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Ruth Reichl gets a book deal

September 30, 2010 | 10:56 am

Ruth Reichl, who was editor of Gourmet Magazine when it closed last October, has secured a new book deal with Random House, our sibling blog Daily Dish reports.

Apparently, Reichl, already a bestselling author, has contracted for three books, two of which will be nonfiction, including “The Tao of Ruth,” which she says was suggested in an Anthony Bourdain story.... The other will be the latest installment in her memoirs, covering the years at Gourmet. Food gossip fans are already salivating. In addition, there are plans for her first novel, “Delicious.”

Reichl's fourth book, "Not Becoming My Mother," part meditation, part memoir, was published in 2009. Our reviewer Jonathan Kirsch found it "open-hearted, gracious and endearing."

-- Carolyn Kellogg