My Kitchen Year: 136 Recipes That Saved My Life by Ruth Reichl | Audiobook Review

Why Did I Listen To My Kitchen Year: 136 Recipes That Saved My Life by Ruth Reichl?

Ruth Reichl’s My Kitchen Year: 136 Recipes That Saved My Life is a book that was on the Listening Library/ Penguin Random House audiobook app Volumes under review copies. I downloaded it because I love books about food. I am a huge fan of eating – like plenty of people- and so books about food are totally up my alley. Plus, it is nice to have a little break from the typical type of book I read. I need variety in my life — and lots of different spices. I began listening on a whim and it turns out, aside from a few things, I really enjoyed Reichl’s memoir.

Those few things being that I felt like Reichl has a very privileged life – I mean she has had a company card that pays for all her meals out since the 1970s, and that includes personal non-business meals. She had two homes. Also, an office in Times Square. Like, there’s nothing wrong with privilege but eh, it does grate a little tiny bit. It keeps her from feeling like a regular person I could relate to.

What’s This Audiobook All About?

My Kitchen Year: 136 Recipes That Saved My Life is about when Reichl was let go by Gourmet magazine, along with every other employee because the Conde Nast magazine was shutting its doors. Of course, as Reichl was older, she was scared she would not be able to find another job. Essentially she spent most of her adult life as an editor for the magazine. After packing up her Times Square office, she goes on a book tour for a cookbook, and then a couple other things happen. Reichl then has to reevaluate. She has to decide where to live — New York City or their second home, Upstate (#Represent). She also goes back to basics and spends much of her year in the kitchen, cooking which really grounds her. She takes what could be a depressing story – older woman out of work, increasingly irrelevant in a technological world – and triumphs in My Kitchen Year: 136 Recipes That Saved My Life.

How Are The Food Descriptions?

I feel like I enjoy books about food so much because I am not a super experienced cook. Listening to people talk about cooking makes me feel inspired to try different and new things in the kitchen beyond my tried and true crock pot recipes. Reichl really does a superb job making the food sound sumptuous and rich in My Kitchen Year. She makes me want to try food that is not typically a part of my staples. There’s something to be said for the ritual of cooking and I can see how it was therapeutic for her. I liked that her recipes didn’t have exact measurements, but instead are like something our grandparents would do – you know a pinch of this, a dash of that, etc etc where cooking is just this instinctual thing. I really quite loved the bits about the food.

How’s The Narration?

My Kitchen Year: 136 Recipes That Saved My Life by Ruth Reichl is narrated by the author herself. I thought she did a decent job narrating her own book. She’s definitely got a New York City accent and I was okay with that. I am used to that kind of accent. I thought her narration was easy to listen to and not at all snoozeworthy, boring, or annoying. This is also a quick audiobook. It is only 6 hours and 44 minutes long.

Who Should Listen To This Audiobook?

  • Foodies
  • People who are full – because otherwise this might make you hungry
  • Readers who like a good comeback story
  • Fans of memoirs – especially people who do not view memoirs as self-indulgent
  • Former readers of Gourmet magazine

Sum It Up With A GIF:

me while listening to My Kitchen Year

This gif is how I felt listening to this book.

Other reviews of My Kitchen Year: 136 Recipes That Saved My Life by Ruth Reichl:

Lesa’s Book Critiques – “a glorious book

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April is in her 30s and created Good Books And Good Wine. She works for a non-profit. April always has a book on hand. In her free time she can be found binge watching The Office with her husband and toddler, spending way too much time on Pinterest or exploring her neighborhood.

Comments

  1. I still miss Gourmet magazine… the magazine’s closing was a shock to all of us. I would read anything Ruth writes about food.

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