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.
Pages: 400 (Hardcover)
Publisher: Published May 6th 2014 by Random House (first published January 1st 2014)
Rating: 9 out of 10
Source: Checked out from the library
Date Completed: August 13, 2014
I really enjoyed Garlic and Sapphires: The Secret Life of a Critic in Disguise by Ruth Reichl. I thought that she was funny and informative, plus I always felt hungry when I listened to a passage. While at the library, I saw that she had a novel coming out, Delicious! which sounded inspiring and fun. I recommended it to the Professors and Partners book club and was excited that it was chosen for the August selection.
I found Billie inspiring and sweet; I loved that she was using her happy memories of home cooking as inspiration for her career path. I also liked getting to know one of the other main characters, Lulu, through letters and liked seeing the creativity and quirks of the staff at the food magazine. Granted my perspective was influenced by own transitions and hope that something wonderful is waiting if I follow my passions.
During the book club discussion, one of the members made the ginger cake that is described in the book. The recipe is provided at the end and it was so yummy! I wish that I could eat something from many of the books I read that have yummy descriptions.