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Save Me the Plums

(2019)
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New York Times Best Seller

Trailblazing food writer and beloved restaurant critic Ruth Reichl took the job (and the risk) of a lifetime when she entered the high-stakes world of magazine publishing. Now, for the first time, she chronicles her groundbreaking tenure as editor in chief of Gourmet.

"A must for any food lover... Reichl is a warm, intimate writer. She peels back the curtain to a glamorous time of magazine-making. You'll tear through this memoir." [Refinery29 (The Best New Books of April 2019)]

When Conde Nast offered Ruth Reichl the top position at America's oldest epicurean magazine, she declined. She was a writer, not a manager, and had no inclination to be anyone's boss. Yet Reichl had been reading Gourmet since she was eight; it had inspired her 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 we eat. Listeners 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. This 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 ends up in a place she never expected to be.

Praise for Save Me the Plums:

"Poignant and hilarious...simply delicious... Each serving of magazine folklore is worth savoring. In fact, Reichl's story is juicier than a Peter Luger porterhouse. Dig in." (The New York Times Book Review)

"In this smart, touching, and dishy memoir...Ruth Reichl recalls her years at the helm of Gourmet magazine with clear eyes, a sense of humor, and some very appealing recipes." [Town & Country (The Must-Read Books of Spring 2019)]

"If you haven't picked up food writing queen Ruth Reichl's new book, Save Me the Plums, I highly recommend you fix that problem.... Reichl is in top form and ready to dish, with every chapter seeming like a dedicated behind-the-scenes documentary on its own." (Soleil Ho, San Francisco Chronicle)



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August 2019 : USA Library Binding
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Title: Save Me the Plums: My Gourmet Memoir
Author(s): Ruth Reichl
ISBN: 1-4328-6738-5 / 978-1-4328-6738-6 (USA edition)
Publisher: Thorndike Press Large Print
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April 2019 : USA Hardback
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Title: Save Me the Plums: My Gourmet Memoir
Author(s): Ruth Reichl
ISBN: 1-4000-6999-8 / 978-1-4000-6999-6 (USA edition)
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April 2019 : USA Hardback
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Title: Save Me the Plums: My Gourmet Memoir
Author(s): Ruth Reichl
ISBN: 0-525-61060-X / 978-0-525-61060-1 (USA edition)
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April 2019 : USA Audio CD
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Title: Save Me the Plums: My Gourmet Memoir
Author(s): Ruth Reichl
ISBN: 0-385-39348-2 / 978-0-385-39348-5 (USA edition)
Publisher: Random House
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Title: Save Me the Plums: My Gourmet Memoir
Author(s): Ruth Reichl
Publisher: Random House Audio
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Title: Save Me the Plums: My Gourmet Memoir
Author(s): Ruth Reichl
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Title: Save Me the Plums: My Gourmet Memoir
Author(s): Ruth Reichl
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April 2019 : Canada Kindle edition
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Title: Save Me the Plums: My Gourmet Years
Author(s): Ruth Reichl
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