Garlic and Sapphires
Garlic and Sapphires [the Secret Life of A Critic in Disguise] By Reichl, Ruth Audiobook CD - 2005

Ruth Reichl, the last editor of the now defunct Gourmet magazine, shares stories from her days as the restaurant critic at the New York Times in the 1990s. She would visit a restaurant 5 or 6 times in different disguises before writing her review. Her most famous review was also her first review for the paper. Le Cirque was reviewed by Molly Hollis, the ignored housewife from Michigan, and by Ruth Reichl, the recognized restaurant critic from the New York Times. The experiences were vastly different which resulted in a 1 star rating for the restaurant. Reichl also liked to review ethnic restaurants which created much angst for some long-time readers. An entertaining look at the restaurant reviewing game.

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