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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Covers III

Thanks everybody, for your comments on Comfort me with Apples. I have to admit that when I started reading comments on Amazon like, "I wouldn't want my children to know this woman," I was taken aback. But then the sixties, seventies, pre-Aids world was a very different place. On to Garlic and Sapphires, which has been my most popular book....

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A Book and its Cover, Part II

Comfort Me With Apples This is the book that's sold least-well of anything I've written. I've always wondered if it was because of the contents, which some people find risque, or because nobody's nailed the cover, in any language. Original hardcover. Current paperback Korean version Dutch version Australian version Spanish version Portuguese version

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Judging a Book by its Cover

Been thinking a lot about book jackets lately, as we tried to decide what the cover for my new cookbook, My Kitchen Year; 136 Recipes That Saved My Life should look like. (The book will be out at the end of September.) That sent me to my bookshelf, to the place where I store some of the foreign translations of...

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