This is another story I probably wouldn’t have read if a friend hadn’t loaned it to me. I hadn’t read any of Ruth Reichl books but after reading Delicious I picked up another one today.
A young woman, Billie Breslin, flee’s her home and family in California for a fresh start in New York with a food magazine. The sometimes zany staff at the magazine embrace her and she starts on a journey that includes finding a hidden room in the old mansion the magazine owns.
In the hidden room are letters written to a renowned chef during World War II. They hold a wealth of knowledge on what people ate during the time of rations along with a vivid picture of how families surveyed this beyond difficult time.
The letters, written by a twelve year old girl, inspire Billie to come to terms with her own fears and allows her to open her heart to love.
This novel paints a vivid word picture of rich friendships, family love, and courage in a beautiful, refreshing and well written voice.