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Save Me the Plums: My Gourmet Memoir by Ruth Reichl

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  • ISBN 10 1400069998
  • ISBN 13 9781400069996
  • Published Apr 02 2019
  • Format Hardcover
  • Page Count 288
  • Language English
  • Countries United States
  • Publisher Random House

Publishers Text

Trailblazing food writer and beloved restaurant critic Ruth Reichl took the risk (and the job) 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, during which she spearheaded a revolution in the way we think about food.

When Condé Nast offered Ruth Reichl the top position at America's oldest epicurean magazine, she initially declined. She was a writer, not a manager, and had no inclination to be anybody's boss. And yet . . . Reichl had been reading Gourmet since she was eight; it had inspired her entire 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 that 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. It 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 ended up in a place she never expected to be.


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