Tender at the Bone: Growing Up at the Table Topics for Discussion

Ruth Reichl
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Ruth survives a very difficult childhood with a mentally ill mother and an emotionally distant father. Is she scarred for life or does she end up being a stable, productive person?

What are some of Ruth's favorite recipes that are featured in the book?

Why does Ruth try to prevent her mother's guests from eating certain foods?

Ruth's mother often prepares and serves spoiled food. Instead of growing up hating food, Ruth becomes very interested in cooking and eating great food. Would other people in a similar situation have the same reaction? Why or why not?

What personality traits enable Ruth to survive a very strange childhood?

What members of her extended family help Ruth overcome her mother's insanity and her father's benign neglect?

When Ruth is initially considered as a member of the collective restaurant The Swallow, some members want to reject her...

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