Food Whore by Jessica Tom

Food Whore

Photo Credit: William Morrow 10/27

This book was sent to Traveling With T for review consideration.

Food Whore

Summary from Goodreads:

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

Fresh out of college, Tia Monroe has every intention of taking the New York City restaurant scene by storm. But after a coveted internship goes up in smoke, Tia’s suddenly just another food lover in the big city.

Yet everything changes when Michael Saltz, a legendary New York Times restaurant critic, lets Tia in on a career-ending secret: he’s lost his sense of taste. Now he wants Tia to serve as his palate, ghostwriting his reviews. In return he promises her lavish meals, a boundless cache of designer clothing, and the opportunity of a lifetime. With nothing to lose and everything to gain, Tia agrees.

Within weeks, Tia’s world transforms into one of glamour and 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 the veneer of extravagance wears thin and her secret identity begins to crumble, Tia is faced with what it means to truly succeed. In a city where “making it” is the ultimate goal, Tia will have to decide: how far is she willing to go for the life she craves?

 

Traveling With T’s Thoughts:

Confession: I’m not a real “foodie”. I like food. I can talk about flavors and I can usually pick interesting tastes/spices out. I love a simple home cooked meal and I enjoy dancing on the wilder (for me) side of sushi.

But, I’m not a foodie.

Or I’m not a New Yorker foodie.

Jessica Tom blew my mind with some of the descriptions of the food in FOOD WHORE.

The story of Tia- felt like a foodie version of THE DEVIL WEARS PRADA- with Tia being the foodie version of Andi and Michael being the male version of Miranda Priestly. This is not a bad comparison by any means- although some might disagree.

Tia’s character is interesting. You can tell she grapples with the idea of Michale using her and yet- the allure of her words in the NYT, the outfits, the glamour- well, it’s all very seductive.

The world of food is seductive. Remember that folks.

Tia is like a young, food innocent. She’s had a taste of fame and she knows what she wants- but all paths (or all paths that she can see are denied to her). When Michael shows up- it’s like he’s dangling the “job a million girls want!” in front of her and she jumps in. With both feet. HARD. Tia learns lessons- and ultimately how she begins to take control of her own destiny is inspiring.

If you loved A DEVIL WEARS PRADA, I suggest FOOD WHORE. While not the same, they do have some similarities.

Bottom line; I enjoyed FOOD WHORE. I would like to see this book made into a movie!

 

*Traveling With T was sent a copy of this book for review consideration. All thoughts and opinions are mine alone.*

Happy Reading and Bookishly Yours,

T @ Traveling With T

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