I don’t know what part of me loves this book the most, the foodie, the library-lover, or story junkie. Renown food critic and best-selling author Ruth Reichl mixes simple ingredients to create a word feast that is both decadent and satisfying: an unminted journalist with an unusual flavor palette, a struggling food magazine, a small, family-owned cheese and delicacy shop, a locked library, and letters from a precocious aspiring cook to James Beard during WWII.
Lulu’s letters and recipes paint a clear picture of wartime America, and baker-turned journalist Billie Breslin’s experiences at Delicious and the Fontanari’s shop are a fun foray into the flavors and textures in the modern food-world.
The writing is solid, but lacks a literary quality I struggle to put into words. The vocabulary plays a part, so does tone and plot twists that feel a little predictable. This is a great read however, perfect for the beach, and absolutely lives up to the title.