Food Whore: A Novel of Dining and Deceit

Food Whore: A Novel of Dining and Deceit

by Jessica Tom

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Food Whore: A Novel of Dining and Deceit by Jessica Tom

Full of wit and mouth-watering cuisines, Jessica Tom’s debut novel offers a clever insider take on the rarefied world of New York City’s dining scene in the tradition of The Devil Wears Prada meets Kitchen Confidential.

 Food whore (n.) A person who will do anything for food.

When Tia Monroe moves to New York City, she plans to put herself on the culinary map in no time. But after a coveted internship goes up in smoke, Tia’s suddenly just another young food lover in the big city.

But when Michael Saltz, a legendary New York Times restaurant critic, lets Tia in on a career-ending secret—that he’s lost his sense of taste—everything changes. Now he wants Tia to serve as his palate, ghostwriting his reviews. In return he promises her lavish meals, a bottomless cache of designer clothing, and the opportunity of a lifetime. Out of prospects and determined to make it, Tia agrees.

Within weeks, Tia’s world transforms into one of luxury: four-star dinners, sexy celebrity chefs, and an unlimited expense account at Bergdorf Goodman. Tia loves every minute of it…until she sees her words in print and Michael Saltz taking all the credit. As her secret identity begins to crumble and the veneer of extravagance wears thin, Tia is forced to confront what it means to truly succeed—and how far she’s willing to go to get there.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780062387004
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 10/27/2015
Pages: 352
Sales rank: 510,690
Product dimensions: 5.20(w) x 7.90(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

Jessica Tom is a writer and food blogger living in Brooklyn. She has worked on initiatives with restaurants, hospitality startups, food trucks, and citywide culinary programs. She graduated from Yale University with a concentration in fiction writing and wrote the restaurant review for the Yale Daily News Magazine. Food Whore is her first novel.

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Food Whore: A Novel of Dining and Deceit 3.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
KrittersRamblings More than 1 year ago
Check out the full review at Kritters Ramblings Tia Monroe was an interesting character. A grad student and food lover she is trying to complete school and decide where she wants to go after it is over. She is trying to juggle a long term boyfriend, new room mates, school and an internship and no one can do it all, so something has to suffer, the question is which one? If you have followed this blog for any bit, you know I love a good behind the scenes book! I loved being able to see into how restaurant critics work - wouldn't mind having their jobs for a bit! I loved how we saw Tia get swept into the food industry and seeing that there are quite a lot of different jobs within this industry other than chef! I love when a book can teach me something without me even realizing it.
gaele More than 1 year ago
A debut offering from author Jessica Tom will have your mouth watering, even as you push on through the story. Luscious food descriptions, tastes and textures are easy to envision as Tia regroups after not getting an internship, THE internship with a renowned food critic turned cookbook author. But, all is not lost as she is approached with an offer, the current star critic for the Times has lost his taste buds, and she enters into the food elite, undercover and in secret. She’s unable to share this latest coup with anyone: not her roommates, her boyfriend or even her parents, even as the decisions she’s made, and the secrecy she agreed to are taking a toll. Tia’s decisions aren’t always good ones, being so focused on one goal led her into trouble more than once, and it took some time for her to realize that her deal just may have been more than she bargained for. Truly, she is growing up, adjusting her life goals and finding herself, deciding what is important and necessary to her life throughout the story, and I can honestly say that her ability to recognize and adjust to make those changes showed her in a far more positive light. New York City becomes a character, as much as the food or the moments of romance for Tia are, wholly engaging, deliciously decadent and as filling as the most perfect chocolat chaud, you’ll be satisfied and sated, finding an appropriate ending that will have you surfing the web looking for new recipes to fit the inspired and imaginative pairings and tastes experienced in the book. I received an eArc copy of the title from the publisher via Edelweiss for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.