A girl lands her dream job at a food magazine

Delicious by Ruth Reichl

Scrumptious food descriptions are what you’d expect from food writer (and former editor of Gourmet magazine) Ruth Reichl, and you get them by the platterful  in this charming debut novel. Billie Breslin bakes luscious gingerbread and, with the recipe (readers get it too!), lands a job at Delicious!, a celebrated food magazine. There, she uncovers a trove of Second World War letters from a young girl to famed chef James Beard. The letters capture Billie’s imagination and send her on a journey to discover just who the enterprising young writer was. While the subplots overwhelm at times, food lovers will delight in this delectable fare.

Delicious!, Ruth Reichl, $32.