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April 23 @ 6:30 pm

Chef Allen’s Special Farm-to-Table Dinner: AUTHOR EDITION featuring RUTH REICHL!


April 23
6:30 pm


Books & Books
265 Aragon Avenue
Coral Gables, FL 33134 US
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Ever dreamed of sitting at Ruth Reichl’s dinner table? This is your chance to reserve your spot! In her new memoir, Save Me the Plums (Random House, $27), the trailblazing food writer and beloved restaurant critic chronicles her groundbreaking tenure as editor in chief of Gourmet. Inspired by Reichl’s incredible food journey from Berkley hippie to Conde Nast writer, Chef Allen Susser has created a special sustainable, plant-based menu for this unique Farm-to-Table. Ticket purchase includes a three-course meal, wine pairing, and a copy of Save Me the Plums.

After dinner, join us to discuss the book that Ann Patchett calls “a rare case of an amazing writer living an amazing life.”

Chef Allen’s Farm-to-Table: AUTHOR EDITION


Ruth Reichl and her book 

Save Me the Plums (Random House, $27) 

Tuesday, April 23, 6:30pm

The Café at Books & Books, Coral Gables

(Book talk to follow dinner at 8pm)


About the Book:

Trailblazing food writer and beloved restaurant critic Ruth Reichl took the job (and the risk) of a lifetime when she entered the glamorous, high-stakes world of magazine publishing. Now, for the first time, she chronicles her groundbreaking tenure as editor in chief of Gourmet.

When Condé Nast offered Ruth Reichl the top position at America’s oldest epicurean magazine, she declined. She was a writer, not a manager, and had no inclination to be anyone’s boss. Yet Reichl had been reading Gourmet since she was eight; it had inspired her career. How could she say no?

This is the story of a former Berkeley hippie entering the corporate world and worrying about losing her soul. It is the story of the moment restaurants became an important part of popular culture, a time when the rise of the farm-to-table movement changed, forever, the way we eat. Readers will meet legendary chefs like David Chang and Eric Ripert, idiosyncratic writers like David Foster Wallace, and a colorful group of editors and art directors who, under Reichl’s leadership, transformed stately Gourmet into a cutting-edge publication. This was the golden age of print media—the last spendthrift gasp before the Internet turned the magazine world upside down.

Complete with recipes, Save Me the Plums is a personal journey of a woman coming to terms with being in charge and making a mark, following a passion and holding on to her dreams—even when she ends up in a place she never expected to be.

About the Author:

Ruth Reichl is the bestselling author of the memoirs Garlic and Sapphires, Tender at the Bone, and Comfort Me with Apples and the novel Delicious! She was editor in chief of Gourmet magazine for ten years. She lives in upstate New York with her husband and two cats.