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Jeneration X: One Reluctant Adult’s Attempt to Unarrest Her Arrested Development; Or, Why It’s Never Too Late for Her Dumb Ass to Learn Why Froot Loops Are Not for Dinner

Jeneration X: One Reluctant Adult’s Attempt to Unarrest Her Arrested Development; Or, Why It’s Never Too Late for Her Dumb Ass to Learn Why Froot Loops Are Not for Dinner

Title: Jeneration X: One Reluctant Adult’s Attempt to Unarrest Her Arrested Development; Or, Why It’s Never Too Late for Her Dumb Ass to Learn Why Froot Loops Are Not for Dinner Author: Jen Lancaster 2017 Book Challenge Entry: A book written by someone you admire Thoughts: I first discovered […]

Murder on the Moor

Murder on the Moor

Title: Murder on the Moor Author: Julianna Deering 2017 Book Challenge Entry: A book about a difficult topic Thoughts: Hello all! Today’s entry is a bit of a stretch, but I feel that it fits. Kind of. Enough. Murder is a difficult topic right? Story time! In […]

And Then There Were None

And Then There Were None

Title: And Then There Were None Author: Agatha Christie 2017 Book Challenge Entry: A book by an author that is from a country you have never visited Thoughts: One of the things I absolutely love about my family is that we looove movies. To be honest, I haven’t […]

In A Dark, Dark Wood

In A Dark, Dark Wood

Title: In a Dark, Dark Wood Author: Ruth Ware 2017 Book Challenge Entry: A book that takes place in the wilderness Thoughts:  One of the first books I read this year was The Woman in Cabin 10. It came highly recommended by a good friend of mine who […]

American Gods

American Gods

Title: American Gods Author: Neil Gaiman 2017 Book Challenge Entry: A book based on mythology Thoughts: In most readers’ lives, there comes an author or two that just stick. They get under your skin and their brand of storytelling reaches into you and takes hold. For me, one of […]

Chocolate Babka: Two Day Bake Edition

Chocolate Babka: Two Day Bake Edition

Hello all! Greetings from the world of a new mom! Things are crazy and wonderful. Our little honey is about 6 weeks old and we are absolutely in love with her. We are also completely sleep deprived and occasionally forget to eat, but hey. Such […]

Mindful Birthing:Training the Mind, Body and Heart for Childbirth and Beyond

Mindful Birthing:Training the Mind, Body and Heart for Childbirth and Beyond

Title: Mindful Birthing: Training the Mind, Body and Heart for Childbirth and Beyond Author: Nancy Bardacke, C.N.M 2017 Book Challenge Entry: A book with a subtitle Thoughts: Here is the thing. Being pregnant and having a baby? Terrifying. Amazing, but terrifying. It’s transformative in a way that you can’t […]

The Blind Assassin

The Blind Assassin

Title: The Blind Assassin Author: Margaret Atwood 2017 Book Challenge Entry: A book that takes place in two time periods Thoughts: As an avid reader, I find lots of books that truly move me. I also find books that I don’t like so much or books that I enjoy […]

The Last of August

The Last of August

Title: The Last of August Author: Brittany Cavallaro 2017 Book Challenge Entry: A book with a month or day of the week in the title Thoughts: A while ago, I read the first book in the Charlotte Holmes mystery trilogy, A Study in Charlotte. As my previous post will attest, […]

The Secret Garden

The Secret Garden

Title: The Secret Garden Author: Frances Hodgson Burnett 2017 Book Challenge Entry: A book you loved as a child Thoughts: This entry is one I have been looking forward to filling ever since January. I knew it would be a hard one because I loved so many books as […]

Time Lord Fairy Tales

Time Lord Fairy Tales

Title: Time Lord Fairy Tales Author: Justin Richards 2017 Book Challenge Entry: A book with a mythical creature Thoughts: Something I have shared here, and have no shame about in my life, is my obsession with fairy tales. I absolutely love them. As a kid, I had illustrated collections […]

Wonder

Wonder

Title: Wonder Author: R. J. Palacio 2017 Book Challenge Entry: A book becoming a movie in 2017 Thoughts: For those of you who don’t know me, I am a person without a real career. At one point in my life, I wanted to become a teacher. I went to […]

Zucchini Muffins

Zucchini Muffins

Greetings from my kitchen! It is the almost middle of August which means it’s almost the end of August which means it’s almost Fall! Fall! It’s my favorite. With fall comes many things. Leggings and dresses. Boots. Pretty Leaves. All the things a basic chick […]

Cinnamon Roll Coffee Cake: The Easiest Thing Ever. Seriously.

