New Fiction Friday: Food Whore

IMG_0523I seem to be reading a lot of books about food lately. I just finished reading Food Whore, which I really liked. I read it right after reading Kitchens of the Great Midwest, which I loved. Both centered around strong female characters, Tia, the Food Whore, was a budding food writer and restaurant critic in NYC. Eva was a foodie, venturing out on her own – creating the most sought after reservation anywhere in the midwest.  I think that’s really where the similarities end, with their youth, and shared loved of food. Jessica Tom is the woman behind this book, and there’s a lot of her in Tia. Both are Yale graduates, and both have serious foodie cred.

9780062387004_p0_v2_s192x300After graduating from Yale, where she had focused on food writing – even contributing to the school’s newspaper, and gaining even more experience working on a food/restaurant blog, she moves to NYC. There, she enters an NYU food program, working on a graduate degree.  In her first semester there, she has a new apartment, new roommates, and a new internship. Her internship is at one of the hottest restaurants in the city. It’s new and exciting, and gives her a taste of the cutthroat restaurant world of the city.

It’s not exactly the internship she wanted, and not the one she applied for. She has to tough it out though – otherwise she might have to leave her grad program. With her work there, and schoolwork, she doesn’t have much time leftover for one of her other loves – writing. Her dream job is working for the NYT, and would love to be mentored by the Times’ head food writer, Helen Lansky. It’s this desire to work with her that introduces her to Michael Saltz, who is Lansky’s assistant.

This is when the story gets really good. It involves blackmail, deceit, a little seduction, and she ultimately loses touch with the person she was when she first got to New York. She still loves food, but with her work with Saltz, she’s drawn into a scandal that could possibly jeopardize everything.

I really liked the story – though it didn’t really compare to Kitchens.  After reading Kitchens, I was wishing there had been recipes in the book – of some of the food that had been mentioned. In Food Whore, I wasn’t exactly thinking the same thing – the restaurants she worked at and visited in NY served trendy, concept food, that didn’t really sound that good.  It was still a good read – though didn’t provoke the same cravings that Kitchens did.

Enjoy, and happy reading!

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