My Kitchen Year: 136 Recipes That Saved My Life

My Kitchen Year: 136 Recipes That Saved My Life

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER 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 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER In the fall of 2009, the food world was rocked when Gourmet magazine was abruptly shutte...

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Title:My Kitchen Year: 136 Recipes That Saved My Life
Author:Ruth Reichl
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Genres:Food and Drink
ISBN:My Kitchen Year: 136 Recipes That Saved My Life
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Edition Language:English
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:352 pages pages

My Kitchen Year: 136 Recipes That Saved My Life Reviews

  • K
    Jan 12, 2016
    Although my feelings about Ruth Reichl's books have been somewhat mixed since her first memoir, Tender at the Bone: Growing Up at the Table, I will say that this book actually had a lot to recommend it. It's kind of halfway between a cookbook and a memoir, with some touching sections a...
  • Kate
    Oct 09, 2015
    Very, very basic recipes?almost "arrangements of ingredients." That's not necessarily a bad thing?I love Ruth Reichl's other books, and I mostly enjoyed the recipes as experiences and not because of their technical merits (although I feel like it's worth mentioning that the narrati...
  • Jenny (Reading Envy)
    Oct 09, 2015
    When Gourmet Magazine closed without warning, Ruth Reichl was dumped into a world without a direction. The first year after Gourmet was a tough one, but cooking helped her keep her sanity and process the emotions. This is really a cookbook with a framed narrative, including Tweets she ...
  • Diane
    Nov 27, 2017
    I just adored this foodie memoir and have been raving about it to friends for days. Ruth Reichl was the editor in chief of Gourmet when Condé Nast abruptly shut it down in fall 2009. Stunned and saddened by the loss of the beloved magazine and not sure what to do about her career, ...
  • Tuck
    Dec 15, 2015
    after 10 years being boss of 'gourmet' magazine, author is fired, magazine is shut down (after about 80 year run?) and reichel is a bit of a loss about what to do next. she was in her early 60's, a stable family, an apartment in nyc and a country house up river in the north. she cooked...
  • Terry
    May 07, 2016
    I am glad I read this book. I'm a HUGE fan of her first two books (Tender at the Bone: Growing Up at the Table and Comfort Me with Apples: More Adventures at the Table). I have to admit after all the other heavy reads I've been reading for the BookRiot Read Harder Challenge, this felt ...
  • Renata
    Jan 02, 2016
    If you sometimes like to cook (but not always), if you like a variety of delicious foods, and if you are often tantalized by the beauty and fragrances of food as much as the flavors, then make friends w Ruth Reichl and her new book. With any luck the friendship will last for years! R...
  • Ginger
    Feb 02, 2016
    Ruth Reichl's writing is just gorgeous, silky, sumptuous. The only problem with sitting down with one of her books (I can literally read them cover to cover like a novel), is that you will absolutely have to punctuate that reading time by jumping up a time or two to try one of her reci...
  • ☮Karen
    Mar 09, 2018
    Slightly depressing (will she ever work again after finding herself unemployed at age 61?). Something of a bragfest (of course she will, she's world famous editor in chief of Gourmet mag, and author Ruth Reichl), but I won't hold that against her since she wrote it as a diary not for p...
  • Lesa
    Sep 22, 2015
    When Gourmet magazine folded, Ruth Reichl had been editor in chief for ten years. She was lost. She felt as if the magazine had survived for almost seventy years, and folded on her watch. After she finished her book tour duties for the company, she and her husband retreated to their ho...
  • April
    Dec 27, 2015
    She takes what could be a depressing story ? older woman out of work, increasingly irrelevant in a technological world ? and triumphs in My Kitchen Year: 136 Recipes That Saved My Life. Read my review here ...
  • Chris
    Mar 12, 2015
    There are precious few food writers today that I would follow to the ends of the earth; Amanda Hesser is one, and Ruth Reichl is the other. I don?t re-read, but looking at her list of books through the past 20 years or so I realized I have re-read at least two of them. She?s just t...
  • Julie
    Jan 25, 2016
    In September 2009, Gourmet magazine suddenly closed up shop. Ruth Reichl, the final Gourmet editor, was taken totally by surprise, and was devasted. This book, a combination cookbook and diary/memoir, recounts the year following Gourmet's closure, and Reichl's journey to acceptance of ...
  • Sarah
    Oct 03, 2015
    Oh, Ruth, at least you didn't talk about your mother. But you did wallow in self pity. And you did write a recipe for peanut butter and jelly sandwiches--that includes the word "sexy" nonetheless. Oh, and the tweets. Sigh. ...
