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Sunday, October 11, 2015

Review: Food Whore by Jessica Tom


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FOOD WHORE
A Novel of Dining and Deceit
Jessica Tom
Releasing Oct 27th, 2015
William Morrow


Full of wit and mouth-watering cuisines, Jessica Tom’s debut novel offers a clever insider take on the rarefied world of New York City’s dining scene in the tradition of The Devil Wears Prada meets Kitchen Confidential.

Food whore (n.) A person who will do anything for food.

When Tia Monroe moves to New York City, she plans to put herself on the culinary map in no time. But after a coveted internship goes up in smoke, Tia’s suddenly just another young food lover in the big city.

But when Michael Saltz, a legendary New York Times restaurant critic, lets Tia in on a career-ending secret—that he’s lost his sense of taste—everything changes. Now he wants Tia to serve as his palate, ghostwriting his reviews. In return he promises her lavish meals, a bottomless cache of designer clothing, and the opportunity of a lifetime. Out of prospects and determined to make it, Tia agrees.

Within weeks, Tia’s world transforms into one of luxury: four-star dinners, sexy celebrity chefs, and an unlimited expense account at Bergdorf Goodman. Tia loves every minute of it…until she sees her words in print and Michael Saltz taking all the credit. As her secret identity begins to crumble and the veneer of extravagance wears thin, Tia is forced to confront what it means to truly succeed—and how far she’s willing to go to get there.

My Thoughts:
 As a foodie, I loved this book. Was I the only one who was constantly hungry while reading the very vivid descriptions of these elaborate meals? No? Great. Tia and her boyfriend move to NY so she can pursue her dreams of becoming a food critic. After her internship goes awry, it's back to the drawing board. Tia meets legendary restaurant critic Michael Saltz and he offers a deal that's too good to be true, and just like they saying goes, if it's too good to be true, it usually comes at a price. Michael lost his sense of taste and makes a deal with Tia that if she becomes his "taste buds" so to speak, and writes the articles, he'll give her everything a girl could want. Fancy dining out options and an expense account at Bergdorfs. I loved Tia and I love the progression that her character made. This book was about passion and food. The writing style was great and there was plenty of laugh out loud moments. All-in-all, a great read. 

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Jessica Tom is a writer and food blogger living in Brooklyn.  She has worked on initiatives with restaurants, hospitality startups, food trucks, and citywide culinary programs. Jessica attended Yale University and graduated with a concentration in fiction writing, studying three years under Amy Bloom. She brings a wide variety of food experience to her writing.