Book Review: Delicious! A Novel by Ruth Reichl

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DeliciousDelicious! by Ruth Reichl Synopsis:
Billie Breslin has traveled far from her California home to take a job at Delicious, the most iconic food magazine in New York and, thus, the world. When the publication is summarily shut down, the colorful staff, who have become an extended family for Billie, must pick up their lives and move on. Not Billie, though. She is offered a new job: staying behind in the magazine’s deserted downtown mansion offices to uphold the “Delicious Guarantee”-a public relations hotline for complaints and recipe inquiries-until further notice. What she doesn’t know is that this boring, lonely job will be the portal to a life-changing discovery.

Delicious! carries the reader to the colorful world of downtown New York restaurateurs and artisanal purveyors, and from the lively food shop in Little Italy where Billie works on weekends to a hidden room in the magazine’s library where she discovers the letters of Lulu Swan, a plucky twelve-year-old, who wrote to the legendary chef James Beard during World War II. Lulu’s letters lead Billie to a deeper understanding of history (and the history of food), but most important, Lulu’s courage in the face of loss inspires Billie to come to terms with her own issues-the panic attacks that occur every time she even thinks about cooking, the truth about the big sister she adored, and her ability to open her heart to love.

My Review: 5 out of 5 stars. I always love a good mystery and when it’s combined with a story centered around food, it’s like a match made in heaven. I thoroughly enjoyed this book. I loved how Reichl created a story around legendary chef James Beard. It was a feel good book for me. Nothing scary. Great conversations between the characters. Food. What else could you ask for?? ;)

Pick up this book here from Amazon: Delicious! A Novel by Ruth Reichl

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Gift Guide for Men

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It's time to start shopping for ALL the men in your life! I've got Men's Fashion, Grooming, Sports, Bar items and MORE!

My husband is extremely hard to buy for. He’s the kind of guy that sees something that he wants and purchases it. I have to keep my ears open all year long at hints that he’s gives me (even though he has know clue that I call them hints) and make note of what he ends up with and what he doesn’t. It’s kind of maddening. LOL Anyways, I’ve rounded up some gifts for guys in case some of you are in the same boat! Check out my Gift Guide for Men and happy shopping!

If you have a Foodie in your life, check out my Foodie Gift Guide. Need a gift for mom or you sister or bestie? Check out my Gift Guide for Women!

1: Fossil Men’s FS4872 “Townsman” Stainless Steel Watch with Brown Leather Band
2: Nautica Men’s N16693G NCT 17 Analog Display Quartz Grey Watch
3: Fossil FS4735 Grant Brown Leather Watch
4: Aldo Men’s Saburo Fashion Sneaker
5: zeroUV® – Designer Inspired Classic Half Frame Horned Rim Wayfer Sunglasses
6: Kenneth Cole REACTION Men’s Passcase Wallet
7: iPhone 6 Wallet Case – Q Card Case for iPhone 6
8: Alternative Men’s Raglan Henley Shirt
9: Doublju Mens Check Shirt with Slim Fit
10: Extra Heavy Weight Brawny Flannel Shirt
11: Kenneth Cole Men’s Classic Barn Coat
12: Carhartt Men’s Sandstone Hooded Sherpa-Lined Multi Pocket Jacket
13: Timberland Men’s Ribbed Knit Wool Blend Glove with Touchscreen Technology
14: Bundle Monster Mens Fashion Business Solid, Woven, Stripes Necktie Tie Mixed Set
15: Whatland Men Casual Leather Canvas Shoulder Bookbag

Tools & Home Improvement
16: Stanley 94-248 65-Piece Homeowner’s Tool Kit

17: Jawbone JAMBOX Wireless Bluetooth Speaker
18: Bose SoundDock Series II 30-Pin iPod/iPhone Speaker Dock
19: Pebble Smartwatch for iPhone and Android
20: Samsung Gear 2 Neo Smartwatch
21: Fitbit Flex Wireless Activity + Sleep Wristband
22: Amazon Fire Phone
23: Google Nexus 9 Tablet
24: Zepp Golf 3D Swing Analyzer
25: Bushnell Tour V3 Jolt Standard Edition Golf Laser Rangefinder

Sports & Outdoors
26: Coleman Instant 8 Person Tent
27: Beardski Prospector Ski Mask
28: thirtytwo Men’s Prion Snowboard Boot
29: Volcom Between Snowboard Jacket
30: Columbia Men’s Bugaboo II Pant
31: New Nike Men’s Rain Runner Jacket
32: Classic Accessories StormPro Heavy Duty Boat Cover
33: Hydroslide Victory Combo Water Skis With Universal Fit Slide Bindings

34: BURBERRY Touch Gift Set
35: Billy Jealousy Beard Envy Kit
36: Baxter of California Skin 1.2.3 Kit
37: Billy Jealousy Shave3some
38: Blind Barber Watermint Gin Facial Cleanser
39: Edwin Jagger Shaving Gift Set
40: Billy Jealousy Marked IV Life Tattoo Care Kit
41: 360 Black by Perry Ellis

Home & Kitchen
42: 13 Piece Professional Bar Set
43: Football Cocktail Shaker with ‘Kickoff Tee’ Styled Stand
Contigo Autoseal West Loop Stainless Steel Travel Mug with Open-Access Lid

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Holiday Gift Guide for Women

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It's time to start shopping for ALL the women in your life! I've got Fashion, Beauty, Home & Kitchen items and MORE!

It’s time to start thinking about gifts for mom, sister, girlfriend, best friend!! I’ve got some really great gift ideas in my Holiday Gift Guide for Women including fashion, beauty, home & kitchen, sports & outdoor items! Something for all the women in your life!

