#BookBeginnings A Yummy Memoir: Save Me the Plums

Today I used my birthday month discount at Changing Hands Bookstore to snag a signed copy of Ruth Reichl’s delicious memoir Save Me the Plums for Book Beginnings on Fridays.

Book Beginnings is a fun meme hosted by Rose City Reader blog. To participate, share the first sentence or so of a novel you are reading and your thoughts about it. When you are finished, add your URL to the Book Beginnings page linked above. Hope to see you there!



Save Me the Plums* by by Ruth Reichl

(*Amazon Affiliate link)

Summary:  Ruth Reichl had started reading Gourmet magazine at eight years old, so when the management called many years later (1998) to offer her the position of editor in chief, of course she turned it down. But like re-connecting with a childhood sweetheart, once she accepted the magazine job, it transformed her life.

First Sentence:

I was eight years old when I first found the magazine, sitting on the dusty floor of a used-book store. My father was a book designer who enjoyed the company of ancient volumes and he often took me on book-hunting expeditions around New York, leaving me with a pile of vintage magazines while he went off to prowl among the dark and crowded shelves.


Who wants to go to New York and visit this bookstore right now? What a fun upbringing for a writer/editor!

This is a yummy memoir. I started devouring it this afternoon and couldn’t stop. The sensory descriptions of food are incredible. Plus Reichl knows how to capture the reader as only a master storyteller can.

What do you think? Would you keep reading?

Do you like to read memoirs?


  1. Anne@HeadFullofBooks

    She is such a good writer and describes food so well. Enjoy! My Friday Quotes

  2. Sandra Nachlinger

    This sounds like a delightful story. I can see why you “devoured” the book (ha, ha). Yes, I’d love to visit that bookstore.
    My post features a mystery: Bless Me Father For I Have Sinned.

  3. Laurel-Rain Snow

    This one sounds delightful! Thanks for sharing.

  4. Christina Gibbs

    This does sound good. I’ve read 2 of her other memoirs, “Garlic and Sapphires” and “Comfort Me With Apples” which I liked a lot. Time to read another!

    • Roberta

      Now I will be looking for those!

  5. Colletta

    I have to admit that I haven’t read very many memoirs in my life. I think I need to rectify that situation. Thanks for stopping by Colletta’s Kitchen Sink 🙂


  6. Literary Feline

    Me! I want to go to that bookstore! This sounds like a delicious memoir. I am glad you are enjoying it. I hope you have a wonderful weekend!

  7. Lauren @ Always Me

    You know I haven’t had a plum in the longest time – I’m getting hungry. 🙂

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