I discovered the novel Delicious! by Ruth Reichl through an Amazon recommendation awhile ago and just knew it would make the cut for my summer reading list. Plus, since I had fallen out of the habit of reading lately, for my first book of the summer, I knew I wanted a work of fiction that I would devour in a couple of days. Having started Monday afternoon and finished Wednesday evening, this book was perfect. I love being captivated by a good story.
I downloaded the eBook from the 3M Cloud Library, which I accessed through my library system. I read it on my Kindle. Although, since the main character's close friend uses wonderful old-fashioned formal diction, the Kindle version would be ideal because you can tap a word and receive the definition automatically. Not that it is difficult. In fact, I didn't Google a single word because I either knew each one or could figure it out in context. The free format was better for me.
This is a story of a college-aged woman named Billie who lands a job at a food magazine in New York City, far away from home and school in California. She has a gift in her amazing palate. With one taste, she can name all the ingredients in a dish, even uncommon ones! She can also easily recommend what ingredient the dish needs or needs more of in order for it to improve. Despite this talent, Billie does not cook. This is just one of many ways that she holds herself back, mainly due to family issues. I adore her colorful friends, Italian ones included, who help her create a new life. The long-running magazine shuts down, but she is the only employee allowed to stay in order to deal with warranty issues. In her grand workplace, she and a former colleague discover hidden scattered letters from a twelve-year old girl who enjoys cooking to famous chef James Beard during World War II. This included history enriches the story. All of this leads her to a few more adventures, love, and healing. I love how she blossoms. Such growth. There are a lot of life lessons for the reader. I highly recommend this book.
This is my 599th post. I am dedicating my next one (the 600th!) to answering your questions, so if you have a question, please ask me in the comment section or on any of the blog's social media. I normally post about a simple pleasure or signature item every Sunday, but I will break that tradition just this once. Instead, I will work on drafting detailed answers tomorrow. Since I've had so many wonderful inquiries over the last day, I'm unsure when you may expect the Q&A post to go live. Probably sometime next week. Thank you so much for your questions!