Comfort Me With Apples, which continues Ruth Reichl’s story, can be read as the story of three overlapping interlinked relationships: her first marriage, an affair, and her second husband ("the reluctant gourmet"). Her first husband was affectionate and caring, protective and pleasant, but there was little passion. To borrow language from the other text of her life and books, this first marriage was like a good soup without salt; the affair was almost all spice with little emotional substance; and her current husband a hearty soup, salted, spiced, and with real body, a meal in itself. Despite the miracle of this relationship, it was accompanied by tragic difficulties: unable to become pregnant, Reichl and her second husband adopted and loved a child who was reclaimed by her biological parents. However, Reichl later became pregnant and has a growing son. Interleaved with the story of these relationships is a trip to China, the death of her father, and evidence of her growing autonomy and maturity.