Ruth Reichl Is Coming to Comfort Us With Apples and Juicy, Crunchy Words

 Reed Valley Orchard apples in crate

Reed Valley Orchard apples in crate

Next September, Ruth Reichl, my favorite food writer, is coming to Lexington for the Kentucky Women Writers Conference. Ruth Reichl's book, Comfort Me With Apples, one of three memoirs she has published so far (with more to come), is my all-time favorite piece of food writing, and among my favorite memoirs as well.

Here is how Kentucky Women Writers Conference leaders Julie Wrinn and Vaughan Fielder shared the news:

We announce 2012 as the Year of the Foodie for the Kentucky Women Writers Conference, because we are bringing Ruth Reichl to Lexington! Author, food critic, and former editor-in-chief of Gourmet magazine,Ruth Reichl has been a treasured voice on the American culinary landscape for decades, where her Zeliglike experiences have yielded not one but three best-selling memoirs: Tender at the Bone: Growing Up at the Table (1999); Comfort Me with Apples (2002); and Garlic and Sapphires: The Secret Life of a Critic in Disguise (2006). Her most recent book is For You, Mom, Finally, a memoir of her late mother's life, and she has also edited the collected works of M.F.K. Fisher, The Measure of Her Powers (2009). We can’t recommend these books highly enough as holiday gifts for you and yours.

Ruth Reichl was born and raised in New York City and moved to Berkeley, California, where she played an integral part in America’s culinary revolution as chef and co-owner of The Swallow Restaurant. She eventually went on to become food editor for the Los Angeles Times and the famed restaurant critic for The New York Times. She was editor-in-chief of Gourmet from 1999 until the magazine's closure in 2009. In 2011 Reichl began serving as a judge on Bravo's Top Chef Masters. Her 10-episode PBS special, Gourmet’s Adventures with Ruth, visited the best cooking schools on five continents. As she explained, "There’s no better way to experience a culture than to stand at the stove with a wonderful cook." Reichl will be releasing three new books with Random House: a “cookbook-slash-memoir” titled, The Tao of Ruth; her first novel, Delicious!; and a memoir of her years at Gourmet.

The Conference takes place on September 21 and 22, 2012, with Reichl's keynote scheduled for the 22nd. That's apple season in the Bluegrass. Will apple-themed feasts surround the Conference?

Foodies and food writers, prepare for The Rapture. The Kentucky Women Writers Conference planners and volunteers create brilliant events. Mark you calendars now.

P.S. On March 18, 2006, the day I had finally wrangled WordPress enough to open a screen, type, and publish—my first day as a blogger— I posted a quote from Reichl's Garlic and Sapphires about restaurants as transformational places where we gain freedom to transform ourselves into the persons we want to be for the span of a meal.

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