• by Ruth Reichl
  • Narrated by Julia Whelan
  • 12 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

In her best-selling 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 travelled 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 suddenly shut down, the colourful 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 listener to the colourful 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 12-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.


What the Critics Say

"[Ruth Reichl is] the culinary scene queen...the most influential food person in America today." (National Post)
"Reading Ruth Reichl on food is almost as good as eating it...Reichl makes the reader feel present with her, sharing her experience." ( The Washington Post Book World)
"[Reichl] is fair-minded, brave, and a wonderful writer." ( The New York Times Book Review)


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Customer Reviews

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Truly delicious!

What a delightful little surprise this book was. Lighthearted, yet meaningful. Predictable, yet purposeful. As the main character, Billie, struggles with coming to grips with the ghosts who haunt her, she finds escape and purpose through the 70+ year old letters from a girl during WWII, written to the great chef James Beard. Not sure if it's the foodie, NY lover and romantic in me that enjoyed the book best, but it was a great combination for me. Well done, Ruth Reichl!
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- Elizabeth "A school administrator and avid reader and listener of books. At least an hour of every day is spent in the car, and that's where the bulk of my listening is done. I tend to listen to books on "faster" mode so I can get through more books!"

Julia Whelan's reading makes this book come alive.

Where does Delicious! rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

I thoroughly enjoyed this book. It was a great introduction to using Audible.

What does Julia Whelan bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Absolutely. Her voice and voices for the characters were delightful.

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- Rachel Ellyn

Book Details

  • Release Date: 05-06-2014
  • Publisher: Random House Audio