Billie Breslin has traveled far from her home in California to take a job at Delicious!, New York’s most iconic food magazine. Away from her family, particularly her older sister, Genie, Billie feels like a fish out of water—until she is welcomed by the magazine’s colorful staff. She is also seduced by the vibrant downtown food scene, especially by Fontanari’s, the famous Italian food shop where she works on weekends. Then Delicious! is abruptly shut down, but Billie agrees to stay on in the empty office, maintaining the hotline for reader complaints in order to pay her bills.

To Billie’s surprise, the lonely job becomes the portal to a miraculous discovery. In a hidden room in the magazine’s library, Billie finds a cache of letters written during World War II by Lulu Swan, a plucky twelve-year-old, to the legendary chef James Beard... MORE

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The Caviar of the Grain Family

Dinner Last Night: Farro I've been lucky enough to have lunch at The Inn at Pound Ridge by Jean-Georges for the past couple of days. The food has been - no surprise - fantastic. Jean-Georges never stints; after a whole array of appetizers (homemade ricotta with strawberries and olive oil, asparagus with morels, pizza...) we've had fabulous halibut (yesterday's with...

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Things I Love: Bitter Sweet

Straight from Sicily Open a jar of great jam and step into an orchard. Cue sun, wind, and rain. That's what I thought when a friend brought me this jar of blood orange jam. I took one bite and found myself in Sicily, sun beating down. The jam, made by Fabrizia Lanza (she runs her mother Anna Tasca Lanza's wonderful...

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Tomorrow at Noon

We still don’t know what it costs. There are only two women among the 37 chefs. Still, it’s intriguing. The Gelinaz shuffle has some of the world’s top chefs swapping not only restaurants, but also homes, lives, and pets. One night only. July 9th. You buy a ticket, blind. Only when you show up will you find out which chef...

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