Cinnamon Roll Coffee Cake: The Easiest Thing Ever. Seriously.

Hey hey hey! Greetings from our ranch house in the burbs! We are getting closer to our little nugget’s entrance into this world and are crazy excited as well as completely awed by all the love in our lives. In the last few weeks, we […]

Chocolate Chip Scones: Big Batch Baking Edition!

Chocolate Chip Scones: Big Batch Baking Edition!

Good day all! Let’s have a summer story. Over 4th of July, my brother and his family came to visit from New York. They are pretty awesome. My bro, his wife and their almost 8-year-old are basically the smartest people I know and we had […]

Marshmallow Brownies!

Marshmallow Brownies!

Hello all! This summer, I have been helping out at the ballet company where I work with their summer intensive. Almost 200 dancers from all over the country came to take class for 5 weeks. My job was basically as an administrative assistant, but it […]

Lemon Squares. Because Summer.

Lemon Squares. Because Summer.

It is summer. Unequivocally summer. Also, I most definitely had to look up how to spell “unequivocally”. Anyway, around this time of year, I like to make things that I normally wouldn’t make. I find myself going to picnics, barbecues, showers of all kinds and […]

Chocolate Dipped Shortbread

Chocolate Dipped Shortbread

Hello from my not as tiny kitchen! So, I’ve been on like, a 6 month hiatus from this thing and it’s been driving me crazy. So much has happened since last we met and I’m happy as all get out that I’m getting back into […]

The Woman in Cabin 10

The Woman in Cabin 10

Title: The Woman in Cabin 10 Author: Ruth Ware 2017 Book Challenge Entry: A book involving travel Thoughts: This was one of those books that I thought I would read as a lark. I tend to like mysteries in general and murder mysteries specifically. This one seemed fun […]

Tender at the Bone: Growing Up at the Table

Tender at the Bone: Growing Up at the Table

Title: Tender at the Bone: Growing Up at the Table Author: Ruth Reichl 2017 Book Challenge Entry: A book about food Thoughts: Obviously, I’m a huge food fan. I love to eat food, I love to take pictures of food and I love to talk about food. Oddly enough, […]


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Title: Tender at the Bone: Growing Up at the Table
Author: Ruth Reichl
2017 Book Challenge Entry: A book about food
Thoughts: Obviously, I’m a huge food fan. I love to eat food, I love to take pictures of food and I love to talk about food. Oddly enough, in my literary journey I have not read very much about food. Most of the books I pick up about food sound a bit clinical and I always find there is something else on my reading list pulling at me with more force.
This one though. This one I had been itching to read for a while. In Tender at the Bone, Ruth Reichl tells her story from growing up in Greenwich Village, where as a child she would routinely intercept dinner guests to steer them away from her mother’s cooking, to becoming food critic for both the The Los Angeles Times and The New York Times.  I figured with a resume like that, she probably knew how to write.
She does.
And it’s not just writing like, she makes good word choices and she knows where to put commas. I mean, she can craft a scene. She knows how to make you feel like you are in her living room in New York, or the bistro she worked in when she lived in California.
She also writes about food like a pro. #obvi.  But here’s the thing. She wasn’t born a food critic. She wasn’t born a wonderful cook. She wasn’t even born or raised to have a discerning palate. She is a person who learned to love food based on her relationships as a child. Since she worked and fought and learned to gain this knowledge, she still remembers life B.G.F (Before Great Food) so her telling of experiencing great dishes for the first time are full of reverence for the cook and the recipe. Great dining wasn’t in her destiny. It was a long road for her to travel and the trip along that road is amazing.
The thing that really astounded me throughout the book, however, wasn’t her ability to command the page with her descriptions of food and wine. I mean, don’t get me wrong, that was fantastic, but what was truly powerful, was the way she made you understand human relationships, especially those within her immediate family.
I have family members with mental health issues and the way she describes the guilt, frustration and incredulous feelings associated with handling those family members is spot on. She also captures the love and patience you have to find to navigate those relationships. When she is younger, these situations are kind of hilarious. As she gets older and develops a greater understanding of the situation, they become more serious and somber. She just hits every note right. She doesn’t miss a beat. Anywhere.
I’ve read a lot of memoirs over the years and sometimes they don’t satisfy me. They can become a bit repetitive. This one just had a different flavor. See what I did there?  While her story has a lot to do with food and she tells that aspect of it so very well, there is more here. She has had and is still having a hearty, meaty life and it is one that sticks on your ribs for a while.
Happy Reading!