Save Me the Plums by Ruth Reichl | Book Review

save me the plums

Pages: 266
Publication: Appetite
Release date: April 2, 2019
How I got the copy: Penguin Random House Canada
Rating: 3/5

I love reading about people’s lives and their journeys. It’s fascinating to me knowing how someone has lived and the outcomes of it. I’ve said something like this before but it’s true! Memoirs, biographies, etc. intrigue me.

Some of the topics I really enjoy reading about are surrounding writers, journalists, food, fashion, small town living and city living. I know, small town living and city living are the opposites but I enjoy reading about both. For a chuck of my childhood I grew up in a small town and the other half in a city, which is why I have a special place for both in my heart.

I didn’t know exactly who Ruth Reichl was and came to find bits of who she was when reading the blurb of this book. I wanted to pick up Save Me the Plums because, Reichl, a former hippie and food critic, was entering the corporate world and was worried about losing her soul. I can connect to this and, in a way, was probably looking for some sort of sign to help lead the way. It’s also about the magazine industry and it gave me The Devil Wears Prada vibes minus the fashion industry.

Save Me the Plums also includes recipes spread throughout the book, which is a nice touch. The magazine, Gourmet, was about food and recipes so it makes complete sense. I’d love to veganize some of the recipes and try them out.

Reichl who was a food and restaurant critic took a risk of a lifetime when accepting a job in the glamorous, high-stakes world of magazine publishing at Gourmet. In Save Me the Plums, Reichl chronicles her journey throughout those years working at Gourmet as Editor-in-chief. First declining the position because she saw herself as a writer, not a manager. And it’s not until she realizes she’s been reading the magazine since she was 8 years-old so how couldn’t she take the job?

If I already had some connection with the author, her story, or even Gourmet I would have probably enjoyed this more but since I didn’t I enjoyed the book for what it was on a surface level. It’s still definitely an interesting read especially if you’re interested in the magazine industry and food.


*A copy of this book was provided by Penguin Random House Canada in exchange for an honest review*