Garlic and Sapphires: The secret life of a Critic in Disguise

June 14, 2007 at 12:42 pm | Posted in Non-Fiction | Leave a comment

In her role as food for The New York Times Ruth Reichl gets to dine at some of the finest restaurants in the city. But is the service she receives the same as that which the ordinary diner receives, or do the chefs go to extra lengths when they realise she is on their premises, hoping to impress her into giving them the coveted 4 star review? To test this premise out Ruth dons a variety of disguises (homely earth-mother, chic seductress, eccentric redhead, school marm), makes her reservations and settles into her dining experiences. “Garlic and sapphires” is her account of how she is treated and, more fascinatingly, her reaction to that treatment. There are also mouth-watering accounts of some of the more sumptuous dishes presented to her, as well as some favourite recipes.
This light-hearted, humorous account gives an intriguing look into a career that many would consider a very desirable job.

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