Sunday, September 26, 2010

Why we love going out to eat

"...we all become actors, to some extent,
when we go out to eat. Every restaurant is a
theater, and the truly great ones allow us to
indulge in the fantasy that we are rich
and powerful. When restaurants hold up their
end of the bargain, they give us the illusion of
being surrounded by servants intent on
ensuring our happiness and offering
extraordinary food.
But even modest restaurants offer the
opportunity to become someone else, at least
for a little while. Restaurants free us from
mundane reality; that is part of their charm."

-- Ruth Reichl

This is from a new book I'm reading, Garlic and Sapphires by Ruth
Reichl, and I am absolutely in love with it! Former restuarant critic
for the New York Times, Reichl's writing makes your mouth water!
The book is a story about her first years at the New York Times and how she had to disguise herself in various costumes so as not to be recognized.
Her actual restaurant reviews are sandwiched in between these entertaining anecdotes. I'm halfway through the book so far and I can barely put it down! If you love food this is a great read.

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