This is the first novel by food critic Ruth Reichl. There's romance, intrigue, food history, and the fictional appearance of a very real American culinary icon. Deep and thought provoking this isn't, but light summer re If I'm going to be honest this was a two star book. Reichl introduced the reader to her believable, lovable characters and to mouthwatering food. Again, there was so much of this sort of thing that at times I wondered if it was tongue-in-cheek. 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.
What she doesn't know is that this boring, lonely job will be the portal to a life-changing discovery. Are there other recipes in this book? Copyright © 2014 by Ruth Reichl. A beautiful historic mansion holds the offices of the food magazine which is similar to Gourmet magazine where Ruth Reichl served as the editor. We get hints about a tragic past, but because we can't know what happened, we can't really know the character. 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. I especially loved Sal and his cheese shop. Ruth Reichl is a born storyteller.
One of the swooningly best I've read. Billie Breslin has traveled far from her home in California to take a job at Delicious! Reichl published a novel Delicious! In this book, Billie heads to New York City and finds an assistant job at a culinary magazine. She's dropped out of college and doesn't even cook, but she has her reasons and she has an amazing palate. Spoon batter into the prepared pan and bake for about 40 minutes, until cake is golden and a wooden skewer comes out clean. Throw in a mystery concerning the iconic James Beard and a young girl he corresponded with during the war, all of which kept me turning the pages with delight. The framing story involves Billie Breslin, a young woman with a discerning palate, who starts a job as the assistant to the editor of Delicious! It was silly, crowded, predictable and dragged where it needed to just get over itself.
This is the first novel by food critic Ruth Reichl. She brushes the fish with olive oil, sprinkles some herbs on it, and she grills it. She is also seduced by the vibrant downtown food scene, especially by Fontanari's, the famous Italian food shop where she works on weekends. I rate it 3 stars. To a tantalizing coming-of-age story about a budding chef and journalist she adds a bittersweet tale of separated sisters.
Despite her success and tales of how she used to disguise herself to mask her identity while reviewing, she is quite open about why she stopped. I haven't won anything in like 4 years! 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. When I walked in the house, there was Riechl's book waiting for me. 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. Without giving too much away, Reichl maintains a degree of suspense until the final pages. To a tantalizing coming-of-age story about a budding chef and journalist she adds a bittersweet tale of separated sisters.
Sadly, it seems that very different skills are needed in writing fiction vs. Her satisfying coming-of-age novel of love and loss vividly demonstrates the power of food to connect people across cultures and generations. There is not a mean bone in this book's body. With time on her hands in the now empty Timbers Mansion Billie discovers not only a secret room but a treasure trove of correspondence dating back to the forties between James Beard and a spunky teen trying to survive the realities of a country at war and rationing. I look forward to sharing recipes with you! At the same time, she fights some of her own demons and moves on with her life. She published her first novel, Delicious! I would look forward to another of her books, especially to see how she relates to the world of cuisine. There is also a romance in this book as well as the mystery, so that will probably appeal to a lot of people.
My first reaction was the same as yours -this better be good. In this book, Billie heads to New York City and finds an assistant job at a culinary magazine. In a small bowl, I whisked together three eggs, an egg yolk and sour cream. Take a dash of mystery, a sprinkling of romance, a pinch of history, throw in a handful of good recipes, a hint of name dropping, mix them all together, taste. Certainly she would have done more than tweak her own character.
For anyone interested in food, food preparation and eating out, this book Three and a half stars. It was as if I had invented pork belly lollipops. She goes out and picks herbs and wild oregano from the hills and fields, and sprinkles it in; finds fresh tomatoes to put on a plate with onions; and brings out a loaf of freshly baked bread with a jug of wine that her neighbor has just made. New York is bathed in a cinematic afterglow - think When Harry Met Sally, as opposed to Dog Day Afternoon. When you spend all day among old papers, the people come alive for you, and you begin to see the present through different eyes. Because being only one kind of genius is just not enough. It had at one time made her an excellent cook herself, but something has happened in her past that now gives her panic attacks at just the idea of cooking or baking.