Through her restaurant reviews and bestselling memoirs, Ruth Reichl has earned a special place in the hearts of hundreds of thousands of readers. In her debut novel, she tells the story of Billie Breslin, who travels from her home in California to take a job at Delicious!, New York’s most iconic food magazine. When the magazine is abruptly shut down, Billie agrees to stay on in the empty office maintaining the reader complaint hotline. In the magazine’s library she finds a cache of letters written during World War II by a 12-year-old girl to the legendary chef James Beard. The letters provide Billie with a deeper understanding of the history of food as well as insight into her own fears and anxieties.
Ruth Reichl was the restaurant critic for the Los Angeles Times and the New York Times and editor of Gourmet magazine. Her bestselling memoirs include Tender at the Bone, Comfort Me with Apples, Garlic and Sapphires, and For You Mom, Finally. She has been honored with six James Beard Awards.
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Recorded On: Wednesday, May 20, 2015