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Food Whore: A Novel of Dining and Deceit Paperback – October 27, 2015
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“Food Whore brilliantly navigates New York’s glittering gourmonster scene, with drool-inducing cuisine, hilarious observations, and a clever story that will find its way to your stomach and heart.” (Jill Kargman, Author and Creator of Bravo's Odd Mom Out)
“Jessica Tom’s debut both satisfies completely, and makes you hungry for more—she’s definitely one to watch!” (Stacey Ballis, author of Out to Lunch and Recipe for Disaster)
“Food Whore is jam-packed with playful insider jabs for those who work in food and restaurants...Tom deftly captures the intrigue and often comically precious, sometimes rarefied air of fine dining.” (Leiti Hsu, host, WORD OF MOUTH, Heritage Radio Network)
“With Food Whore, Jessica Tom gives readers an enticing romp through New York City’s culinary world. It’s The Devil Wears Prada for foodies--or anyone with an appetite for delicious drama.” (Lauren Shockey, author of Four Kitchens: My Life Behind the Burner in New York, Hanoi, Tel Aviv and Paris)
“The Devil Wears Prada goes gourmet ... The book speeds along with enough intrigue and excitement to keep any reader hooked... the deliciously detailed food descriptions are a bonus. A fun and compulsively readable look at a woman’s journey into the underbelly of the New York food scene.” (Kirkus Reviews)
“A delicious indulgence from start to finish. Jessica Tom has written a gripping tale about food, passion, and ambition that will have you tearing through the pages as she thrusts you into the competitive and cutthroat world of New York’s dining scene.” (Dana Bate, author of Too Many Cooks and The Girls' Guide to Love and Supper Clubs)
“Mix the delicious dishing of KITCHEN CONFIDENTIAL with THE DEVIL WEARS PRADA and you’ve got Jessica Tom’s Food Whore. This delectable romp through culinary underground of New York City will appeal to anyone with a dream—and the determination to make it come true.” (New York Times bestselling author Beth Harbison)
Jessica Tom’s debut novel Food Whore is an insider’s cleverly veiled exposé on the New York restaurant lifestyle. From the foie gras to the peach pear tart, each page literally drips with anticipation. Check her out today because she’s tomorrow’s hottest food writer. (Will Goldfarb, Chef/Owner Room4Dessert and Willpowder)
Once you start, you won’t be able to put Food Whore down. Jessica Tom immerses you into the electric, complex NYC food world. As a chef and writer, I relate to it on so many levels -- it’s uncanny how real the characters are. (Pichet Ong, Chef, culinary consultant, and author of The Sweet Spot: Asian-Inspired Desserts)
Perfect for fans of The Devil Wears Prada or any other tale of a young woman fresh to her industry getting caught up in a world she can’t control. (Library Journal)
From the Back Cover
food whore (n.): a person who will do anything for food
fresh out of college, Tia Monroe has every intention of taking the New York City restaurant scene by storm. But after a coveted internship goes up in smoke, Tia's suddenly just another food lover in the big city.
Everything changes when Michael Saltz, a legendary New York Times restaurant critic, lets Tia in on a career-ending secret: he's lost his sense of taste. Now he wants Tia to serve as his palate, ghostwriting his reviews. In return he promises her lavish meals, a boundless supply of designer clothing, and the opportunity of a lifetime. With nothing to lose and everything to gain, Tia agrees.
Within weeks, Tia's world transforms into one of glamour and luxury: four-star dinners, sexy celebrity chefs, and an unlimited expense account at Bergdorf Goodman. Tia loves every minute of it . . . until she sees her words in print and Michael Saltz taking all the credit. As the veneer of extravagance wears thin and her secret identity begins to crumble, Tia is faced with what it means to truly succeed. In a city where "making it" is the ultimate goal, she will have to decide: how far is she willing to go for the life she craves?
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This is a fun book with a lot of sexiness and authentic New York flair to it. What I'll be thinking about for a long time to come is that FOOD WHORE cuts to the heart of what it means to be young, ambitious, scared, confused and (most importantly) hopeful in your early twenties when you're trying to make it in a big city. Forging a career is hard anywhere, but Tom captures how tough it can be to make it in New York while highlighting the highs and lows of the journey with sharp, colorful prose. I've been recommending this to all my friends and I can see this being a great choice for a book club. Kudos to Tom on a very strong first novel.
As a new york city restaurant owner, I didn't expect much from the industry scenes. However, the author did a great job showing front and back of the house and the stress of high end dining. Tia the main character is naive, but her adventures are almost believable and you don't want to slap her on the side of the head for being completely stupid.
I enjoyed this book so much that I have been giving copies away to all my girlfriends.
One word of caution - do not read on an empty stomach - the food descriptions are so vivid that even if you're not hungry, you will be!
To be honest, I recommend reading this book twice. The first time, as fast as you can so you can learn what happens in this juicy tale. And then a second time to truly savor Jessica Tom’s sumptuous food writing. The sensual language doesn’t just apply to food, too. Tom lends her skills to fashion, heartache, and some steamy scenes that definitely made me blush on the subway (in a good way, obviously).