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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An Uncomplicated Version of Paella

This isn't really a paella that anyone in Valencia would recognize as real, but it certainly made a festive Sunday night dinner. The tumble of flavors - saffron, chorizo, pimentos - with that wonderfully fat and slightly chewy rice is absolutely irresistible. And although this is a protein-heavy meal, if you eliminate the shrimp, it's not all that expensive. Next...

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The Excess Express Zooms into New York

It's been a wonderful couple of days in America. Obamacare is safe. People can marry the partners of their choice. And our president can sing! It seemed like a great time to celebrate. And how better to do that than with food? My odyssey started with a drink at the Library at the NoMad hotel - surely one of the...

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So Rare

The first time I encountered celtuce I was thrilled and amazed. But these days it's less exciting to see celtuce on a menu - many Chinese restaurants now source this Asian stem lettuce year-round. During its short local season (late spring- early summer), Stone Barns, Blanca, and Eleven Madison Park all succumb to it’s singularly refreshing snap. Celtuce has been...

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