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Delicious!

by Ruth Reichl

Appetite by Random House | May 6, 2014 | Hardcover

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In her bestselling memoirs Ruth Reichl has long illuminated the theme of how food defines us, and never more so than in her dazzling fiction debut about sisters, family ties, and a young woman who must finally let go of guilt and grief to embrace her own true gifts.
     Billie Breslin has travelled 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 suddenly shut down, the colourful 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.
     Delicious! carries the reader to the colourful world of downtown New York restaurateurs and artisanal purveyors. And from the lively food shop in Little Italy where Billie works on weekends to a hidden room in the magazine''s library where she discovers the letters of Lulu Swan, a plucky twelve-year-old, who wrote to the legendary chef James Beard during World War II. Lulu''s letters lead Billie to a deeper understanding of history (and the history of food), but most important, Lulu''s courage in the face of loss inspires Billie to come to terms with her own issues--the panic attacks that occur every time she even thinks about cooking, the truth about the big sister she adored, and her ability to open her heart to love.

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 400 pages, 9.51 × 6.4 × 1.33 in

Published: May 6, 2014

Publisher: Appetite by Random House

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0449016501

ISBN - 13: 9780449016503

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Delicious!

by Ruth Reichl

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 400 pages, 9.51 × 6.4 × 1.33 in

Published: May 6, 2014

Publisher: Appetite by Random House

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0449016501

ISBN - 13: 9780449016503

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Eleven Years Later When Jake Newberry asked me to cook for him, I froze. “Something wrong?” He swept a strand of silver hair out of his eyes and gave me his famous cool blue stare. “I’m not applying for a position in the test kitchen.” I tried to keep the disappointment from my voice; the job had sounded so perfect. “I thought you were looking for a new executive assistant.” “I am.” Then he added, “Didn’t anybody tell you I ask every candidate to cook for me?” How had I missed that? Jake reached down and patted the big yellow dog at his feet; the dog wriggled with pleasure, and I found that oddly reassuring. “Look, Billie.” Jake offered an encouraging smile. “You seem like a good fit for Delicious! You worked on The Daily Cal. It sounds like you know your way around a kitchen. And you’re even willing to leave school to take the job. I like that; it shows how much you want it.” I’d spent hours working on an explanation for dropping out; it had never crossed my mind that he’d consider it a plus. “You’ve said all the right things.” He looked down at the pile of manuscripts on his desk, and when he looked up again, his smile was crooked. “You Googled me, right?” “Would you want an assistant who didn’t?” “Good answer. But that just proves my point. I don’t find interviews all that revealing.” Every artic
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In her bestselling memoirs Ruth Reichl has long illuminated the theme of how food defines us, and never more so than in her dazzling fiction debut about sisters, family ties, and a young woman who must finally let go of guilt and grief to embrace her own true gifts.
     Billie Breslin has travelled 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 suddenly shut down, the colourful 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.
     Delicious! carries the reader to the colourful world of downtown New York restaurateurs and artisanal purveyors. And from the lively food shop in Little Italy where Billie works on weekends to a hidden room in the magazine''s library where she discovers the letters of Lulu Swan, a plucky twelve-year-old, who wrote to the legendary chef James Beard during World War II. Lulu''s letters lead Billie to a deeper understanding of history (and the history of food), but most important, Lulu''s courage in the face of loss inspires Billie to come to terms with her own issues--the panic attacks that occur every time she even thinks about cooking, the truth about the big sister she adored, and her ability to open her heart to love.

About the Author

RUTH REICHL was Editor-in-Chief of Gourmet magazine for ten years. She lives in New York City with her husband, son, and two cats.

Editorial Reviews

   • "[Ruth Reichl is] the culinary scene queen...the most influential food person in America today." -- National Post 

   • "...an all around role model to food critics everywhere." -- The Toronto Star 

   • "Reading Ruth Reichl on food is almost as good as eating it...Reichl makes the reader feel present with her, sharing her experience." -- The Washington Post Book World 

   • "An absolute delight to read...how lucky we are that [Reichl] has the courage to follow her appetite." -- Newsday 

   • "[Reichl] is fair-minded, brave, and a wonderful writer." -- The New York Times Book Review
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