This is a good book if you’d like to wrap yourself up in a blanket, or take a soaky bath, or swing back and forth in a hammock and be entertained but not enthralled. I haven’t read her other memoirs, but that didn’t stop me, and it shouldn’t stop you, either.
It’s a beautifully written book, although Reichl does get a little carried away with her descriptions a few times. Despite the fact that most of her decisions are rather appalling, they work as a memoir, and each chapter builds on the last so at the end, you have a good picture of Reichl as a person.
To top it off, all the food sounded absolutely delicious, and I’m definitely going to have to try some of the recipes included (and maybe make them in miniature!). Overall, I’d give it 4 out of 5. A good bedtime book, study in descriptive writing, or supplement to your Gourmet magazine back-issues .