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DELICIOUS!

Legendary food writer Ruth Reichl has written a novel - Delicious! Billie Breslin moves to New York and goes to work for Delicious!, a century-old, beloved food magazine (Gourmet perhaps?). While employed by the magazine, Billie uncovers letters written to James Beard during World War II. Billie makes it her mission to find out as much as she can about the author of the letters. Along the way, Billie uncovers secrets about her family and finds the courage to take chances in life. This is an intricately plotted book filled with engaging characters. Delicious! is set the New York food world, and Reichl's food descriptions are mouth-watering (what else would you expect?). Perfect for summer, Delicious! is a great read. But be warned: Delicious! will make you hungry!


Julie E. Says: Ruth Reichl's food memoir.
Amazon Says: At an early age, Ruth Reichl discovered that "food could be a way of making sense of the world. . . . If you watched people as they ate, you could find out who they were." Her more...
Amazon Says: At an early age, Ruth Reichl discovered that "food could be a way of making sense of the world. . . . If you watched people as they ate, you could find out who they were." Her deliciously crafted memoir, Tender at the Bone, is the story of a life determined, enhanced, and defined in equal measure by a passion for food, unforgettable people, and the love of tales well told.  Beginning with Reichl's mother, the notorious food-poisoner known as the Queen of Mold, Reichl introduces us to the fascinating characters who shaped her world and her tastes, from the gourmand Monsieur du Croix, who served Reichl her first soufflé, to those at her politically correct table in Berkeley who championed the organic food revolution in the 1970s.  Spiced with Reichl's infectious humor and sprinkled with her favorite recipes, Tender at the Bone is a witty and compelling chronicle of a culinary sensualist's coming-of-age. less...
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Julie E. Says: Ruth Reichl's adventures as a resturaunt reviewer.
Amazon Says: GARLIC AND SAPPHIRES is Ruth Reichl's riotous account of the many disguises she employs to dine anonymously. There is her stint as Molly Hollis, a frumpy blond with man more...
Amazon Says: GARLIC AND SAPPHIRES is Ruth Reichl's riotous account of the many disguises she employs to dine anonymously. There is her stint as Molly Hollis, a frumpy blond with manicured nails and an off-beige Armani suit that Ruth takes on when reviewing Le Cirque. The result: her famous double review of the restaurant: first she ate there as Molly; and then as she was coddled and pampered on her visit there as Ruth, New York Times food critic. What is even more remarkable about Reichl's spy games is that as she takes on these various disguises, she finds herself changed not just superficially, but in character as well. She gives a remarkable account of how one's outer appearance can very much influence one's inner character, expectations, and appetites. As she writes, "Every restaurant is a theater . . . even the modest restaurants offer the opportunity to become someone else, at least for a little while." GARLIC AND SAPPHIRES is a reflection on personal identity and role playing in the decadent, epicurean theaters of the restaurant world. less...
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Julie E. Says: A novel set in the London food world. Amazon
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