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NEW YORK, September 12, 2017Town & Country magazine announced Ruth Reichl, legendary food editor and best-selling memoirist, has been named contributing editor. The announcement was made by Town & Country Editor-in-Chief Stellene Volandes. Reichl’s column, Heirloom Varieties, debuts in the October 2017 issue, on newsstands September 19.

“So many of us at Town & Country have been proud members of the Ruth fan club for years. We followed her in print, in her books, and on her one of a kind Twitter feed. As we sat through dinner party and water cooler conversations where our readers discussed which farm stand had the best donut peach as passionately as they would talk about their quest for a Brazilian paraiba tourmaline or the next great Greek island, we knew that Ruth would be the perfect person to chronicle this search,” Volandes said. “As is always the standard at T&C, the basis of her column is quality. It will be about the best bleu cheese on the planet, the best panettone on earth, the best copper pot. And the best, as we all know, is not about price tag—it's about great taste—in all its forms.”

Ruth Reichl began writing about food in 1972, when she published Mmmmm: A Feastiary. Since then, she has authored the critically acclaimed, best-selling memoirs Tender at the Bone, Comfort Me with Apples, Garlic and Sapphires and For You Mom, Finally. In 2014 she published her first novel, Delicious! Previously, she served as editor-in-chief of Gourmet Magazine from 1999 to 2009, and was the restaurant critic of both The New York Times (1993-1999) and the Los Angeles Times (1984-1993), where she was also named food editor. Additionally, Ms. Reichl hosted Eating Out Loud, three specials on Food Network, covering New York (2002), San Francisco (2003) and Miami (2003), and served as a judge on Top Chef Masters.

“Luxury, to me, is a perfect peach. Or some forgotten flavor that's been resurrected,” Reichl said. “I've spent much of my life looking for life-changing foods that are so delicious they make you grateful to be alive. Now I'm happy to be able to introduce my favorite foods to the readers of T&C, a distinguished audience with a great appreciation for quality.”

Reichl has been honored with six James Beard Awards: one for magazine feature writing and one for multimedia food journalism in 2009; two for restaurant criticism in 1996 and 1998; one for journalism in 1994; and one for Who’s Who of Food and Beverage in America in 1984. She holds a bachelor’s and a master’s in the History of Art from the University of Michigan and lives in upstate New York with her husband.

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Gabriel Ford, Hearst Magazines

Kaitie Ames, Hearst Magazines



Tuesday, September 12, 2017