This is a memoir that covers Ruth Reichl’s time as editor of the famed food magazine, Gourmet.
Reichl’s writing about her experiences with food has always been “fascinating and great, but this one is also interesting for what she experienced in the magazine publishing world, especially at a difficult time for that industry,” said a review published in goodreads.com.
“It has lots of details about what made her decide to take the job and the work she did and the fights she took on to update and elevate the magazine,” the review added.
“There are also a lot of stories about the challenges (and what she did not enjoy)- courting advertisers, feeling like the low rung on the ladder as publishers were shifted around, the struggle to create the magazine when budgets were slashed,” it added.
“The chapters in which she talks about the abrupt end of Gourmet were touching and sad. There’s passion and humor in this story, and Reichl’s writing is always so completely engaging and unpretentious.”