If my role as a library worker is part literary matchmaker, then I would like to suggest Save Me the Plums by Ruth Reichl. Personally, the pairing of this memoir and myself was a joyous match! Reichl’s book connected with my love of food and cooking as well as the gratitude I experience when someone shares their life story. Reichl made me feel like a trusted friend as she offered influential pieces of her childhood and the formative years she spent as a restaurant critic. The book largely focuses on her time as editor-in-chief of Gourmet magazine and how she – and an entourage of dynamic characters – shaped the final years of this iconic publication. If the noteworthy stories and well-sized font don’t woo you, perhaps the thoughtfully-chosen recipes will give you a winsome taste of Reichl’s down-to-earth Gourmet life.