Restaurant owner, food writer, magazine editor, and TV producer. She hosted Gourmet's Adventures With Ruth on PBS.
She graduated from the University of Michigan with an art history degree. Her interest in food led her to move to Berkeley, California.
She co-produced Gourmet's Diary of a Foodie on PBS and served as a culinary editor for the Modern Library.
Her son Nick was born in 1989.
She was a New York-born food celebrity just like Bobby Flay.