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Delicious! - A Novel

Ruth Reichl

In her bestselling 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 reader 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 twelve-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.

In her bestselling 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 reader 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 twelve-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.
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In her bestselling 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 reader 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 twelve-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.

Language:

English

Narrators:

Julia Whelan

Length:

12h 59m


Chapters

Chapter 1
Chapter 1

00:12


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

07:04


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

05:13


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

06:55


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

09:00


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

07:24


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

06:35


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

09:13


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

09:20


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

06:49


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

04:29


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

05:50


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

04:38


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

09:19


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

04:01


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

09:42


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

03:58


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

07:16


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

05:39


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

05:14


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

09:18


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

07:50


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

07:35


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

04:04


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

08:34


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

08:08


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

08:41


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

09:22


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

06:54


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

09:47


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

07:52


Chapter 32
Chapter 32

05:35


Chapter 33
Chapter 33

09:52


Chapter 34
Chapter 34

06:44


Chapter 35
Chapter 35

06:50


Chapter 36
Chapter 36

10:01


Chapter 37
Chapter 37

09:26


Chapter 38
Chapter 38

06:24


Chapter 39
Chapter 39

03:18


Chapter 40
Chapter 40

06:21


Chapter 41
Chapter 41

08:58


Chapter 42
Chapter 42

06:31


Chapter 43
Chapter 43

04:44


Chapter 44
Chapter 44

06:46


Chapter 45
Chapter 45

07:43


Chapter 46
Chapter 46

06:37


Chapter 47
Chapter 47

09:17


Chapter 48
Chapter 48

04:22


Chapter 49
Chapter 49

07:16


Chapter 50
Chapter 50

05:34


Chapter 51
Chapter 51

05:44


Chapter 52
Chapter 52

09:46


Chapter 53
Chapter 53

08:40


Chapter 54
Chapter 54

09:50


Chapter 55
Chapter 55

06:08


Chapter 56
Chapter 56

08:16


Chapter 57
Chapter 57

03:10


Chapter 58
Chapter 58

08:48


Chapter 59
Chapter 59

05:05


Chapter 60
Chapter 60

04:41


Chapter 61
Chapter 61

08:39


Chapter 62
Chapter 62

07:11


Chapter 63
Chapter 63

06:01


Chapter 64
Chapter 64

05:49


Chapter 65
Chapter 65

07:32


Chapter 66
Chapter 66

06:05


Chapter 67
Chapter 67

09:11


Chapter 68
Chapter 68

07:10


Chapter 69
Chapter 69

06:33


Chapter 70
Chapter 70

06:33


Chapter 71
Chapter 71

05:34


Chapter 72
Chapter 72

06:27


Chapter 73
Chapter 73

06:51


Chapter 74
Chapter 74

04:06


Chapter 75
Chapter 75

06:50


Chapter 76
Chapter 76

07:15


Chapter 77
Chapter 77

05:51


Chapter 78
Chapter 78

07:28


Chapter 79
Chapter 79

08:22


Chapter 80
Chapter 80

07:52


Chapter 81
Chapter 81

09:35


Chapter 82
Chapter 82

04:32


Chapter 83
Chapter 83

08:15


Chapter 84
Chapter 84

08:49


Chapter 85
Chapter 85

06:29


Chapter 86
Chapter 86

04:19


Chapter 87
Chapter 87

06:39


Chapter 88
Chapter 88

08:42


Chapter 89
Chapter 89

08:50


Chapter 90
Chapter 90

05:29


Chapter 91
Chapter 91

06:56


Chapter 92
Chapter 92

07:37


Chapter 93
Chapter 93

05:05


Chapter 94
Chapter 94

08:20


Chapter 95
Chapter 95

04:11


Chapter 96
Chapter 96

07:23


Chapter 97
Chapter 97

08:27


Chapter 98
Chapter 98

08:19


Chapter 99
Chapter 99

06:47


Chapter 100
Chapter 100

05:57


Chapter 101
Chapter 101

05:08


Chapter 102
Chapter 102

09:57


Chapter 103
Chapter 103

07:19


Chapter 104
Chapter 104

08:08


Chapter 105
Chapter 105

08:58


Chapter 106
Chapter 106

04:15


Chapter 107
Chapter 107

06:05


Chapter 108
Chapter 108

05:20


Chapter 109
Chapter 109

04:57


Chapter 110
Chapter 110

06:30


Chapter 111
Chapter 111

08:21


Chapter 112
Chapter 112

02:48


Chapter 113
Chapter 113

04:24


Chapter 114
Chapter 114

00:41


Chapter 115
Chapter 115

00:29