For many, Ruth Reichl needs no introduction. Author of The New York Times bestselling memoirs Tender at the Bone and Comfort Me with Apples, she’s been one of my favourite food writers for a long time. Formerly a restaurant critic for both The Los Angeles Times and The New York Times, Reichl also penned Garlic and Sapphires about her time “under cover” but she is perhaps best known as the Editor in Chief of Gourmet Magazine for 10 years until it closed in 2009. You can read more about her illustrious career in food writing here. Delicious! is Reichl’s fiction debut – a novel essentially about family and friends, about learning to let go of the hurt of the past to embrace the future.
The book tells the story of young Billie Breslin, a wannabe food-writer from California whose extraordinary palate lands her a job at the New York food magazine (“the book” as it’s known). Delicious! The beginning of the story holds a lot of promise for her career as a food writer, but early on, her dreams of food writing fame are dashed as the publication shuts down unexpectedly. In a strange twist of fate, Billie is the only employee to be kept on as the intern who must respond to questions (and complaints) about the magazine’s recipes – to honour their “money back guarantee”. But far from being the dull job it could have been, this leads to a discovery that will change Billie’s life – and keep you turning the pages of the novel – it’s definitely a case of “Just one more chapter” – you will probably end up reading this in one sitting!
I won’t reveal too much because this is a must-read for the summer, but the story tells of Billie’s discovery of hidden letters between a certain 12 year-old, Lulu Swan to James Beard (yes, THAT James Beard) during World War II and what unfolds is part (food) history, part mystery. It will have you on the edge of your (pool) chair – it’s an easy read but not a fluffy one – lots to digest!
A Delicious! giveaway for Canadian readers!
Thanks to the kind folks at Random House Canada, I have one copy of “Delicious!” to giveaway to a lucky Canadian reader.
How to enter:
There are 2 ways to enter (maximum of two entries per person for the duration of the contest).
1. Leave a comment on this post telling me what your favourite type of book to read in the summer is.
2. Tweet the following message: Enter to win @ruthreichl ‘s “Delicious!” from @RandomHouseCA + @eatlivtravwrite (Canada) Details: http://bit.ly/1hG148x then come back to leave a second comment letting me know you did.
Eligibility and contest rules:
– Open to Canadian residents only.
– No purchase of any product necessary for entry.
– Winner will be chosen randomly (using www.random.org) from all qualified entries on Sunday June 15th 2014 after 6pm EST.
– Winner will be notified via email Monday June 16th 2014.
Disclosure: I was provided with a copy of “Delicious!” for review purposes. I was not asked to write about the book, nor am I being compensated for doing do. All opinions 100% my own.
Please note: The product links from Amazon, Amazon.ca and The Book Depository are affiliate links. If you click on these links and purchase the product I have linked to or any other product, I will receive a small percentage of the sale price.