I think before I started reading this book, I subconsciously made the decision to avoid reading anything about it. I was seeing it on the covers of book review magazines, and hearing about it from friends on Goodreads and Facebook. I knew a little bit about the premise of the story, but other than that I was pretty uninformed. Well, now I know what all the fuss was about–and I am ready to make a little noise about this title myself.
The main character in this book, Billie Breslin, reminded me a bit of characters in some of my favorite books by Aimee Bender. Billie is a smart college drop-out who isn’t afraid to speak her mind, and has a talent for taste. She can pick out flavors and ingredients in recipes, and often it seems like she just knows, has an intuition, about what flavor a recipe should convey. These things made for a charming and endearing character that was easy to fall in like with. By the end of the first chapter, I was hooked.
For a debut novel, this is a stunner. It had the feel of a book that was authored by someone who has written many previous books, which is why when I looked up Ruth Reichl’s author page on Amazon, I was not surprised at all to see she has authored many non-fiction books. This woman knows her stuff. Not only can she write, but she can write about food. And people. And love. And then she wraps it all up in a pretty book with a wonderful cover. What more could you ask for?
Profanity/Language: 7 religious exclamations; 10 mild obscenities; 2 anatomical terms.
Violence/Gore: War is mentioned several times with little detail except to mention deaths of soldiers; an individual is mentioned to have died in a car accident.
Sex/Nudity:Adults kiss several times; sex is referred to several times.
Mature Subject Matter:
War, death, personal crises.
Alcohol / Drug Use:
Drug use and drug abuse mentioned; adults drink.