Most people believe that books are created in cabins all alone, where authors pound away on some manner of keyboard. Then they hand this masterpiece off to a publisher and it feels very much like it goes down a tube and comes out the other side as a book. By speaking to authors and other book lovers, I'm diving into the mystery that is the book world today.
United States
167 episodes
since May 15, 2016


I had read many of Ruth Reichl's books by the time she came on the show. I adored Tender at the Bone and remembered it from years ago. My husband and I count the recipe for grilled cheese in My Kitchen Year among our very favorites. I had wanted to interview Ruth about her incredible ability to draw the reader into the story as if you were sitting at the same table with her, listening. So imagine my delight upon hearing about the release of Save Me the Plums. I devoured the book and knew it was the perfect one to discuss. Many students and clients ask about a tricky part of writing -- when real life and real people appear in your writing. As this book included a huge number of living people, we went deep into how it felt to write the book, find a story that worked, and the reactions the people in her life had once it came out. I was honored to hear such deep sharing about why Save Me the Plums was the hardest book she ever had to write. I'm beyond thrilled to share this one. Enjoy!
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