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Wednesday, November 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:
Any book revolving around food, I'm down for reading. I'm a huge foodie. When Tia and her boyfriend move tp NY for an internship, Tia just knows everything will work out, but after the internship falls flat, she's left to come up with a plan B. Now usually when something sounds too good to be true, it usually is. Michael Saltz, acclaimed food critic has lost his sense of taste. Micheal offers Tia an offer she can't refuse. All she has to do is write Michael's articles and he'll open up a world to her that she never could imagine. I really liked this book. The characters were developed and the way Jessica Tom described the food made me run to the kitchen, it was that good. I really thought that I would like Tia more and more as the book went on, but she just didn't grow on me. If you're a food lover, read this book. 


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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.