Holland America Line and O, The Oprah Magazine have named food writer and restaurant critic Ruth Reichl’s “Save Me the Plums” as the next selection for O’s Reading Room, the line’s onboard book club. “Save Me the Plums” just released in April 2019 and is Reichl’s latest memoir, which chronicles her groundbreaking tenure as editor-in-chief at Gourmet Magazine.
Guests on all Holland America Line cruises will be able to read and discuss the selection as part of special onboard programming developed in partnership with O, The Oprah Magazine. Book club discussions are led by a member of the ship’s staff, and selections change periodically throughout the year. The latest O’s Reading Room selection is listed on Holland America Line’s website on the O, The Oprah Magazine page.
Read on below for some background on Ruth, as well as what you can expect to find in her newest book!
From the age of eight, Reichl adored Gourmet Magazine. She was introduced to the publication when her father sat her in front of piles of them in a used bookstore while he searched for first editions. She paged through them reading about exotic cuisines and travel, and began to experiment with cooking herself.
By the time she reached her fifties, Reichl had become a well-known restaurant critic for the New York Times and published author. Her first memoir, “Tender at the Bone,” had become a best seller, and yet she was surprised when she was approached by Conde Nast to run the magazine that had been her childhood inspiration.
Thus began a 10-year tenure as Gourmet’s Editor-in-Chief, during which she hobnobbed with the elite of New York Society, learned that she could manage a staff and a budget, and fell completely in love with her job while bringing it back to editorial glory. But then one day, the Newhouses decided to close shop without warning, leaving Reichl & her beloved staff blindsided.
What brought her out of her unemployed funk? She started cooking again … and that’s the story of “Save Me the Plums.”
Holland America Line and O, The Oprah Magazine Partnership
Holland America Line and O, The Oprah Magazine’s exclusive partnership unites the soul-stirring power of travel with O’s deep commitment to connection and personal growth. More than 300 Holland America Line cruises sailing in North America this year offer a variety of engaging activities developed with the magazine’s editors including meditation, exercise, healthy eating and more. Due to its popularity, all 15 ships in the fleet around the world feature O’s Reading Room.