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  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Random House Trade Paperbacks; Reprint edition (April 9 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0375758739
  • ISBN-13: 978-0375758737
  • Product Dimensions: 20.1 x 13.2 x 2 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 181 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (73 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #482,646 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)


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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Kristina Campbell on Dec 30 2010
Format: Paperback
This is a scrumptious, engaging book that I devoured in a couple of days. It's a little like a grown-up version of Elizabeth Gilbert's Eat, Pray, Love. In her personal memoir, Reichl (a food writer) made me understand how food plays a specific role at certain points in a woman's life - how a chocolate cake can be a declaration of love, how baking sweet potato pies can help overcome the sorrow of a broken relationship. A pleasure to read.
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By A Customer on July 7 2004
Format: Paperback
This book is beautifully written. The honesty with which Reichl shares the joys and pains of her early professional career, and her ongoing exploration of food and of herself, will offer comfort, hope and inspiration to any reader, regardless of their understanding or passion for food. This is a book that reaches beyond the kitchens' of "foodies" and into all of our lives to offer us an outlet to contemplate the place of confusion, pain, and longing that so often co-exist along side happiness, excitement and fulfillment. Through Reichl's writing, readers are offered an example of how to look inwards at ourselves, and outward at the world, with compassion.
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By A Customer on July 7 2004
Format: Paperback
Tender at the Bone was a good book. Comfort Me with Apples was not. I finished Bone wanting more, and finished Apples wishing I'd stopped after one course.
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By A Customer on July 3 2004
Format: Paperback
This book, which I gave one star simply for the delicious recipes it provided, was an evocative read. The smells and tastes of the various dishes prepared and consumed float off the page. This sequel to "Tender at the Bone" finds Reichl continuing to review restaurants, as well as deal with her demanding mother. She's also good at describing the characters she met while touring restaurants. However, while I admire her for her willingness to try any dish (even armadillo!), I wish less had been in about her various affairs. While I may be overly judgmental, I found her ruminations about her love life distracting and irritating. While the author is an adult, I just felt like she should have concentrated more on her professional life. When she sticks to food, Reichl is on more secure footing, I think. When she is wondering about her lovers, the book takes on a more teen magazine feel.
However, I had to hand it to her when she finally decides to stop being manipulated by her mother. That description, short as it was, was priceless. No more pussycat, for her!
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By A Customer on June 3 2004
Format: Paperback
Worth reading, if just barely, for the dishy (pun intended) anecdotes about Wolfgang Puck, Danny Kaye, and Other Celebrity Chefs I Have Known. Otherwise, this book reads like a soap opera. If you actually want to read about food, sample M.F.K. Fisher instead.
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By A Customer on April 26 2004
Format: Paperback
The witty writing drew me in immediately. I laughed aloud at her tales of work and life in Berkeley. Her description of her affairs was painfully long and made me feel embarassed for her and the people involved. It is unclear why she felt it necessary to reveal this area of her life at that level of detail. I almost stopped reading at that point. Thankfully, she moved on to new food and travel adventures. I liked the inclusion of recipes and enjoyed reading about her family life, when it did not expose her unsavory behavior. Overall this was a quick, funny read that she could have focused more succinctly.
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By A Customer on April 19 2004
Format: Hardcover
I read Tender at the Bone, another 5* read, and this one. I have two things to say about both of these books: 1) Extremely pleasurable reading; and 2) I feel a little lost and sad when I see these books at the library or bookstore knowing that I have already read them. I hope she writes another memoir.
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This followup to Reichl's first memoir, Tender At the Bone, is as lush as its predecessor, if a little sickening as a comforting marriage splinters, a self is reinvented, and a longed-for child is gained and lost.
Though she's well-known for writing about food, Ruth Reichl is just as adept at writing about the self, particularly when the self is caught in unfamiliar, transitional phases.
In the beginning of Comfort Me With Apples, Reichl finds herself embroiled in one extramarital affair after the other. The breakdown of her marriage is sketched for the reader, rather than drawn out in excruciating detail, but that sketch is evocative and, indeed, excruciating anyway. It's very clear to the reader what Reichl is giving up, and how hard it is for her to make the decision to give it up.
Also palpable, though never stated outright, is her bemusement at being swept into the L.A. food world of celebrity chefs and movie stars. Perhaps that feeling comes from having read Tender At the Bone.
The part of Comfort Me With Apples that will stay with me the longest is the part about Reichl's adopted daughter, Gavi. I can't imagine withstanding a loss like that. Indeed, I had no idea there was any such thing in Reichl's life. She tells the story of her daughter with the awe-inspiring level of self-knowledge that seems to be a characteristic of her memoirs.
Ruth Reichl knows food, but Ruth Reichl also knows herself -- every strength and weakness, every grace and meanness -- and she's not afraid to show us each aspect of her personality.
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