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Book Review: Save me the plums by Ruth Reichl

I can definitely say, without the Bad on Paper Pod Cast Girls, I would never have gravitated towards this book on my own. I am totally disappointed in myself, judging a book by its cover and title. I am SO glad I picked this up.

Save me the plums by Ruth Reichl

Genre: Memoir, Autobiography

BUG rating: 4/5

Overall: I had no idea who Ruth Reichl was when I started this book, but her story intrigued me. I am a sucker for books involving women who succeed in turning things around. I really loved everything about this book. The storytelling was FANTASTIC. I connected so much with Ruth through the pages as she talked about her unexpected journey of landing the job of Editor in Chief for the Gourmet magazine. This book took me to places I wasn’t expecting to go. Although I knew it was going to span several decades, I hadn’t expected the chapter on 9/11, an emotional read! Ruth is a strong woman, not scared to challenge the status quo, she’s direct and honest and this book kind of reminded me of Park Avenue Summer by Renee Rosen where Helen Gurley Brown turns around a failing magazine. It had the same kind of vibes. I will be recommending this one to many – I also loved the recipes scattered throughout the book – some of which I will definitely be trying!

I’d learned an important lesson: When something frightens me, it is definitely worth doing.


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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