I’m sure you’ve heard the term “food porn.” Mouthwatering photos of food, designed to get you craving the pictured delicacy immediately, no matter how unobtainable. The part of Instagram that isn’t cats and selfies.
Delicious!, Ruth Reichl’s first fiction work, is food erotica. Now, there is a great story here, a little mystery, a little romance, a little history. The descriptions of food, however, are the real stars of this book. When Reichl describes a chocolatier tempering chocolate, and the taste of it – like rain, or the desert – you find yourself fanning your face and reading passages aloud to friends. When she describes a visit to a family owned deli, you can almost smell and taste everything along with the character. Reichl is so good at immersing you in the sights, tastes, and smells that when you take a break from reading it takes a minute to remember that you are not, in fact, in a kitchen in New York. She is a well-known food writer, and I have to say after reading this I’m tempted to pick up some of her non-fiction to see if it is equally marvelous.
Reichl loves her subject matter – New York, cooking, food – and this is so evident, and so beautiful to read. The writing is gorgeous. Do yourself a favour, and pick this up – just make sure you’ve got a glass of wine and something delicious to eat while you’re reading.