Ruth Reichl

29th annual Key West Literary Seminar

—The Hungry Muse: An Exploration of Food in Literature—

January 6 - 16, 2011

Ruth Reichl was born in New York City and earned her bachelor’s degree and master’s degree in art history from the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor. As a co-owner and cook at the collective restuarant The Swallow, she played a part in the culinary revolution that took place in Berkeley, California, in the 1970s. In the 1980s and 1990s, she was a restaurant critic at the Los Angeles Times and then The New York Times, where she was both praised and excoriated as a “subversive” and “democratizing force” willing to give equal billing to SoHo noodle shops and elite French restaurants. She was editor-in-chief of Gourmet until it folded in 2009.

Reichl is the author of critically-acclaimed, bestselling memoirs includingTender at the Bone: Growing Up at the TableComfort Me with Apples: More Adventures at the Table; and Garlic and Sapphires: The Secret Life of a Critic in Disguise. Her most recent book is For You Mom, Finally. She is the editor of The Modern Library Food Series, as well as several collections published by Gourmet, including Endless Feasts: Sixty Years of Writing from Gourmet; History in a Glass: Sixty Years of Wine Writing from Gourmet; and The Gourmet Cookbook.

Reichl has been honored with six James Beard Awards, numerous awards from the Association of American Food Journalists, and the YWCA’s Elizabeth Cutter Morrow Award. She lives in New York City with her husband, Michael Singer, a television news producer, and their son.

Online Resources:

Ruth Reichl’s website
Follow Reichl on Twitter
NYT Q & A with Deborah Solomon
Dwight Garner’s interview in Salon

Selected Bibliography:

For You Mom, Finally (Penguin 2010)

Garlic and Sapphires: The Secret Life of a Critic in Disguise (Penguin 2005)

Comfort Me with Apples: Love, Adventure and a Passion for Cooking(Arrow Books 2003)

Tender at the Bone: Growing Up at the Table (Broadway 1999)

Mmmmmmm: a feastiary (Holt, Rinehart, and Winston 1972)

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