Tuesday, May 20, 2014

TLC Book Tours Book Review: Delicious

About Delicious!

Hardcover: 400 pages
Publisher: Random House (May 6, 2014)
In her New York Times bestselling memoirs Tender at the Bone and Comfort Me with Apples, Ruth Reichl has brilliantly illuminated how food defines us. Now she celebrates this theme in her dazzling fiction debut—a novel of sisters, family ties, and a young woman who must find the courage to let go of the past in order to embrace her own true gifts.
Billie Breslin has traveled far from her California home to take a job at Delicious!, the most iconic food magazine in New York and, thus, the world. When the publication is summarily shut down, the colorful staff, who have become an extended family for Billie, must pick up their lives and move on. Not Billie, though. She is offered a new job: staying behind in the magazine’s deserted downtown mansion offices to uphold the “Delicious Guarantee” –a public relations hotline for complaints and recipe inquiries–until further notice. What she doesn’t know is that this boring, lonely job will be the portal to a life-changing discovery.
“[Reichl] is fair-minded, brave, and a wonderful writer.” – The New York Times Book Review

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Even if you aren't a foodie you will find something to love in Delicious. This book is just fabulous. Almost from the very start, I was salivating from all the food references.

I absolutely loved Billie from the start. She quits college to take a job in a culinary magazine. When it shuts down she stays on to uphold the "Delicious Guarantee" That's when things start to get interesting. She enters the long closed library and uncovers a correspondence from a young girl to James Beard during the second world war.

I absolutely loved this book. I started reading it one afternoon and didn't stop until I had finished it.

It is a book for lovers of historical fiction as well as foodie fiction and it comes complete with Billie's gingerbread cake recipe at the very end.


Rating: 5 flowers (though I'd give it a whole bouquet) 

photo credit Fiona Aboud
photo credit Fiona Aboud

About Ruth Reichl

Ruth Reichl was born and raised in Greenwich Village. She wrote her first cookbook at twenty-one, and went on to be the restaurant critic of both the Los Angeles Times  and The New York Times.  She was editor-in-chief of Gourmet magazine for ten years. She now lives with her husband in upstate New York.

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Heather J @ TLC Book Tours said...

Thanks for being a part of the tour!

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