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Ruth Reichl
Ruth Reichl

Reichl is editor-in-chief of Gourmet magazine. Her mother was anything but a gourmet. The daughter savors a larger-than-life career. The mother suffered a mid-20th-century woman’s life of frustration, cut off from career and dreams. She inspired not as example, but as counter-example.

Now the daughter looks back in appreciation. This hour, On Point: Gourmet’s Ruth Reichl and “Not Becoming My Mother.”

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Ruth Reichl joins us from Toronto. Her new memoir is "Not Becoming My Mother & Other Things She Taught Me Along the Way." She is editor in chief of Gourmet magazine, and a former restaurant critic for The New York Times and The Los Angeles Times. She is a co-producer for the public television show "Gourmet's Diary of a Foodie."

Read the first chapter of "Not Becoming My Mother."

This program aired on May 5, 2009.

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