Ruth Reichl penning book from her Twitter feed and 'Gourmet' exposé

Food writer Ruth Reichl will be penning a book based on her voluminous Twitter feed in addition to a sexy food memoir chronicling her life in a culinary world she says was part
Sex and the City and part
Gossip Girl.

In an interview with Israeli publication Haaretz.com last week, Reichl, former food critic for The New York Times and The Los Angeles Times and editor-in-chief of the now defunct Gourmet magazine, said she's working on three different writing projects that vary in scope: one will be historical look at food during the Second World War; another a personal memoir; and the last a memoir-slash-exposé that promises to unveil the world of luxury during her 10-year reign at the Condé Nast publication Gourmet.

It's a period she describes as "Ruthie in Wonderland," she told Haaretz.com, where she was given free reign with the magazine.

"...working at Condé Nast was like a whole new world to me. It was this world of luxury and possibility I just didn't know existed, kind of the world of Sex and the City and Gossip Girl."

Meanwhile, during the year she lost her job, Reichl took to Twitter to broadcast what she ate every day, a catalogue that will serve as the basis for another book that will consist of a tweet at the top of the page, the back story of what happened that day, and an accompanying recipe.

Reichl is a popular Twitter personality for her Haiku-like tweets that are part running meteorological commentaries, part recipe ideas.

For example, here's a typical Reichl-ism from her Twitter feed August 5: "Foggy. Gray. Cool. Ripe tomatoes, sliced. Bright basil, shimmer of salt. Heaped onto thickly buttered bread. Color in the kitchen."

Not everyone, however, is a fan. Last week, for instance, a Reichl hater started a thread on foodie forum ChowHound entitled Ruth Reichl: Stop her before she tweets again.

As an example, the poster cites the following tweet: "The scent of peaches fills the kitchen. Stunned, I stand at the sink, juice dripping down my arms, biting into the fragrant flesh."

It was the perfect ammunition needed for her Twitter avatar Ruth Bourdain, a spoof Twitter persona that mashes up Reichl's tweets with those of Anthony Bourdain, the irreverent, profanely funny host of travel show No Reservations.

Ruth Bourdain's re-interpretation of the tweet? "I smell peaches. Turned on, I stand at the sink, juice dripping down my arms, biting into the flesh. Wow. I guess I'm into rough fruit sex."

A third book is also in the works, only instead of being autobiographical, this one is to be a novel that alternates between the Second World War and today, she said.

 

 

PROMOTED VIDEO
Life and Style
ebookA wonderful selection of salads, starters and mains featuring venison, grouse and other game
Sport
Ray Whelan was arrested earlier this week
Arts and Entertainment
In a minor key: Keira Knightley in the lightweight 'Begin Again'
film
Arts and Entertainment
Celebrated children’s author Allan Ahlberg, best known for Each Peach Pear Plum
books
News
peopleIndian actress known as the 'Grand Old Lady of Bollywood' was 102
News
Wayne’s estate faces a claim for alleged copyright breaches
peopleJohn Wayne's heirs duke it out with university over use of the late film star's nickname
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Independent Dating
and  

By clicking 'Search' you
are agreeing to our
Terms of Use.

ES Rentals

    iJobs Job Widget
    iJobs Food & Drink

    Sales Manager (Fashion and Jewellery), Paddington, London

    £45-£55k OTE £75k : Charter Selection: Major London International Fashion and ...

    Volunteer Digital Marketing Trustee needed

    Voluntary, reasonable expenses reimbursed: Reach Volunteering: Are you keen on...

    Java Swing Developer - Hounslow - £33K to £45K

    £33000 - £45000 per annum + 8% Bonus, pension: Deerfoot IT Resources Limited: ...

    Corporate Events Sales Manager, Marlow,Buckinghamshire

    £30K- £40K pa + Commision £10K + Benefits: Charter Selection: Rapidly expandin...

    Day In a Page

    A History of the First World War in 100 Moments: Peace without magnanimity - the summit in a railway siding that ended the fighting

    A History of the First World War in 100 Moments

    Peace without magnanimity - the summit in a railway siding that ended the fighting
    Scottish independence: How the Commonwealth Games could swing the vote

    Scottish independence: How the Commonwealth Games could swing the vote

    In the final part of our series, Chris Green arrives in Glasgow - a host city struggling to keep the politics out of its celebration of sport
    Out in the cold: A writer spends a night on the streets and hears the stories of the homeless

    A writer spends a night on the streets

    Rough sleepers - the homeless, the destitute and the drunk - exist in every city. Will Nicoll meets those whose luck has run out
    Striking new stations, high-speed links and (whisper it) better services - the UK's railways are entering a new golden age

    UK's railways are entering a new golden age

    New stations are opening across the country and our railways appear to be entering an era not seen in Britain since the early 1950s
    Conchita Wurst becomes a 'bride' on the Paris catwalk - and proves there is life after Eurovision

    Conchita becomes a 'bride' on Paris catwalk

    Alexander Fury salutes the Eurovision Song Contest winner's latest triumph
    Pétanque World Championship in Marseilles hit by

    Pétanque 'world cup' hit by death threats

    This year's most acrimonious sporting event took place in France, not Brazil. How did pétanque get so passionate?
    Whelks are healthy, versatile and sustainable - so why did we stop eating them in the UK?

    Why did we stop eating whelks?

    Whelks were the Victorian equivalent of the donor kebab and our stocks are abundant. So why do we now export them all to the Far East?
    10 best women's sunglasses

    In the shade: 10 best women's sunglasses

    From luxury bespoke eyewear to fun festival sunnies, we round up the shades to be seen in this summer
    Germany vs Argentina World Cup 2014: Lionel Messi? Javier Mascherano is key for Argentina...

    World Cup final: Messi? Mascherano is key for Argentina...

    No 10 is always centre of attention but Barça team-mate is just as crucial to finalists’ hopes
    Siobhan-Marie O’Connor: Swimmer knows she needs Glasgow joy on road to Rio

    Siobhan-Marie O’Connor: Swimmer needs Glasgow joy on road to Rio

    18-year-old says this month’s Commonwealth Games are a key staging post in her career before time slips away
    The true Gaza back-story that the Israelis aren’t telling this week

    The true Gaza back-story that the Israelis aren’t telling this week

    A future Palestine state will have no borders and be an enclave within Israel, surrounded on all sides by Israeli-held territory, says Robert Fisk
    A History of the First World War in 100 Moments: The German people demand an end to the fighting

    A History of the First World War in 100 Moments

    The German people demand an end to the fighting
    New play by Oscar Wilde's grandson reveals what the Irish wit said at his trials

    New play reveals what Oscar Wilde said at trials

    For a century, what Wilde actually said at his trials was a mystery. But the recent discovery of shorthand notes changed that. Now his grandson Merlin Holland has turned them into a play
    Can scientists save the world's sea life from

    Can scientists save our sea life?

    By the end of the century, the only living things left in our oceans could be plankton and jellyfish. Alex Renton meets the scientists who are trying to turn the tide
    Richard III, Trafalgar Studios, review: Martin Freeman gives highly intelligent performance

    Richard III review

    Martin Freeman’s psychotic monarch is big on mockery but wanting in malice