Ruth Reichl will be In Conversation about her New Hardcover ~ Save Me the Plums: My Gourmet Memoir

EVENT OVERVIEW:   Ruth Reichl, Trailblazing Food Writer and beloved Restaurant Critic, will be In Conversation with Vivien Jennings, Founder & President of Rainy Day Books about Ruth's New Hardcover Save Me the Plums: My Gourmet Memoir.

ABOUT RUTH REICHL:  Ruth Reichl is the Bestselling Author of the Memoirs Tender at the Bone, Comfort Me with Apples, Garlic and Sapphires, and For You Mom, Finally; the Novel Delicious!; and, most recently, the Cookbook My Kitchen Year.  She was Editor in Chief of Gourmet Magazine for 10 Years.  Previously she was the Restaurant Critic for The New York Times and served as the Food Editor and Restaurant Critic for The Los Angeles Times.  She has been honored with 6 James Beard Awards for her Journalism, Magazine Feature Writing, and Criticism.  She lives in upstate New York with her husband and two cats.


Save Me the Plums sweeps the reader up in the intoxicating splendor of Gourmet in its glory days, when the smart set was in it for the food, the friendship, and the big new ideas.  This is the rare case of an amazing writer living an amazing life, with a book that’s the party I never wanted to end.” ~ Ann Patchett, #1 New York Times Bestselling Author of Commonwealth

“Ruth Reichl is the best sort of storyteller – intimate, wise, frank, and completely engaging.  Here she beautifully details her ten years running Gourmet, with all the triumphs and tribulations, and it’s a brilliant tale.  Every page is rich and delicious; the book is such a treat!” ~ Susan Orlean, The New York Times Bestselling Author of The Library Book

“No one writes about food like Ruth Reichl.  She also happens to be a mesmerizing storyteller.  I consider this book essential nourishment.” ~ Nigella Lawson

ABOUT THE NEW BOOK:  Ruth Reichl, Trailblazing Food Writer and beloved Restaurant Critic, 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 Magazine, during which she spearheaded a revolution in the way we think about food.

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.  And yet . . . Reichl had been reading Gourmet since she was 8 Years old; 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.

DATE & TIME:  Thursday, April 25, 2019, at 6:30 PM.  Reception with Cash Bar from 6:00 PM to 6:30 PM.

LOCATION:  A Rainy Day Books Author Event at 1900 Building, The Parkway Room, 1900 Shawnee Mission Parkway, Mission Woods, Kansas, 66205

EVENT FORMAT:  Ruth Reichl will be In Conversation with Vivien Jennings, Founder & President of Rainy Day Books about Ruth's New Hardcover Save Me the Plums: My Gourmet Memoir, her life, and her work.  The Presentation will last approximately 1 Hour.

ADMISSION PACKAGE (1 or 2 People):  $27.00 plus Kansas Sales Tax includes 1 Author Autographed Hardcover of Save Me the Plums: My Gourmet Memoir, 1 Stamped Admission Ticket, and 1 Guest Admission Ticket (if needed).  It's your choice, for the same price.

Book your Dinner Reservations at The Restaurant at 1900 for after our Author Event that Night.

Admission Packages will be available for purchase at the door of this Event beginning at 5:45 PM. 

DISCLAIMER:  All Author Event sales are final and non-refundable.  Kansas Sales Tax is charged on all Orders, regardless of destination.

Event date: 
Thursday, April 25, 2019 - 6:30pm
Event address: 
1900 Building, The Parkway Room
1900 Shawnee Mission Parkway
Mission Woods, KS 66205
Author Genre Terms: 

All Special Orders, Author Events Admission Packages and Author Autographed Book Sales are final and nonrefundable at time of purchase, all other Sales are exchangeable / refundable within 30 Days with Receipt.