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In her bestselling memoirs Ruth Reichl has long illuminated the theme of how food defines us, and never more so than in her dazzling fiction debut about sisters, family ties, and a young woman who must finally let go of guilt and grief to embrace her own true gifts.

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.

Edition Language:English
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:380 pages

    Delicious! Reviews

  • Jenne
    Nov 13, 2013

    oookaaaayyy, well let me just start out by saying that I love Ruth Reichl. Garlic and Sapphires is one of my favorite books ever. Genius. Lovely. Gorgeous. However. This novel. I mean, it's definitely...

  • Elizabeth of Silver's Reviews
    Jun 13, 2014

    Recipes, libraries, letters, books, food, authentic Italian butcher and cheese shops, aromas you can smell through the pages, and marvelous characters. What more can a reader ask for?DELICIOUS is a re...

  • Jacqie
    Mar 04, 2014

    I've loved all the non-fiction that Ruth Reichl has written and thought her first novel would be a treat. Sadly, it seems that very different skills are needed in writing fiction vs. non-fiction.Our m...

  • K
    Jul 01, 2014

    Sorry guys -- yet another curmudgeonly review. I just couldn't stay interested in this story. Ruth Reichl is a seasoned writer, but definitely not a novelist.Somewhere on the TV tropes website where i...

  • Carol
    Jul 27, 2014

    The question in my mind was "Could Ruth Reichl, food editor, restaurant critic and memoir writer pull off a cozy novel?" You bet she can and it was, well, delicious. Like Reichl, Billie Breslin transp...

  • Chris
    May 09, 2014

    Most anyone who knows me, knows that Ruth Reichl is at the top of my favorite food writer list. So when I was given the opportunity to receive an advanced readers copy of her newest book and first wor...

  • Kelly Syms
    May 11, 2014

    Place this one firmly in the "beach read" category. The prose is juvenile, especially for such an esteemed non-fiction writer. I love Ruth Reichl's food writing, and adored her editorial tenure at Gou...

  • Kwoomac
    Mar 03, 2014

    First reads. I won, I won, I won! I haven't won anything in like 4 years!So, full disclosure. I received this book through Goodreads First Reads in exchange for an unbiased review. This is the first n...

  • J
    Apr 10, 2014

    I won this book in a Goodreads First Reads giveaway.Ruth Reichl is a well known author, so I had high hopes for this, her first novel. Unfortunately, I was disappointed.A young woman drops out of coll...

  • Dale Harcombe
    May 28, 2017

    Three and a half stars.An enjoyable, light read set around food and a mystery involving letters from the past. Billie Breslin gets a job at Delicious the premier food magazine in New York. But just wh...

About Ruth Reichl

Ruth Reichl

Ruth Reichl is an American food writer, the editor-in-chief of Gourmet magazine and culinary editor for the Modern Library.Born to parents Ernst and Miriam (née Brudno), she was raised in New York City and spent time at a boarding school in Montreal. She attended the University of Michigan, where she met her first husband, the artist Douglas Hollis. She graduated in 1970 with a M.A. in art history