When Belle Lee, a vivacious, tart-tongued daughter of Mobile, Alabama, decides that the only way she'll ever make a name for herself as a journalist is to leave the family paper and head to New York,she soon realizes just how daunting life in the big city can be. An outsider desperate to carve a place for herself in the cutthroat world of New York journalism, Belle marches all over town in her kitten heels and her single Chloé suit to hand-deliver résumés and smiles, and to beg for a job from the indifferent or downright hostile office drones.
She refuses to give up. With heroic persistence,a wicked sense of humor and a taste for the gourmet, Belle sees what it takes to become a New Yorker. She flirts with a gorgeous young man on the subway, only to learn later that he's stolen her purse; braves the judgmental stares of her neighbors; goes on a series of hilariously disastrous dates and then, finally, she catches her big break: a job as a production assistant at a conservative twenty-four-hour news network.
Belle throws herself into her work, sure that her talents will be noticed. All the while, she suffers the sexually suggestive commentary of one of the station's better-known male anchors, doggedly fetches scripts and pulls footage in the wee hours of the morning while working the midnight shift. Belle even maintains her Southern charm, baking cakes for her coworkers and befriending the office security guard.
Things start to look up when Paige Beaumont, the channel's star female news anchor, takes Belle under her wing. Paige shows Belle the ropes, dispenses career advice, includes her in the office gossip and also sets her up on dates at restaurants where, before, Belle had only dreamed of one day being inside. But when Belle uncovers the truth behind an illegal network deal that may jeopardize the election of female presidential candidate Jessica Clayton, she realizes that intelligent and ambitious women need to stick together -- and she has no choice but to take matters into her own hands.
With thirty recipes for everything from Bribe-Your-Coworkers Pound Cake to Single-Girl Sustenance and how to make the perfect Manhattan -- all told in the delightful and plucky voice of a determined and saucy young woman -- Belle in the Big Apple is about finding love in the most unlikely places, following your dreams and staying true to yourself.
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About the Author
She and her chef husband, James Briscione, have been featured in The Knot and The Nest magazines as the “Newlywed Culinary Dream Team” (Oct-Dec issue, 09’). They currently teach couples cooking classes at New York City’s Institute of Culinary Education and at the artist’s studio, Studio B, in Alys Beach, Florida. Together, Brooke and James pen a couples cooking column for MyScoop Media.
Brooke, James and their 9 month-old daughter, Parker Lee, currently live and cook in Manhattan’s West Village.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
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Fantastic book! Love the story, recipes, everything. I bought one for myself and have bought four more for friends.
Brooke Parkhurst gives us Belle Lee, 25 and straight out of Alabama, who is off to New York to make it as a big time journalist. Her Grandfather¿s newspaper at home would afford her a column of her own, but Belle wants to try her hand at the big city lights! Full of Southern spunk, she sets off to tackle the town, resume in hand, only to find that getting a job isn¿t as easy as she thought it would be. Belle learns all about New York the hard way from awful dating experiences to having her purse snatched. She finally lands a job at a very conservative 24-hour news network and thinks she is on her way. However, Belle finds that she is a ¿go-fer¿ used to find footage reporters want late at night, take scripts to those who need them, and do anything to keep her job, including putting up with some obnoxious people. Belle finally thinks she gets a break when Paige Beaumont, one of the station¿s star newscasters takes her on as her protégé. Paige shows her around and gives her a glimpse of the ¿in crowd¿ at certain restaurants and shares office gossip with her. Sadly, Belle is being taken for a ride and gets involved with some illegal political dealings and has to decide whose side she is on and what to do with the information she has. In a light and charming book, Parkhurst also gives us the bonus of lots of yummy recipes to try, making them in the book, of course, Belle¿s recipes. Readers will enjoy finding out how Belle deals with the corrupt ¿Yankees¿ and also what happens to her career and love life in this New York setting, pretty predictable, but really enjoyable, story. Submitted by Karen Haney, September, 2008
This book is for adult girls. A southern girl makes good in New York. Belle is safe and secure in Mobile, Alabama but wants more. She moves to the city with the help of her grandfather and gets a job with a news channel where not everyone is as friendly as she thinks. In fact they are out to get her. Belle does has a few awful, I mean, awful dates!! Terrible!! Southern recipes are included in the book are quite good, thank you! A good book to take on the plane and will give you some laughs! Do not read when hungry!