Delicious! Hardcover – May 6 2014
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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
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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.See all Product Description
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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.Read more ›
Couldn't care less about any of it- 3/4 finished..... Moving on..... Sorry- disappointed
Wanted it to be good!
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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. Read more