Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Delicious!: A Novel by Ruth Reichl + a giveaway

Hi, everyone! Today I'm a stop on the TLC book tour for Ruth Reichl's fiction debut, Delicious!. And I've got a copy to give away to one lucky reader - be sure to read through to the bottom to enter.

Billie Breslin knows she's lucky to get a job at Delicious!. She's dropped out of college and doesn't even cook, but she has her reasons and she has an amazing palate. Within months she's written her first piece and is right where she wants to be. But then the magazine is abruptly shut down and everyone around her is looking for new employment. Billie is kept on to run the magazine's guarantee - you'll love the recipe or your money back - when she makes a wonderful discovery: in the depths of the magazine's library Billie finds Lulu Swan's WWII correspondence with James Beard. Spurred on by a new project and purpose, Billie begins to hunt down all of the letters. As she delves further into Lulu's missives, Billie begins to blossom, finding the confidence to finally step out of her sister's shadow and open herself to the people around her. 

Is it too cliche to say Delicious! is delicious? Probably so. It is a truly delightful read in every way, though.

Delicious! is a story of love and loss, of personal growth, of food and the artisans of the food industry, of New York, and of history. Billie and the magazine, Sal and his shop, Mr. Complainer, Sammy, Lulu, Bertie... as the story progresses more and more pieces are added, layer by layer like some wonderful multi-course meal. It's the kind of book that keeps you turning pages late into the night and fills you with the warm and fuzzes.

I don't know that I can adequately convey my adoration of this book. Suffice it to say I found it completely absorbing and most definitely recommend it to anyone looking for a real feel good read (with food!).

But, this book should most definitely come with a warning. It's packed to the gills with tantalizing descriptions of food, which left me in a bit of a tough spot. No way could I possibly fight the constant temptation of all the mouth watering dishes. I had to valiantly fight the urge to eat the entire time I was reading!

Rating: 5/5

(Delicious! officially hits shelves Tuesday, May 6.)

To see more stops on the tour be sure to check out the official TLC tour page here.

For more on Ruth Reichl, you can find her on the web here. You can also follow her on Twitter.

And now for the giveaway! The publisher is offering up one copy - US only and no PO boxes, please. To enter, simply fill out the Rafflecopter below before Monday, May 12. Good luck!

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Anonymous said...

My fave comfort food is Israeli couscous with peas, Parmesan cheese and roast chicken.

Anonymous said...

:-) My favorite comfort food, posted for the world to see... My fave comfort food is Israeli couscous with peas, Parmesan cheese and roast chicken.

traveler said...

My favorite comfort food is homemade chicken soup with mandlen which my grandmother made. saubleb(at)gmail(dot)com

Terry said...

My favorite comfort food is macaroni and cheese.

Caroline said...

My favorite comfort food is a dish called Macaroni au Four. It's a baked macaroni with b├ęchamel and a really flavorful ground meat center. My Mom made it for us and now I make it for my family. It's like a hug from Mom.

cyn209 said...

my comfort food is chips!!!!

Anonymous said...

Definitely pasta.


Heather J @ TLC Book Tours said...

Ooh what a wonderfully tasty read! I'm so glad you enjoyed this one.

Thanks for being on the tour.

Deb in Hawaii said...

It was hard to not want to eat while reading this one. I thought making the kale salad was the lesser of the calorie evils. ;-) Thanks for stopping by my review.