Tender at the Bone: Growing Up at the Table

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Terrific memoir from food writer Ruth Reichl that details her growing up in Greenwich Village, then being shipped off to Montreal for middle school to learn French, back to Connecticut for high school with a fast crowd, then off to U of Michigan for college and grad school. Throughout, Ruth shows the deepening of her love of food and sprinkles in recipes and mouth-watering descriptions of meals. She has hilarious descriptions of the horrors of her mother’s cooking, like the time she poisoned her son’s entire in-law family at the engagement party by serving up scraps she’d gathered throughout the week and scraped mold off.