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Ruth Reichl Says Netflix Is Turning One of Her Memoirs Into a Series

The streaming titan bought her book “Comfort Me With Apples” with plans for an adaptation

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Former Gourmet editor and New York Times critic Ruth Reichl says that a memoir about her early days as a food writer is going to be the subject of a new eight-part series on Netflix.

The food world legend revealed plans for the TV adaptation of her second memoir Comfort Me With Apples this week while promoting her newest autobiographical work Save Me the Plums. “Netflix just bought Comfort Me With Apples, to do an eight-part series,” Reichl told Vulture. “I was working with the writer, and asked how long she envisioned each segment being, and she said it really doesn’t matter, because people binge-watch them, so the first one will be an hour, and the next one can be 40 minutes.” Netflix has not released any information about the project, but based on this interview, it sounds like the series is still in the very early planning stages.

This is not the first time Hollywood has come knocking at Reichl’s door: Eight years ago, the writer said she was working on turning her memoir about being a NYT critic, Garlic and Sapphires, into a movie. The rumor at the time was that Anne Hathaway was attached to play the critic in the rom-com version of the book, but Reichl’s rep denied those claims and the project never came to fruition. There’s no word yet on who would play Reichl in Netflix’s version of Comfort Me With Apples, but Hathaway still seems like a great fit.

Stay tuned for any and all updates on the Netflix adaptation of Reichl’s memoir as they become available.

Ruth Reichl on Gourmet, Anthony Bourdain’s “vomit draft,” and what her ideal magazine would look like in 2019. [Vulture]
Anne Hathaway Is Not Playing Ruth Reichl in Garlic and Sapphires Romcom Adaptation [E]