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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Everything Old is New Again

I've been working - finally - on my memoir of the Gourmet days, and the other day I found myself trolling through the magazine's very first issue. Mostly it's a testament to how much things have changed. But then I came upon this..... "Food Flashes" by Clementine Paddleford “Come the last, mad midnight of 1940, when the bells are belling...

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Aromatic Project for a Rainy Afternoon

Caramel Bourbon Peaches Peel two ripe peaches by blanching them in boiling water for about 15 seconds and then running them under cold water; the skins should slip right off. Cut each one into eighths and put them into a bowl. Pour in a couple of tablespoons of good bourbon and swish them around. Put a half cup of sugar...

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Things I Love

I've been looking for one of these for a while now. I love the idea of spraying olive oil onto pans - or spraying neutral oil onto cake pans - but every time I think of using an aerosol spray, I think about the ozone layer. Besides, I like to control the quality of the oil I use. I've bought...

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