Tender at the Bone was my Christmas stocking book and my companion on the cross-country flight to North Carolina. It's a vivid read about food critic Ruth Reichl's childhood and love affair with cooking. Plus, it comes with recipes!
I especially liked her descriptions of a different era in New York, one with cooks and maids. Our tiny turn-of-the-century apartment is set up with a service entrance to the kitchen, which always astounded me. A one-bedroom apartment with a full-time cook?