Cooking, eating, and sharing food can be deeply therapeutic. Ruth Reichl takes that to heart in her new book My Kitchen Year: 136 Recipes That Saved My Life. She is a renowned restaurant critic, author, and editor. She was editor-in-chief at Gourmet Magazine for a decade until it was abruptly closed in 2009. Her latest book was born out of the crushing day when she lost her job along with a part of her identity. I spoke with Ruth about her book and our shared path as food journalists in Toronto.