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Save Me the Plums

Coming April 2nd, 2019

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Save Me the Plums

Trailblazing food writer and beloved restaurant critic Ruth Reichl took the job (and the risk) of a lifetime when she entered the glamorous, high-stakes world of magazine publishing. Now, for the first time, she chronicles her groundbreaking tenure as editor in chief of Gourmet.

“This is the rare case of an amazing writer living an amazing life.”—Ann Patchett

When Condé Nast offered Ruth Reichl the top position at America’s oldest epicurean magazine, she declined. She was a writer, not a manager, and had no inclination to be anyone’s boss. Yet Reichl had been reading Gourmet since she was eight; it had inspired her career. How could she say no?

This is the story of a former Berkeley hippie entering the corporate world and worrying about losing her soul. It is the story of the moment restaurants became an important part of popular culture, a time when the rise of the farm-to-table movement changed, forever, the way we eat. Readers will meet legendary chefs like David Chang and Eric Ripert, idiosyncratic writers like David Foster Wallace, and a colorful group of editors and art directors who, under Reichl’s leadership, transformed stately Gourmet into a cutting-edge publication. This was the golden age of print media—the last spendthrift gasp before the Internet turned the magazine world upside down.

Complete with recipes, Save Me the Plums is a personal journey of a woman coming to terms with being in charge and making a mark, following a passion and holding on to her dreams—even when she ends up in a place she never expected to be.

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My Kitchen Year

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In the fall of 2009, the food world was rocked when Gourmet magazine was abruptly shuttered by its parent company. No one was more stunned by this unexpected turn of events than its beloved editor in chief, Ruth Reichl, who suddenly faced an uncertain professional future. As she struggled to process what had seemed unthinkable, Reichl turned to the one place that had always provided sanctuary. “I did what I always do when I’m confused, lonely, or frightened,” she writes. “I disappeared into the kitchen.”

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Delicious! A novel

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Delicious a Novel

Published: 2014

Billie Breslin has traveled far from her home in California to take a job at Delicious!, New York’s most iconic food magazine. Away from her family, particularly her older sister, Genie, Billie feels like a fish out of water—until she is welcomed by the magazine’s colorful staff. She is also seduced by the vibrant downtown food scene, especially by Fontanari’s, the famous Italian food shop where she works on weekends. Then Delicious! is abruptly shut down, but Billie agrees to stay on in the empty office, maintaining the hotline for reader complaints in order to pay her bills.

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For You, Mom, Finally.

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Published: 2009

This is the paperback version of Not Becoming My Mother. Why did we change the title? Long story. But everybody loved this picture of me and Mom. She looks so glamorous (and I look so chubby).

Garlic and Sapphires

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Published: 2005

Romulo Yanes shot this cover in the studio at Gourmet. I loved the idea of being present, but hidden. And I loved the bright colors. I mean, with a title like that it had to be blue, right?

Comfort Me with Apples: More Adventures at the Table

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Published: 2001

This picture was taken in Spain in the last 80s, when I went with a group of chefs to show the world how great American cooking had become. (The publisher added the background.)

Tender at the Bone

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Published: 1998

That really is me on the cover. I wish I could remember what I was cooking when my father snapped this picture in 1955.

Mmmmm… a feastiary

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Published: 1972

I wrote this book in 1971, when I was living in a loft on the corner of Rivington and the Bowery (at the time a pretty scary neighborhood). When I couldn’t find a job I liked my friend Pat said, “You’re such a good cook. Why don’t you write a cookbook?”