Cooks with Books: Ruth Reichl - My Kitchen Year

Wednesday, October 7, 2015 - 6:00pm

Insalata's in San Anselmo
Tickets: Single $125; Couples $180
Price includes meal, wine, tax, tip, and a signed copy of the book

Please note: online ticket sales are now closed. For waitlist availability, please call (415) 927-0960 x 1.

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 one place that had always provided sanctuary, her kitchen. This book follows the change of seasons and Reichl's emotions as she slowly heals through the simple pleasures of cooking. The 136 recipes collected here represent a life's 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, and a rhubarb sundae that signals the arrival of spring. Here, too, is Reichl's 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: 136 Recipes that Changed my Life may be Ruth Reichl's most stirring book yet one 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. 

Ruth Reichl joined Gourmet as Editor in Chief in April 1999 after previously working for The New York Times, where she had been the restaurant critic since 1993. As chef and co-owner of The Swallow Restaurant from 1974 to 1977, she played a part in the culinary revolution that took place in Berkeley, California. She later served as restaurant critic for New West and California magazines. In 1984, she became restaurant critic of the Los Angeles Times, where she was also named food editor. Reichl began writing about food in 1972, when she published a book called Mmmmm: A Feastiary. Since then, she has authored the critically acclaimed, best-selling memoirs, Tender at the Bone and Comfort Me With Apples. Reichl has been honored with three James Beard Awards and with numerous awards from the Association of American Food Journalists. She holds a B.A. and an M.A. in the History of Art from the University of Michigan, and lives in New York City with her husband, Michael Singer and their son.


120 Sir Francis Drake Blvd.
San Anselmo, CA 94960
My Kitchen Year: 136 Recipes That Saved My Life Cover Image
ISBN: 9781400069989
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Random House - September 29th, 2015

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