GARLIC AND SAPPHIRES is Ruth Reichl's riotous account of the many disguises she employs to dine anonymously. There is her stint as Molly Hollis, a frumpy blond with manicured nails and an off-beige Armani suit that Ruth takes on when reviewing Le Cirque. The result: her famous double review of the restaurant: first she ate there as Molly; and then as she was coddled and pampered on her visit there as Ruth, New York Times food critic.
What is even more remarkable about Reichl's spy games is that as she takes on these various disguises, she finds herself changed not just superficially, but in character as well. She gives a remarkable account of how one's outer appearance can very much influence one's inner character, expectations, and appetites.
As she writes, "Every restaurant is a theater . . . even the modest restaurants offer the opportunity to become someone else, at least for a little while." GARLIC AND SAPPHIRES is a reflection on personal identity and role playing in the decadent, epicurean theaters of the restaurant world.
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bernadette dunne is an excellent narrator.
this book was excellent. reichl's descriptions are captivating. the voice of the narrator- bernadette dunne enhances them till they sound like a culinary lullaby. i yearn to eat the things she eats and try the restaurants she tries.
Are You Hungry for an Excellent Read?
I read this Ruth Reichl book and was wowed by how, well, delicious it was! I enjoy reading about food, and also the somewhat hilarious escapades of a well spoken individual. This particular novel combined both excellent taste and funny disguises, plus delicious recipies and an all-around makings of a very intresting story line. While this sort of novel is not for everyone, if you are a chef, an editor for a newspaper, a restraunt reviewer (or maybe just in your mind!) and especially of you are a person who loves to eat and loves to read, you will enjoy this tasty read. Though I think the recording could of been better (get a better narrator! get a better narrator!) it is well worth the $22.00 for the unabriged version!