Today, I am introducing a new category: Aliciousreads. Here I am going to give quick reviews of books for one reason or another made me laugh, cry, think, all of them or that I simply liked.
I am starting off with my most recent read:
Comfort Me With Apples: Love, Adventure and a Passion for Cooking by Ruth Reichl
Set between the other books of Ruth Reichl I have so far read and loved (Tender at the Bone and Garlic and Sapphires), Comfort Me with Apples is set in California where a young Ruth is starting out as a restaurant critic and slowly turning her passion into a serious career. Her unique ability to intertwine her personal life with food into an unseparable union that actually makes sense allows readers to feel her pain, share her joy and literally taste each dish she so lovingly describes in every last delicious detail.
But it is not her descriptive talent that captivated me the most (even though I found myself salivating plenty of times, often unexpectedly): It is her passion for everything food related, the way she doesn’t mind getting her hands dirty in the kitchen, how she is willing to try everything at least once – be that at Ladurée in Paris or a street stall in rural China and the vast knowledge about all those different kinds of vegetables, spices and methods of preparing them she has accumulated over years of cooking, tasting and looking over the shoulders of the most renowned chefs.
The recipes she will share with her reader throughout her novel are almost exclusively comfort foods that – especially when prepared with as much love as they were written with – will brighten up your day.
This book is for you…
if you liked any of her other books or Isabelle Allende’s Aphrodite
This book is not for you…
if you have a problem with people consuming animal products as exactly zero of her recipes are vegan.
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