Ruth Reichl

  • Blogs

    May 21, 2014

    Summer Food Book Reading List: Read About Food & Eat It Too

    Summer is almost here, and what goes hand-in-hand with a lazy day at the pool or the beach? Why an excellent book, of course! Rather than getting strangely addicted to whatever sensational novel is released (I'm talking about you, 50 Shades of Grey), kick back and relax on the beach or at the pool ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 29, 2014

    The Eating Our Words Library: 10 Essential Cookbooks Everyone Should Own and Use

    Here at EOW, we take our food seriously. We write about all things culinary every day, and for the most part that passion was born in the kitchen. Whether you dabble with molecular gastronomy or are slowly learning your way around a burner or grill, you all share the same quest for culinary knowledg ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 4, 2012

    Lucky Peach: A Huge Helping of Irreverence with a Hint of Man-Ass

    I just got my hands on Lucky Peach, David Chang of Momofuku's New York Times-bestselling food journal, which features essays, photography, full-color recipes, art, travelogues and rants in a meticulously designed format. There are currently five issues with the first issue out of print (it sold over ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 9, 2012

    The 5 Sexiest Celebrity Male Chefs

    It's getting hot in the kitchen, and not just from the flames. Check out the Top 5 Hottest Celebrity Male Chefs that make our flames broil: 5. Govind Armstrong Armstrong's dreamy locks first made our hearts flutter on shows like Bravo's Top Chef and Top Chef Masters and the Food Network's Iron C ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 19, 2012

    Smithsonian Magazine: Making History with First Annual Food Issue

    Smithsonian Magazine, in its more than 40 years of existence, has rarely been of interest to us foodies. Sure it's always full of nifty inventions, complicated science and fascinating history, but food was never on its front burner. That all changed this June. The first-ever Smithsonian Magazine ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 8, 2012

    Grand Forks, North Dakota, Gets an Olive Garden

    Since I first read the Grand Forks Herald article last night -- "Long-awaited Olive Garden receives warm welcome" -- it's made its way around the Internet as an object of fascination faster than faked cell phone pictures of Christina Hendricks's breasts. "An Onion-worthy, rave review of...Olive Gar ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 11, 2010

    Shiftwork Bites: Matzoh Brei

    ​I'm interested in how similar seemingly disparate food cultures can be. Dishes get repeated over and over throughout history, and across what appear to be canyon-esque cultural divides. Sure, the manifestations differ slightly, but is an empanada really all that far removed from a samosa? Lor ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 9, 2010

    The Basics: Cookbooks

    ​We recently read an article in the Wall Street Journal on Alton Brown's top five favorite cookbooks. You remember Brown. He's the quirky chemistry geek on Good Eats and one of the commentators on Iron Chef. If you're one of the few non-Food Network junkies, you might recognize him from Welch' ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 4, 2009

    Houston Street Food Culture

    Why does the Eating Our Words blog focus on taco trucks, roasted corn stands and other such street food while ignoring the city's fine dining scene, commentor Bill Chase wants to know. It's a good question, and it brings up a larger issue that's being discussed in American food circles right now. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 2, 2009

    Farewell Anonysaurus Tex

    ​So long, anonymity -- it's been swell. For nearly ten years now, I have done my job incognito. Now I am joining the ranks of no-longer-anonymous restaurant critics. Last Friday, I gave a lecture to the students and faculty of the Texas A&M Meat Science Center without the usual hat and sunglas ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 5, 2009

    Goodbye Gourmet

    ​Gourmet, a magazine of "almost biblical status" in the food world, went under this morning after 68 years in print. My editor there, Jane Daniels Lear, brought the magazine most of its Southern writers. I met her at a Southern Foodways Alliance symposium in Oxford, Mississippi. She encouraged ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 13, 2009

    Follow Friday for Foodies

    The group collective on Twitter, the increasingly popular micro-blogging and social networking platform, has developed a recent tradition called Follow Friday.  Follow Friday is part circle jerk, part honest and helpful advice from your Twitter friends on who to follow if you're new or simply l ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 16, 2008
  • Dining

    July 6, 2006

    Branzini with Bouzouki

    Alexander the Great Greek Restaurant brings you the best of old and new Greek cuisine

  • Dining

    October 28, 2004

    Odd Timing

    Bruce Auden cooks a benefit dinner for the scandal-ridden James Beard Foundation

  • Dining

    March 18, 2004

    Jekyll & Hydesky

    Two trips to steak house Smith & Wollensky yield wildly different results

  • Dining

    April 10, 2003

    Grape Escape

    Paul Roberts departs for purpler pastures

  • Dining

    August 30, 2001

    Choking the Critic

    Why is the Chronicle so sour on hiring a full-time restaurant reviewer?