Ruth Reichl With Her Eyes Closed

May 13, 2009 · 16 comments · Print This Post

in Boston / Massachusetts, Erin Cooks On-The-Go

Not Becoming My Mother Signed by Ruth Reichl

Last Wednesday I had the opportunity to attend a reading at the Brattle Theatre by Ruth Reichl for her new memoir Not Becoming My Mother: and Other Things She Taught Me Along the Way. It was wonderful. Ruth is so engaging to listen to and I enjoyed myself very much. While there I also had the opportunity to meet Carol for the first time, who only previously knew me via twitter and the cookies CK supplied her with at the office. I also ran into Jess of Sweet Amandine and my friend Emma. I’m sure there were more local bloggers there so if you were in the crowd please delurk in the comments and let me know.

Unfortunately we weren’t allowed to use flash photography during the reading so none of my pictures of Ruth on stage came out. I did manage to snap a few images of her signing Carol’s copies of Gourmet magazine but of course her eyes are closed. Lovely, right? I’m posting it anyway though. My friend Anna assures me that it simply looks as though Ruth is concentrating intently on her signing duties. We’ll go with that…

Ruth Reichl

The best part of the event is that I now have a signed copy of Not Becoming My Mother. Chances are that Ruth Reichl will never in a million years ever know who I am in real life but at least I have proof that I met her (however briefly) once upon a time. Now I just need to find a few moments to devour her book.

If you weren’t able to attend this reading or a comprable event in your area then you should definitely check out the great interview that Ruth did with WBUR or take a moment to read this introspective blog post by Jennifer Adams about the inspiration she has gleamed from Ruth over the years in her own work as a food writer.

{ 15 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Lori @ RecipeGirl May 13, 2009 at 2:27 pm

How exciting!! I get to see her this weekend at the food blogger’s conference in Seattle. Can’t wait!!


2 The Purple Foodie May 13, 2009 at 2:42 pm

It’s so awesome that you got to meet her! I’ve been a fan of hers ever since I read Garlic and Sapphires. I’m still here and imagining how much fun it would have been! 🙂


3 The Purple Foodie May 13, 2009 at 3:03 pm

Oh there was a {I’m still here} between the two sentences. And I’m STILL here. 😛


4 emma May 13, 2009 at 3:10 pm

she was so good! i just wished i had brought tender at the bone, my favorite book of hers, to be signed!


5 Dana May 13, 2009 at 4:39 pm

I am going on Friday and am really looking forward to it.


6 Allen May 13, 2009 at 6:43 pm

I’ll be seeing Ruth this weekend at the IFBC and will try to snap a photo when her eyes are open. I didn’t realize she was so sneaky.


7 Elissa May 13, 2009 at 9:37 pm

I’d never heard of her until I read your post but she sounds amazing. How lucky to meet her and get your copy signed!


8 Jen May 14, 2009 at 9:35 am

Our pup was sick, or else I would have been there to see Reichl read and to meet you and our fellow bloggers. Happy to see that you had a great time! Thanks also for the link to my book recap. You’re going to love the read.


9 Erin May 14, 2009 at 6:38 pm

Ah!!! I’m so jealous! I had to miss her SF appearance last week because of a birthday party. My name is Erin too – I’ll just have to live vicariously through your picture. 🙂


10 ttfn300 May 14, 2009 at 10:02 pm

ooh, how fun! i’ll have to pick this up 🙂


11 nithya at hungrydesi May 17, 2009 at 11:15 am

Darn, your posts on Boston food bloggers and events in Boston is really making me sad that we moved!


12 Lindsey May 18, 2009 at 10:59 am

Ooh, I will have to try and pick up her book at the library. I really liked Garlic and Sapphires, so I’m sure I’d like this one as well!


13 Lys May 18, 2009 at 11:05 am

I’ve been curious to read this book. Sadly, Orlando doesn’t get much in the way of book signings but one day 🙂 (Or I’ll just have to move to Philly *LOL*) What a great opportunity, Erin!


14 Megan May 18, 2009 at 3:17 pm

I was there too! She’s so wonderful to listen to, so engaging! And the book was such a good read. I passed it on to my mom when I finished it. Did you go to Upstairs on the Square after? They put out such a wonderful spread!


15 Anali May 31, 2009 at 12:28 pm

Lucky you! That must have been a wonderful event. I don’t know how I missed it. I would have tried to make it.


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