If you’re an eater, then you know Ruth Reichl. And if you’re not familiar, she’ll have you hungry in just a few words. The longtime editor in chief of (the now shuttered) Gourmet and restaurant critic for The New York Times, has a seductive way of drawing you into a meal.
The latest draw is My Kitchen Year: 136 Recipes That Saved My Life. It’s a look at what happened when Gourmet folded unexpectedly and Reichl found herself wondering about her own identity. The book dives into her kitchen and world as she found healing through cooking and sharing food with friends and family. The mash-up of memoir and cookbook loosely tracks the seasons, showing how writing about food is often about more than what’s on the plate. [Exhibit A: her best-seller Tender at the Bone.]
And Reichl is coming to Kansas City to talk about My Kitchen Year with a luncheon from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, October 3, at The Webster House (1644 Wyandotte). Tickets to the event put on by Rainy Day Books, are $70, which includes a hardcover copy of the book (Reichl will sign it) and lunch, tax and gratuity.