This book was a delicious read.
Never have I read such a delectable story, full of food and mystery and a complex cast of characters. You can tell the author, Ruth Reichl, loves food, and her experience as a food writer and restaurant reviewer has added a flavor to her writing like no other I have read. I could almost taste flavors and feel the texture of the food in my mouth.
Here’s the story:
A young woman with an amazing palate, but who won’t cook, leaves college to take on a position as assistant to the editor of a food magazine called Delicious! which operates out of an old mansion in New York City. The magazine staff and other people she meets in New York are all well-fleshed out and interesting, and just when you’re settling into the story, we find out that the magazine goes under, and she is the only employee left, kept on to deal with the magazine’s guarantee. In between taking on a side job working in an amazing cheese shop and answering customer calls in the Delicious! mansion, our protagonist finds a hidden room and discovers letters that lead to a fascinating mystery.
I can’t express enough what a wonderful book this was. It was just such a delight, with a mystery, wonderful characters, romance, history and food that just accentuates the story line. If you want a savory feast of a read, you should check out this book. I can’t remember how I found it, I think through some rabbit trails in Amazon searches, but it was one of the best books I’ve stumbled upon this year. Delightful and delicious!