Waiting on Wednesday: Delicious! by Ruth Reichl

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine.  Its purpose is to spotlight eagerly-anticipated upcoming releases.

This week I’m eagerly awaiting:

Delicious! by Ruth Reichl

Expected Release Date: May 6, 2014

Billie Breslin has traveled far from her California home to take a job at Delicious, the most iconic food magazine in New York and, thus, the world. When the publication is summarily shut down, the colorful staff, who have become an extended family for Billie, must pick up their lives and move on. Not Billie, though. She is offered a new job: staying behind in the magazine’s deserted downtown mansion offices to uphold the “Delicious Guarantee”-a public relations hotline for complaints and recipe inquiries-until further notice. What she doesn’t know is that this boring, lonely job will be the portal to a life-changing discovery.

Delicious! carries the reader to the colorful world of downtown New York restaurateurs and artisanal purveyors, and from the lively food shop in Little Italy where Billie works on weekends to a hidden room in the magazine’s library where she discovers the letters of Lulu Swan, a plucky twelve-year-old, who wrote to the legendary chef James Beard during World War II. Lulu’s letters lead Billie to a deeper understanding of history (and the history of food), but most important, Lulu’s courage in the face of loss inspires Billie to come to terms with her own issues-the panic attacks that occur every time she even thinks about cooking, the truth about the big sister she adored, and her ability to open her heart to love.

(summary via Goodreads)

As someone who loves food but doesn’t read a great deal about it, this might seem like an odd choice.  However, Reichl is a famed food critic, and has several memoirs under her belt.  Her foray into fiction is getting all kinds of great buzz, and I can’t wait to sink my teeth into this one (see what I did there?).  I’m looking forward to something different and fun.  Something adult after tons of YA.  I don’t know.  I’m stoked about this one.

What are you waiting on this week?

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3 thoughts on “Waiting on Wednesday: Delicious! by Ruth Reichl

  1. Wow, amazing pick. I’m also a huge foodie, but I don’t read much about it other than recipe books. I love the idea of getting a bit of a history of food along with an emotional self-discovery story. Going on my TBR. Thanks so much for sharing!

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