Reichl, Ruth

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Reichl, Ruth Gender: F
born on 16 January 1948 at 02:15 (= 02:15 AM )
Place Manhattan, New York, 40n46, 73w59
Timezone EST h5w (is standard time)
Data source
From memory
Rodden Rating A
Collector: Rodden
Astrology data s_su.18.gif s_capcol.18.gif 25°05' s_mo.18.gif s_piscol.18.gif 19°13 Asc.s_scocol.18.gif 16°45'


American writer, the author of "Tender at the Bone," 1998 and "Comfort Me with Apples," Reichl is the editor in chief of Gourmet magazine, formerly a restaurant critic at The New York Times, and a former food editor and restaurant critic at the Los Angeles Times.

Reichl’s childhood in Manhattan was primarily responsible for her choice of careers. Her father was a book designer while her mother was a homemaker who suffered from manic-depression. Despite the fact that her mother, who died in 1993, had a Ph.D., she was relegated to cleaning, cooking and childrearing, and cooking wasn’t particularly her strong suit: Reichl learned to cook out of self-defense. All her practice in the kitchen came in handy when she was in college at the University of Michigan. She belonged to a co-op and ran the kitchen for the entire group of 50. In the 1970s, she moved to California where she was chef and co-owner of a restaurant.

Small and svelte, with a mass of black hair, Reichl is famous for the disguises she wore to New York restaurants. At one time, she owned 12 wigs, rubber cement to create wrinkles where she had none, and horrible clothes that she got from thrift shops. Sometimes, however, she would show up as herself, leaving the staff to quiver in her presence once they recognized her. She credits her success to being in the right place at the right time for America’s food revolution.

Reichl has been married twice. She and her first husband, Doug, divorced in 1985. Her second husband, Michael Singer, is a television news producer.

Link to Wikipedia biography


  • Relationship : Divorce dates 1985 (From first husband, Michael)
  • Death of Mother 1993
  • Work : Published/ Exhibited/ Released 1998 (Book released)

Source Notes

Maureen Ambrose quotes her early 2002 for 3 AM when she spoke at a Palm Beach Literary Society luncheon. "Ruth was a delightful speaker--lively, entertaining and personable." PT notes that in Reichl's book, "Garlic and Sapphires," published 2005 by The Penguin Press, Reichl recounts a visit to an astrologer to whom she tells that she was born at "Two-fifteen in the morning" (p.321).


  • Family : Childhood : Memories Bad (Mom oppressed, manic depressive)
  • Family : Relationship : Number of Marriages (Two)
  • Vocation : Business : Middle Management (Ran a co-op)
  • Vocation : Food and Beverage : Chef/ Cook
  • Vocation : Food and Beverage : Restaurateur (Co-owner)
  • Vocation : Writers : Critic (Restaurant)
  • Vocation : Writers : Publisher/ Editor (Editor of gourmet magazine)
  • Vocation : Writers : Textbook/ Non-fiction (Cookbooks)