  • Laurie Garrison
    Mar 05, 2016
    Sometimes you have to overlook the bad in order to find the good in something. I would have given this book a higher rating, but the book itself is the size of a large hardcover novel so, you physically have to manhandle the book to keep it open while you?re trying to follow the r...
  • Melanie
    Nov 13, 2017
    4.5 stars. Reichl was the editor of Gourmet magazine when it was shut down, rather abruptly. She found herself unexpectedly out of a job and not quite sure what to do with herself, so she turned in the kitchen. This is a cookbook-memoir that's both fun and comforting to read. I found m...
  • Dianne
    Sep 20, 2015
    I don't usually rate cookbooks on Goodreads, but this is a more than a standard cookbook. It's an interesting pairing of personal diary with recipes that mark milestones in the diary. I am a foodie and a cookbook fanatic. I read and collect cookbooks like novels - one of my happiest...
  • Grad
    Nov 11, 2015
    The subtitle to My Kitchen Year, Ruth Reichl?s memoir-cookbook hybrid is ?136 Recipes That Saved My Life.? Saved her life? Wow. What had happened to have so dramatically affected her life that it needed ?saving?? you might ask. I know I did, and I purchased it using one of th...
  • Katie Smith
    Oct 11, 2017
    Today I woke up with the intention of binge watching the newest season of a favorite show; I was halfway through the first episode when I stumbled upon this title while browsing iBooks. The day is now gone and I still have only watched half of the first episode because I was swept up i...
  • PorshaJo
    Oct 09, 2015
    I love to read anything by Ruth Reichl. I have been a fan for a long time. Everything in her books just flows together nicely. Naturally, I love to read anything about food and especially love cookbooks. ...
  • Alexandra
    Sep 28, 2015
    I really enjoyed reading this book. Ruth Reichl is an amazing writer. This book was beautifully written and I could feel her passion for food and her many emotions in her writing. I expected her recipes to be too expensive to try. But to my surprise, they weren't all expensive dishes. ...
  • Cathie
    Aug 30, 2015
    This is an open book of how ?twitter and cooking saved her life? the year following the closing of Gourmet magazine. In her writing, you can sense the loss felt on the shuttering of Gourmet, more so as it happened on her watch. There is also the loss of belonging ? losing your...
  • Jameil
    Dec 13, 2015
    Three stars for her writing style (which I love!) and the recipes. The cookbook/memoir style of this particular book was way too choppy. As soon as I'd settle in to the memoir portion, oh here's another (usually quite accessible and really delicious-sounding) recipe. Then there's t...
  • Joanne
    Oct 14, 2015
    Oh, I loved this book. It was like having a warm shawl wrapped around my shoulders. It was the format that did it for me. Divided into seasons, the timeline of the book started immediately after Gourmet Magazine was abruptly cancelled. Reeling with shock, Ruth Reichl retreated to h...
  • Yaaresse
    Jan 22, 2018
    This is a sentimental read/rating, both because I admire Ruth Reichl and because I have very fond memories of Gourmet during her tenure as editor. I'm really rating it more as a memoir than as a cookbook. If I were to rate is as I usually rate cookbooks, which is admittedly harsh, it w...
  • Nancy
    Apr 14, 2016
    I don't recall reading a cookbook cover to cover before. It is really a memoir with recipes. The photographs are beautiful. Also, I was reminded of one aspect of Under the Tuscan Sun. When both authors are describing ripe tomatoes, you can almost smell them. So, the descriptions of the...
  • Mona Nomura
    Jul 19, 2015
    I am a huge Reichl fan and devour anything she writes. I am also an avid cook. This one, is more a cookbook than a memoir. The recipes are extremely accessible and reminiscent of an Ina Garten type cookbook. Those looking for a 'Garlic and Sapphires' type read will probably be disappoi...
  • Debra
    Jun 04, 2017
    Once I find an author I love, I read absolutely everything she/he has written. Such was the case when I discovered Barbara Kingsolver in the early 90s. (Animal Dreams still remains one of my favorites). After I heard David Sedaris on "This American Life," I had to read everything he ev...
  • Diane Zwang
    Sep 30, 2018
    I love Ruth Reichl and was introduced to her through her book Tender at the Bone. I fell in love with it and continued to read Garlic and Sapphires and Comfort Me with Apples. It has been a long time since I have read one of her books so I was pleasantly surprised to see a new book. ...
  • Robin Kempf
    Jan 26, 2016
    I would have put this down if not for the challenge from BookRiot to read a food memoir. I would have given this one star, but I will give it two because there were 10-12 recipes that sounded interesting. Still, I am not motivated to copy them on principle. The faux poetry/tweets that ...