Comfort Me with Apples is the charming sequel to Ruth Reichl’s Tender at the Bone. However, I actually read Comfort Me with Apples first (the library didn’t have the first book, oops!), and had no problem enjoying or following the story. Where Garlic and Sapphires is an amusing tale of Reichl’s disguises to prevent recognition as the New York Times restaurant critic, Comfort Me with Apples is a memoir that artfully weaves her backstory into this delightful read.
Reading this book, you come to understand Reichl’s deep love of food and her involvement in the early food movement, living on a commune in Berkeley. As the novel progresses, we see Reichl begin work as a restaurant critic (and I think we are all so thankful she did!) and watch her career blossom. We also are afforded an intimate view into her personal life and relationship struggles along the way. As you witness her failing marriage and fledgling relationship with another man, her sincere desire to have a child, and other glimpses into her life, you are likely to be struck with her openness and honesty.
Reichl’s metaphorical and beautiful description of food – a common thread throughout all her writing – will leave you charmed…and hungry. You also just might feel like you have joined her as a friend at the dinner table of one of the amazing meals she brings to life, to share in warm conversation between confidantes.