Delicious! by Ruth Reichl

Reviewed by Katy Zignego (Library Staff)

Delicious! is author Ruth Reichl’s first foray into fiction. She has written two nonfiction books on food and was the longtime editor-in-chief of Gourmet magazine, so I was expecting some serious foodie fun from this title.

The premise is simple: ingenue Billie Breslin takes a position as an editorial assistant at a famous food magazine and learns all about life while feasting on oysters and microgreens. Great literature it is not, but as a vehicle for mouth-watering descriptions of incredible dishes, Delicious! certainly delivers. And while Billie herself is a bit of a drip, the ensemble of lovable secondary characters–including an avuncular travel writer named Sammy and a hilariously inept reader who substitutes canned clams for scallops–round out the novel like a perfectly plump souffle: fluffy but satisfying.

Located in Adult Fiction (FIC REICHL)

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