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Her stories shine with the voices and recipes of those she has encountered on the way, such as her Aunt Birdie's maid and companion, Alice, who first taught Reichl both the power of cooking and how to make perfect apple dumplings; the family's mysterious patrician housekeeper, Mrs. Peavey, who always remembered to make extra pastry for the beef Wellington; Serafina, the college roommate with whom Reichl explored a time of protest and political and personal discovery; and, finally, cookbook author Marion Cunningham, who, after tales of her midlife struggles and transformation, gave Reichl the strength to overcome her own anxieties.
Reichl's wry and gentle humor pervades the book, and makes readers feel as if they're right at the table, laughing at one great story after another (and delighting in a gourmet meal at the same time, of course). Reichl's narrative of a life lived and remembered through the palate will stay with the reader long after the last page is turned. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Great book for those who love food and good literature. Ruth Reichl writes about growing up with a mother who is bipolar, and describes an interesting, sometimes chaotic, life,... Read morePublished on April 5 2011 by Susanne Rosebrock
I found the authors travels more interesting than her descriptions of eating or cooking. Much of her cooking tales personally turned my stomach. Read morePublished on June 19 2004 by Sarah Sammis
A memoir about a food writers coming of age through her experiences with food. Her descriptions of food are tantalizing and the recipes sprinkled throughout tempting. Read morePublished on April 10 2004 by J. Jacobs
Overall, TENDER AT THE BONE is a lovely coming-of-age story with hilarious vignettes that could be woven into a heart-warming comedic drama. Read morePublished on Dec 22 2003 by JunkyardMessiah
Funny family innuendos meets pleasant field trips on culinary excursions. A great little story about growing up and discovering the rewarding, sometimes almost sinful, pleasures of... Read morePublished on Oct. 28 2003 by Kirsten E. Walker
i don't eat any animal products, and there are only two or three recipes in this book that i can even relate to, but despite this, i love this book. Read morePublished on April 11 2003 by Kim
Reading this book was a pleasure. Ms. Reichl is an amazingly sensual writer. Her stories are emotional, funny and very interesting. Read morePublished on Feb. 26 2003 by Romantic Anna
Ruth Reichl can cook, she can edit, and she can write.
This is an engaging story of growing up with a bi-polar mother in the era before the condition had a name or treatment... Read more
I just couldn't put this one down! Ruth Reichl has an obvious talent for engaging her readers. In Tender at the Bone, Ruth chronicles her early life as a "gourmand in... Read morePublished on Jan. 26 2003 by Chris Frost