Best-selling food writer and critic Ruth Reichl will be the keynote speaker at the 2012 Kentucky Women Writers Conference next September, organizers announced Friday.
Reichl has been food editor for the Los Angeles Times and the restaurant critic for The New York Times. She was editor-in-chief of Gourmet from 1999 until the magazine closed in 2009.
She is the author of three best-selling memoirs: Tender at the Bone: Growing Up at the Table (1999); Comfort Me with Apples (2002); and Garlic and Sapphires: The Secret Life of a Critic in Disguise (2006).
In 2011, Reichl was a judge on Bravo's Top Chef Masters. Her 10-episode PBS special, Gourmet's Adventures with Ruth, visited the best cooking schools on five continents. Reichl will release three new books with Random House: a "cookbook-slash-memoir" titled The Tao of Ruth; her first novel, Delicious!, and a memoir of her years at Gourmet.
The Kentucky Women Writers Conference is housed at the University of Kentucky. Started in 1979, it is the longest-running literary festival of women in the nation.