And it was delicious! The book that is, I still have to try the recipe.
It's a coming together of people and food. The characters are wonderful- all different in their eccentricities and yet they all are part of a neighborhood and passion for food.
But not just food for Billie and Sammy and Mitch- there is a mystery with history and- you guessed it- food!
You'll enjoy the interactions and be surprised at some. There is the neighborhood where (if some of us recall shopping in specific stores for specific items i.e. butcher, bakery, etc.) families and food interact which may bring your own memories from your history.
And a twist- unraveling a mystery of letters, hidden rooms, searching for people and a historical time of WWII dealing with food shortages and prejudice.
I think I did mention food- you may need to sustain yourself!
A "delight" of people, their interactions with the power of food and the power of friends and family.
Enjoy!— From Linda's Past Picks - 4
NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER - Includes an exclusive conversation between Ruth Reichl and Emily Giffin
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
"Compulsively readable . . . 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
" Reichl's] New York is a fairy-tale town where beautiful food abounds. . . . 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
"Fascinating characters . . . There's romance, intrigue, food history, and the fictional appearance of a very real American culinary icon."--The Austin Chronicle "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)
"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
About the Author
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. From the Hardcover edition.