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Reichl has had a relationship with Random House for years -- her memoirs Comfort Me with Apples and Tender at the Bone are both popular Random House titles. Her new role with the publisher will require her to wear two hats as both writer and editor at large -- she'll write new books as well as acquire and edit others.
The first projects she'll be working on will be her own: a cookbook entitled The Tao of Ruth as well as her first novel, Delicious! In an official statement, Reichl said, "I'm especially excited to have the opportunity to participate in the future of food writing as both an author and a book editor. At Random House I'll have the opportunity to connect to food lovers in print, and to participate in the ever-expanding digital world." Hopefully this means her Twitter followers can expect to keep up with her poetic bon mots, even as her schedule heats up.