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Delicious!: A Novel Hardcover – May 6, 2014
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“[Ruth Reichl’s] New York is a fairy-tale town where beautiful food abounds. . . . 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.”—The New York Times Book Review
“Fascinating characters . . . There’s romance, intrigue, food history, and the fictional appearance of a very real American culinary icon.”—The Austin Chronicle
“Reichl’s vivid descriptions of food will have readers salivating, and an insider’s look at life at a food magazine is fascinating. Her satisfying coming-of-age novel of love and loss vividly demonstrates the power of food to connect people across cultures and generations.”—Library Journal (starred review)
“This savory feast of a first novel blends the rich gifts that readers of Reichl’s memoirs and food writing have come to expect. To a tantalizing coming-of-age story about a budding chef and journalist she adds a bittersweet tale of separated sisters.”—More
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Ruth Reichl’s depiction of the quintessential New York cheese shop includes bits of every food specialty shop worth its salt, and the ‘foodies” captured in the story of the magazine, “Delicious” call to mind dinners at the International Association of Culinary Professional conventions I attended when in the food-writing business. People who love to cook for others are the most generous people on the planet, hands down, and one cannot help but like them – even the grumpy Maggie in the story.
Reichl’s research on World War II is impeccable, and the mistreatment of the Italian Americans in those years and the subsequent paranoia of the McCarthy era are well depicted. This is a book that makes you hungry for knowledge as well as for the delightful foods captured in the story.
Admittedly the year is young, but this book is, hands down, the most enjoyable reading experience I have had this year, and I heartily recommend it. Further, I cannot wait to see more fiction from this very talented writer. And, the icing on the cake is its dedication to Marion Cunningham, one of the true greats of the food world. There are many of us who miss her terribly.
The magazine's offices are housed in an 1830s building called the Timbers Mansion; when alone in the building after the magazine's shut down, out of curiosity she ventures up to the top floor library, which had formerly been off limits. There she discovers a cache of cleverly hidden letters from a young girl in Ohio named Lulu to the famous chef James Beard, written during WWII. The letters, sometimes humorous and sometimes somber, bring the historical period to life in a wonderful way.
Delicious! is stuffed with terrific and memorable characters - my favorites are Sal, proprietor of a local cheese shop where Billie works part-time, and Sammy, one of the magazine's writers. There are also food descriptions so lush that I wanted to put the book down and go in search of something to eat. But this is a book that's hard to put down.Read more ›
There's a rather silly McGuffin in the shape of a library-sized word game/treasure hunt, but it serves its purpose well, and somewhere in those stacks some hanky-panky awaits, but McGuffins can be useful things, and the letters the hunt uncovers describe the home front during WWII and are "like discovering a strange new planet where the men are all gone and the women make do."
And on top of that we get a generous serving of Ruth Reichl food-writing, which is never a bad thing.
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Starts off a little slow but once I got about halfway through I couldn't put it down. Nice light read with lots of food references that make your mouth water!Published 3 days ago by Ashley Tortora
True to it's title~ A delicious book with a charming heroine and I really cared about her. I would love more fiction from this author.Published 3 days ago by bbm
As a writer, Ruth Reichl does a bit better with her memoirs, but I thoroughly enjoyed this movelPublished 5 days ago by Henrietta A. Bartunek
This was a history lesson wrapped in a love for gourmet cuisine cooking. Superb plot, interesting twists and great character development.Published 7 days ago by J. J. Binder
While Reichl's memoirs, Tender at the Bone and Comfort me with Apples, are splendid examples of their genre, this novel is one of the worst examples of that versatile genre. Read morePublished 7 days ago by L. Z.
I loved this book! Ruth Reichl has a way of writing about food that it simply brilliant. I devoured this book & would recommend it anyone who loves reading stories about food.Published 8 days ago by Amazon Customer
Great book, interesting characters , a wonderful historical novelPublished 8 days ago by Mary Jo DeNigris
I thoroughly enjoyed this delightful book. It has strange but enjoyable twists.Published 11 days ago by Kindle Customer