Delicious!

Delicious!

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By (author) Ruth Reichl

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  • Publisher: RANDOM HOUSE
  • Format: Hardback | 380 pages
  • Dimensions: 168mm x 234mm x 46mm | 522g
  • Publication date: 5 June 2014
  • ISBN 10: 1400069629
  • ISBN 13: 9781400069620
  • Sales rank: 169,420

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"NEW YORK TIMES "BESTSELLER Ruth Reichl is a born storyteller. Through her restaurant reviews, where she celebrated the pleasures of a well-made meal, and her bestselling memoirs that address our universal feelings of love and loss, Reichl has achieved a special place in the hearts of hundreds of thousands of readers. Now, with this magical debut novel, she has created a sumptuous, wholly realized world that will enchant you. Billie Breslin has traveled far from her home in California to take a job at "Delicious!, "New York's most iconic food magazine. Away from her family, particularly her older sister, Genie, Billie feels like a fish out of water--until she is welcomed by the magazine's colorful staff. She is also seduced by the vibrant downtown food scene, especially by Fontanari's, the famous Italian food shop where she works on weekends. Then "Delicious!" is abruptly shut down, but Billie agrees to stay on in the empty office, maintaining the hotline for reader complaints in order to pay her bills. To Billie's surprise, the lonely job becomes the portal to a miraculous discovery. In a hidden room in the magazine's library, Billie finds a cache of letters written during World War II by Lulu Swan, a plucky twelve-year-old, to the legendary chef James Beard. Lulu's letters provide Billie with a richer understanding of history, and a feeling of deep connection to the young writer whose courage in the face of hardship inspires Billie to comes to terms with her fears, her big sister and her ability to open her heart to love. Praise for "Delicious!" " " "Its title strikes me as perfectly apt. . . . The novel presents a whole passel of surprises: a puzzle to solve; a secret room; hidden letters; the legacy of James Beard; and a parallel, equally plucky heroine from the past, who also happens to be a culinary prodigy."--"The New York Times Book Review" " " "Drawing amply on her years as editor of "Gourmet, "Ruth Reichl's fiction debut, "Delicious!, " follows a perfect-palated aspiring young journalist to her new job at an iconic New York food magazine, where she uncovers a mysterious trove of James Beard's wartime correspondence--and learns how intimately food and legacy are intertwined."--"Vogue" " " "Reichl's compulsively readable novel is a treat for anyone who loves a warm, character-packed tale--a delectable mix of flavor, fantasy, and emotional comfort food."--"O: The Oprah Magazine" " " "This savory feast of a first novel blends the rich gifts that readers of Reichl's memoirs and food writing have come to expect. To a tantalizing coming-of-age story about a budding chef and journalist she adds a bittersweet tale of separated sisters."--"More" " " "Reichl's vivid descriptions of food will have readers salivating, and an insider's look at life at a food magazine is fascinating. Her satisfying coming-of-age novel of love and loss vividly demonstrates the power of food to connect people across cultures and generations."--"Library Journal "(starred review)

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Ruth Reichl is the bestselling author of "Tender at the Bone" and "Comfort Me with Apples." She was editor in chief of "Gourmet" magazine for ten years. She lives in New York City with her husband, son, and two cats.

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By Nada A. 28 Apr 2014 4

Delicious! is the first fiction attempt by longtime food writer Ruth Reichl. It is the story of Billie who is looking to make her way in New York City and who finds herself traveling the history of World War II on the home front through a young girl's letters. If you are a foodie looking for a light, entertaining, feel good read, this is the book for you. A delicious beach read for the upcoming summer season.

Read my complete review at: http://www.memoriesfrombooks.com/2014/04/delicious-novel.html

*** Reviewed based on a copy received through a publisherâ??s giveaway ***

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"Its title strikes me as perfectly apt. . . . The novel presents a whole passel of surprises: a puzzle to solve; a secret room; hidden letters; the legacy of James Beard; and a parallel, equally plucky heroine from the past, who also happens to be a culinary prodigy."--"The New York Times Book Review" " " "Drawing amply on her years as editor of "Gourmet, "Ruth Reichl's fiction debut, "Delicious!, " follows a perfect-palated aspiring young journalist to her new job at an iconic New York food magazine, where she uncovers a mysterious trove of James Beard's wartime correspondence--and learns how intimately food and legacy are intertwined."--"Vogue" " " "Reichl's compulsively readable novel is a treat for anyone who loves a warm, character-packed tale--a delectable mix of flavor, fantasy, and emotional comfort food."--"O: The Oprah Magazine" " " "This savory feast of a first novel blends the rich gifts that readers of Reichl's memoirs and food writing have come to expect. To a tantalizing coming-of-age story about a budding chef and journalist she adds a bittersweet tale of separated sisters."--"More" " " "Reichl's vivid descriptions of food will have readers salivating, and an insider's look at life at a food magazine is fascinating. Her satisfying coming-of-age novel of love and loss vividly demonstrates the power of food to connect people across cultures and generations."--"Library Journal "(starred review)