Summer Reads: Delicious! by Ruth Reichl

Ruth_Reichl_Delicious_coverFor 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 hereDelicious! 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!





Buy Delicious! on on Amazon (this link should bring you to the Amazon store closest to you). Or for free worldwide shipping, buy from The Book Depository.


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.


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39 Responses to Summer Reads: Delicious! by Ruth Reichl

  1. Seanna June 9, 2014 at 06:32 #

    My favourite type of book to read is always about FOOD! 🙂 Especially when there is a twist of fate…those are the best. Thanks for the chance to win! I’ll keep my fingers crossed!

  2. Seanna June 9, 2014 at 06:33 #

    Tweeted! 🙂

  3. Pamela June 9, 2014 at 06:42 #

    My favourite type of book to read during Summer are about Travel, anything that will transport me to another place and of course about Food. This book must be a fascinating read.

  4. Pamela June 9, 2014 at 06:43 #


  5. Sandy June 9, 2014 at 09:49 #

    I love reading chick lit books! They are such an easy read while tanning at the beach or by the pool! Great contest. 🙂

  6. Sheelagh Russell-Brown June 9, 2014 at 09:56 #

    I love reading any kind of book in the summer–the longer the better!

  7. Natalie June 9, 2014 at 10:19 #

    I don’t really have a favourite type of book to read in the summer. I love variety in my books and usually alternate between science fiction then chick lit then mystery then something really scary then historical or biographical… My summer criteria is more about the portability of the book – if I’m going to the beach it has to fit in my beach bag, hiking then a picnic means it has to be easy to carry without adding too much extra weight.

  8. Bonnie June 9, 2014 at 10:20 #

    My favourite type of book to read in the summer is a Chick Lit book, like the books written by Emily Giffin.

  9. Sandra Hudson June 9, 2014 at 10:30 #

    Any book that will take me away for the day while I sit in the sun by the water, but a book about food is a bonus!

  10. Sandra Hudson June 9, 2014 at 10:33 #

    Tweeted! thanks for the chances to win!

  11. Bonnie June 9, 2014 at 10:35 #

    I tweeted about the contest.


  12. Jenn June 9, 2014 at 11:29 #

    Glad you liked it! This is def. on my reading list this summer!

  13. Lana Hood June 9, 2014 at 11:32 #

    I enjoy reading mysteries and light hearted type of books in the summertime.

  14. Lana Hood June 9, 2014 at 11:38 #

    I have tweeted the contest under my Twitter name @PrairiePearl

  15. Francine June 9, 2014 at 15:27 #

    I like to read cookbooks (and mindless chic-lit for my beach reading 🙂 )

  16. Francine June 9, 2014 at 15:28 #

    tweeted: https://twitter.com/1byspike/status/476083361333936131

  17. Lindsey June 9, 2014 at 17:14 #

    This is SO on my summer reading list! Cannot wait to dive in.

  18. Geoff June 9, 2014 at 19:16 #

    You have to love the cover of the book. Great pic

  19. Emma June 9, 2014 at 21:10 #

    I am a fan of memoirs 🙂

  20. Sean Neild June 10, 2014 at 13:05 #

    cookbooks are a mainstay but memoirs are great Summer reading for me

  21. Sean Neild June 10, 2014 at 13:05 #

    I tweeted about the contest as well

  22. Leanne P. June 11, 2014 at 10:23 #

    My favourite kind of book to read during the summer is a good mystery novel.

  23. Carol M June 11, 2014 at 12:30 #

    Really any kine of book, but especially like mysteries or true crime

  24. Carol M June 11, 2014 at 12:31 #



  25. Nicole June 15, 2014 at 16:02 #

    I love to read travel stories during the summer.

  26. Nicole June 15, 2014 at 16:03 #

    I tweeted here: https://twitter.com/JubleeW/status/478266354349666304

  27. Lori June 15, 2014 at 16:03 #

    I like to balance a summer cookbook with a good biography or collection of short stories (perfect for a quick trip to the park).

  28. Jason E Woods June 15, 2014 at 17:40 #

    I like to read fantasy/SciFi in the summer…and BBQ cookbooks!

  29. lucy June 15, 2014 at 17:53 #

    I love to read historical fiction

  30. Andrea Lee June 15, 2014 at 21:13 #

    Love travel books and romance!!!

  31. Mary June 15, 2014 at 21:15 #

    Love to read mysteries!

  32. Andrea Lee June 15, 2014 at 21:15 #

    Tweeted https://twitter.com/harmenny/status/478344845145014272

  33. Zoe June 15, 2014 at 21:19 #

    I actually just finished Delicious tonight, but I was reading my mum’s copy and would absolutely love to have my own. It was so fabulous and me and my mum are dying to try out the recipe in the back of the book!

    • Zoe June 15, 2014 at 21:21 #

      And shoot, I was so excited to gush about “Delicious!” I forgot to write about my favourite kinds of summer reads! I like to read books that are easy reads, but still emotionally true, creatively picturesque, and engaging. I recommend “The Perfume Collector” by Kathleen Tessaro for anyone looking!

  34. Arlene June 15, 2014 at 21:39 #

    I tweeted about the contest 🙂 This book sounds completely satisfying for both my passion for food and reading!

  35. Shelly June 15, 2014 at 22:02 #

    My summer reads usually involve one fluffy chick lit and one intense human rights book…with a smattering of food literature and irish chronicles thrown in!!

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