When Gourmet magazine closed its doors, no one was more surprised than its editor-in-chief, Ruth Reichl. Her previous release, My Kitchen Year, is a cookbook of the recipes that saw her through this sudden and heartbreaking change. Save Me the Plums is a memoir of how Reichl came to be at the magazine she’d pored over as a child, how she transformed it from a stuffy relic of the old guard into a publication that embraced a new culinary era.
Reichl is a legend, so when Seira Wilson had the opportunity to sit down with her in our offices, she jumped at the chance. Among other topics, they talked about her time at Gourmet, raucous after-hours parties with the hardest working chefs of New York City, and her memories of Condé Nast mogul S.I. Newhouse.
First up in the podcast, the Amazon Books editors discuss summer reading: what does it all mean, and the books are they looking forward to the most—including a smart, intriguing horror novel, the latest from Eat, Pray, Love author Elizabeth Gilbert, a return (of sorts) to Sex in the City, and, believe it or not, the search for Sasquatch. Listen below, and those titles are listed in the show notes below for reference.
Looking forward to summer reading:
- Ask Again, Yes: A Novel by Mary Beth Keane (May 28)
- City of Girls: A Novel by Elizabeth Gilbert (June 4)
- Is There Still Sex in the City? by Candace Bushnell (August 6)
- A Nearly Normal Family: A Novel by M.T. Edvardsson (June 25)
- In the Valleys of the Noble Beyond: In Search of the Sasquatch by John Zada (July 2)
Seira's interview with Ruth Reichl: 17:21
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