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  • Hardcover: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Appetite by Random House (May 6 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0449016501
  • ISBN-13: 978-0449016503
  • Product Dimensions: 16.3 x 3.4 x 24.2 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 621 g
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #18,389 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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   • "[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

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.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer TOP 500 REVIEWER on Oct. 1 2014
Format: Kindle Edition
My Rating: 2.5/5 stars

My Review: Going into this book, a book about food, I thought that this would be right up my alley. And it kind of was. I loved the beautiful descriptions of food strewn throughout the book, how they were incorporated into the storyline and the recipes that were provided. These were my favourite things about this debut fictional novel for Reichl which unfortunately also had a little too much going on and shallow, clichéd characters.

I understand that Ruth was the Editor-in-Chief at the former Gourmet magazine so she definitely knows how to entice her fellow foodies with descriptions of food, cooking techniques etc. Unfortunately it's the storyline and characters that need a little more fine tuning.

There were some very unique secondary characters and I specifically loved Sal and Rosalie who were the most authentic characters in the book. Sammy, while very unique, came off as the clichéd flamboyant, older mentor and the other secondary characters just blended into the melee.

Billie, on the other hand, came off as shallow and a little pathetic if I'm being honest. Here's this woman who has a unique and highly sought after palate so why wouldn't she use it more to her advantage?? It seemed like a waste. The family trauma that resulted in Billie's fear and reluctance to cook for people felt forced and not believable that this incident (although tragic) would cause her to fear cooking the rest of her life. That said, why on earth, with a fear of cooking, would she want to work at a food magazine? It just didn't make sense to me.

Then there's Billie's Cinderella metamorphosis where she went from dowdy, frump girl to princess with the addition of contacts, a new wardrobe and a haircut.
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By Reader Writer Runner TOP 50 REVIEWER on July 9 2014
Format: Hardcover
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From New West magazine to the LA Times to the NY Times and finally as editor in chief of Gourmet, Ruth Reichl has reigned as the world's best food writer for more than four decades. Her three memoirs add up to a fascinating autobiography that balances youthful innocence, an honest reverence for great chefs and a playful willingness to mock the pretensions of haute cuisine. Unfortunately, with her first novel, "Delicious!", she proves that her talent lies firmly and uniquely in non-fiction.

In an interview with Ann Patchett, Reichl insists that she "bent over backwards" to make her fiction debut non autobiographical. Hard to believe when her protagonist, Billie Breslin, finds herself out of a job after her employer, Delicious! magazine, decides to shut its doors. Gourmet in thin disguise, anyone? But, to back up, Billie discovered as a young girl that she possessed an "extraordinary palate," enabling her to identify the ingredients in any dish. When she leaves her family in California and heads to New York (a la Reichl herself), she lands a plum job at Delicious! after cooking for the magazine's editor, Jake Newberry. For reasons not specified until well into the novel, Billie has a phobia about cooking: "I don't cook," she says with finality. Not exactly an asset for an employee of a food magazine.

An intact Federal mansion of historical importance houses the offices of Delicious! wherein lies a cast of cliched characters: Maggie, the hard-hearted executive food editor, Diana, the friendly on-staff cook who becomes Billie’s mentor, Sammy, the gay, worldly-wise and kind travel writer and “Young Arthur” Pickwick who belongs to the family of the magazine's owners, one which suspiciously mirrors the Newhouses of Conde Nast.
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This is a terrific story, set in the food world. I've always loved Ruth Reichl's writing,and found I could not put this book down. Her characters are likeable and honest. I heartily recommend this book!
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I have been a big fan of Ruth Reichl's memoirs . While there were many charming bits and pieces in this novel, I think she is a much stronger writer of non- fiction. Her characters are very predictable and the plot is a little far-fetched but because Reichl is such a knowledgeable food writer, I hung in for her descriptive meals. A rather thin hook to hang a tale by.
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