1: Calvin Klein Saffiano Leather Satchel Top Handle Bag
2: Michael Kors Jet Set Top-Zip Tote
3: Michael Kors Signature Hamilton Mk Logo E/ W Satchel
4: Michael Kors East West Top Zip Tote in Signature PVC
5: Coach Peyton Signature Zip Top Tote – Mahogany & Tan
6: Coach 26184 Peyton Signature Domed Cora Satchel – Brown / Tan
7: kate spade new york Cedar Street Monday Cross-Body Handbag
8: kate spade new york Cedar Street Maise Top Handle Handbag
9: kate spade new york Cedar Street Dot Darla Wallet
10: kate spade new york Cedar Street Stacy Bifold
11: kate spade new york “Sailor’s Knot” Bangle Bracelet
12: kate spade new york “Skinny Mini” Bow Bangle Bracelet
13: Kate Spade New York Womens Idiom Bangles Solid Gold Gold One Size
14: kate spade new york “Essentials” Small Square Stud Earrings
15: kate spade new york “Finishing Touch” Black Multi-Polka Dot Bangle Bracelet
16: Kendra Scott “Signature” Elle Drop Earrings
17: Fun Daisy Vintage Jewelry Fashion Necklace
18: Ark & Co Women’s Sleeveless Fit-and-Flare Dress with Metallic Stripe Skirt
19: Ali Ro Women’s Sleeveless Deep-V Flare Dress
20: STEVEN by Steve Madden Women’s Sleekkk Dress Boot
21: Knit slouchy beanie
22: Live & Love 2 State Necklace
23: Levi’s Women’s Authentic Trucker Jacket
24: Gold Monogram Necklace
25: Foldover Clutch Purse
26: Sorel Women’s Nakiska Slide Knit Slipper
27: Del Rossa Women’s 100% Cotton Flannel Pajama Set
28: Jessica Simpson Women’s Delaine Boot
29: Sam Edelman Women’s Jacelyn Boot

30: Google Nexus 9 Tablet
31: Kindle
32: Philips ActionFit Sports Earhook Headphones
33: Bose SoundLink Color Bluetooth Speaker
34: Apple MacBook Pro
35: Brother CS6000i Feature-Rich Sewing Machine

36: BURBERRY Brit for Her Gift Set
37: LORAC The Royal Lip Lustre Creme Set
38: stila Lip Glaze Trio
39: butter LONDON The Posh Pout
40: LORAC PRO Palette
41: LORAC The Royal 3D Liquid Lustre Set
42: stila Shadow Palette
43: stila Magnificent Metals Foil Finish Eye Shadow
44: stila Stay All Day Foundation, Concealer & Brush Kit
45: theBalm Stainiac
46: JAPONESQUE Makeup Brush Cleanser
47: Jouer Blushing Beauty Palette
48: JAPONESQUE Amabilia Small Drawer Makeup Case
49: Lolita Lempicka Elle L’Aime Eau de Parfum
50: Sultra The Seductress Curl, Wave & Straight 1-Inch Iron
51: Borghese Fango Active Mud for Face and Body
52: deborah lippmann Nail Lacquer Set
53: Conair True Glow Sonic Facial Skincare System
54: EcoTools 6 Piece Day To Night Clutch Set
55: Infiniti Pro by Conair Tourmaline Ceramic Combo Styler, 1″ Curling Iron plus Curling Wand
56: Juice Beauty Organics To Go
57: Happy By Clinique For Women
58: philosophy snow angel duo
59: Earth Therapeutics® Exfoliating Body Sponge
60: Eco Tools Bath & Shower Gloves
61: Primeeffects Sweet Dreams Sleep Mask with Ear Plugs

62: Skybar Wine Chill Drops, Set of 2
63: Rachael Ray Oven Lovin’ Non-Stick 5-Piece Bakeware Set
64: De’Longhi EC155 15 BAR Pump Espresso and Cappuccino Maker
65: Keurig K75 Single-Cup Home-Brewing System with Water Filter Kit
66: Oster FPSTBW8207-S Electric Wine Bottle Opener
67: Avalon Bay 21 Bottle Dual Zone Wine Cooler
68: Coffee coozie Gray with red heart
69: Candles made out of recycled wine bottles
70: Set Of 3. Honeycomb bookcase. Recyclable Cardboard Bookcase
71: Crystal Clear Teardrop Wall Decor Bottles
72: Himmeli Hanging Planter with Cup
73: Pinnacle 11FW1443 Black 7-piece Solid Wood Wall Frame Kit
74: Corkcicle Wine Chiller
75: Teavana PerfecTea Tea Maker

76: BOGA Yoga 11′ Paddleboard
77: Hyperlite Ladies Flex Vest (Blue/Purple) Women’s Life Jacket
78: Zebco 202K/562M Ladies Pink Slingshot Spincast Fishing Rod and Reel Combo
79: K2 Bright Lite Snowboard
80: sixthreezero Women’s 26-Inch Beach Cruiser Bicycle
81: Black Diamond Swift Ski Boots
82: Dakine Women’s Split Roller Bag
83: Dakine Fall Line Double Ski Bag
84: Electric EGB2 Ski Goggles
85: Columbia Women’s Benton Springs Full-Zip Fleece Jacket
86: Nike Lady New Tempo Track Running Shorts
87: Workout Headband

88: Camera Strap
89: Leather DSLR Camera Bag
90: Kate Spade Medium Agenda
91: Eyefi 16GB Pro X2 SDHC Class 10 Wireless Flash Memory Card

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