Finally. Ruth Reichl has returned. Tender at the Bone and Comfort Me with Apples remain two of my favorite memoirs. In those books, Reichl shares her adventures and mis-adventures with food having been strongly influenced by a mother whose cooking ineptitude nearly killed several dinner guests.
Luckily, Reichl learned what not to do, and her early books take us on adventures through windy roads in the hills of Italy, into the secret passages of New York's culinary centers, and into her own kitchen.
Delicious! is a novel - The Devil Wears Prada meets Julie and Julia. Billie Breslin has travelled from California to take a job at Delicious! the most iconic food magazine on the planet. From the moment she enters the centuries old mansion housing the heart of the publication, she is tested. Can the shy small town girl keep up with the snobbery, and the blatant jealously of the seasoned staff? Before she has a chance to discover what, if any, impact she can make, the magazine is shut down and she chooses to remain in New York at an interim job.
A series of complex events leads her to a collection of correspondence exchanged during WW II between a twelve-year-old girl and legendary chef James Beard. That's a far as I am. this is a gentle novel with a Maeve Binchy feel. I am especially enjoying the local color and the collection of characters that work as food artisans in the city.
These arrived today. Great pictures and bits of local history. We'd be happy to set one aside for you. Click on the EVENTS tab for information on an author signing.