A “Taste!” of real life in fiction

In the attached interview, food writer Ruth Reichl talks about how she drew experience from her time as editor-in-chief of Gourmet magazine for her debut novel, Delicious! She mentions the Gourmet test kitchen, where one chef would yell, “Taste!” and eight other chefs would rush to the table to try his creation. It’s details like this, that readers don’t know about but find interesting, that make novels engaging. Reichl draws details like this from her life and uses them in her work, giving her books a personal and unique voice.



One thought on “A “Taste!” of real life in fiction

  1. alecsakazenas March 5, 2015 / 6:34 pm

    I love it when fiction and true life events overlap with one another. I think this author has perfected the art of “write what you know.” Combined with a seemingly fluid style and diction? Excellent stuff!


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