When Gourmet closed in 2009, the food world was devastated and editor-in-chief Ruth Reichl was not just unemployed but lost. Finding sanctuary in the kitchen, Reichl spent the next year rediscovering the healing powers of cooking. In her first cookbook in 43 years, Reichl shares the recipes that helped her find her way. With minimal fuss—no stylists or extra lights; the book was photographed at Reichl's Hudson Valley home—and reflecting her life on Twitter, each recipe includes a tweet Reichl sent the day it was made. Among the treasures, you'll find Cider-Braised Pork Shoulder, Congee and Perfect Pound Cake.

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