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My Kitchen Year: 136 Recipes That Saved My Life

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLERIn 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 one place that had always provided sanctuary. I did what I always do when Im confused, lonely, or frightened, she writes. I disappeared into the kitchen.My Kitchen Year follows the change of seasonsand Reichls emotionsas she slowly heals through the simple pleasures of cooking. While working 24/7, Reichl would throw quick meals together for her family and friends. Now she has the time to rediscover what cooking meant to her. Imagine kale, leaves dark and inviting, sauted with chiles and garlic; summer peaches baked into a simple cobbler; fresh oysters chilling in a box of snow; plump chickens and earthy mushrooms, fricasseed with cream. Over the course of this challenging year, each dish Reichl prepares becomes a kind of stepping stone to finding joy again in ordinary things. The 136 recipes collected here represent a lifes passion for food: a blistering ma po tofu that shakes Reichl out of the blues; a decadent grilled cheese sandwich that accompanies a rare sighting in the woods around her home; a rhubarb sundae that signals the arrival of spring. Here, too, is Reichls enlivening dialogue with her Twitter followers, who become her culinary supporters and lively confidants. Part cookbook, part memoir, part paean to the household gods, My Kitchen Year may be Ruth Reichls most stirring book yetone that reveals a refreshingly vulnerable side of the world's most famous food editor as she shares treasured recipes to be returned to again and again and again....

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My Kitchen Year: 136 Recipes That Saved My Life Reviews

  • Dianne

    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 pastimes is curling up with a glass of wine or a cup of coffee and purusing stacks of cookbooks or old Bon Appetit/Gourmet magazines (I have a collection that goes back to the 80's). I especially love cookbooks that h
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  • Renata

    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!

    Ruth Reichl has been writing about food almost as long as I've been enjoying food. The passion for food runs deep to the bone both in preparing it and sharing it w friends and family and in ever exploring and learning
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  • Jenny (Reading Envy)

    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 made during the time (@ruthreichl). Because of her respect for ingredients and since practically everything in the book is comfort food, many of the recipes sound appealing.

    I listened to the audio, which felt a bit
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  • Melanie

    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 myself reading every word, even the recipes for things like roast duck and fried oysters - things I have no desire to eat. I like cooking, but it's often hard to muster the energy to spend much time in the kitchen a ...more

  • Laurie Garrison

    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 recipes. The photos are very lacking too, they most defiantly won’t make you want to jump up and start cooking. Then there is the story of self-pity in which I didn’t much care for so, I quit reading it after a few chapte
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  • K

    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 about Ruth's emotional struggles after the abrupt termination of "Gourmet" Magazine and her editorship and how cooking, and eventually turning her cooking experiences into this cookbook, comforted her. Ruth writes p ...more

  • Julie

    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 this major change in her life.

    I loved this book! I'm not sure how many of the recipes will end up being prepared in my kitchen—the Italian Plum Torte is a definite candidate—but the combination of the stories surro
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  • ☮Karen

    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 publication. Very quick read as there are recipes and gorgeous pictures with very little text. I probably won't make any of the suggested recipes as my tastes are simpler (no oysters, duck, matzoh, or puntarelle in ...more