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Feature Thu Nov 04 2010

What We're Reading: Garlic and Sapphires

What We're Reading is a monthly column that asks Chicagoans about the books they're currently enjoying (or not).


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garlicandsapphires.jpgWhat are you reading?
The Fountainhead by Ayn Rand, Garlic and Sapphires by Ruth Reichl, and The Laments by George Hagen

What's it about (in 20 words or less)?
G&S is about [former New York Times food critic and former editor-in-chief of the now-defunct Gourmet magazine] Reichl's move to NYC (her birthplace) and how she deals with being a public figure in her new/old city.

What drew you to this book?
This book is a book-club read, chosen because it's about food. My friend who picked it out loves writing and food -- what better combination is there?

What kind of person would you recommend it to?
Someone who loves food, yes, but also anyone who loves a good story. This is by far the easiest to read of the three books I'm in the middle of right now. It's just so enjoyable and human.

Who's your favorite author right now?
Rosamunde Pilcher is my most recent "new favorite" author. (I love John Steinbeck and Nick Hornby perhaps for all-time.) A few months ago I read The Shell Seekers, which was about 600 pages, and I wished it were so much longer!

What's your favorite place to read in Chicago or its environs?
My current favorite place to read is the L, as long as I can get a seat. Reading at home is a challenge because I always have a list of things I should be doing instead, but on the L all I have to do is read.

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