Friday, December 5, 2014

Book Review: "Delicious!" by Ruth Reichl

"Delicious!" by Ruth Reichl
First published in 2014
400 pages
My rating: 4.5 out of 5
(image from Goodreads)

"Delicious!" was a delightful read that combined all of my favorite things into one book: food, a magazine, New York City, a cool old mansion, letters, WWII historical tidbits, a dog who loves smoothies, libraries, a little romance, and even some serendipity.

Billie has just relocated from California to New York, hoping to bury the difficult events of the past year and start afresh. She's hired as an editorial assistant at legendary food magazine "Delicious!" and meets a wonderful cast of lovable characters. Billie settles right in and explores all the scrumptious food New York has to offer, takes a weekend job at a lovely family-owned deli and before long she's writing lengthy pieces for the magazine. But things go south in a hurry when the corporation that owns "Delicious!" suddenly announces that it's shutting down the beloved magazine.

Billie has lost her anchor, but she may find it again buried in the secret library of the mansion that housed "Delicious!" for so many years. At its heart, this is a tale about a girl who is lost finding herself, coming to grips with the past and discovering her true calling.

"Delicious!" wasn't a perfect book, but I had to give it a high rating because it was such an enjoyable read. It's charming without being too cheesy (though there is plenty of cheese in the book -- mmm, Parmesan!) and features a fantastic group of characters and soooo much mouthwatering food. And it comes with a recipe! :) If you're a foodie and/or like books with a cozy, wonderful sense of atmosphere, this charming novel is for you!

1 comment:

  1. Love, love, love this book! The best I read for awhile.


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