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Book Club

January 22 - 11:30 am-12:30 pm

PLEASE NOTE our January meeting will be held on Friday 22 January, as our customary date falls on Australia Day.

This month we will meet in the Carabella Room to discuss ‘Save me the Plums’ by Ruth Reichl. Do join us for lunch afterwards in the Careening Cove.

Trailblazing food writer and beloved restaurant critic Ruth Reichl chronicles her groundbreaking tenure as editor in chief of Gourmet magazine.

When Condé Nast offered Ruth Reichl the top position at America’s oldest epicurean magazine, she declined. She was a writer, not a manager, and had no inclination to be anyone’s boss. And yet . . . Reichl had been reading Gourmet since she was eight; it had inspired her career. How could she say no?

This is the story of a former Berkeley hippie entering the corporate world and worrying about losing her soul. It is the story of the moment restaurants became an important part of popular culture, a time when the rise of the farm-to-table movement changed, forever, the way we eat. Readers will meet legendary chefs like David Chang and Eric Ripert, idiosyncratic writers like David Foster Wallace, and a colorful group of editors and art directors who, under Reichl’s leadership, transformed stately Gourmet into a cutting-edge publication. This was the golden age of print media—the last spendthrift gasp before the Internet turned the magazine world upside down.

Complete with recipes, Save Me the Plums is a personal journey of a woman coming to terms with being in charge and making a mark, following a passion and holding on to her dreams—even when she ends up in a place she never expected to be.

Event details

Date: Friday 22 January
Time: 11.30am
Venue: Carabella Room
(We may include a Zoom option depending on circumstances closer to the date)
Cost: $10 includes coffee & tea.


This event is only for Members and their guests.
Please register via the form below, and indicate whether you would like a reservation for lunch afterwards.


January 22
11:30 am-12:30 pm
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Carabella Room


Sylwia Kaminska
02 9017 0139