Book 8: Sustainable Santa Has a Book Suggestion for Every Conscientious Eater on Your Holiday List


Delicious! By Ruth Reichl

During long winter nights, Santa loves to immerse himself in a deftly-plotted novel full of vivid characters. He also enjoys evocative writing about his favorite topic—food.

He all but wolfed down Delicious!, the bestselling debut novel by Ruth Reichl, the author of popular food-related memoirs and the former editor of Gourmet magazine. Santa views Ruth’s novel as a “foodie” (Santa hates the term) twist on a genre made popular by Lauren Weisberger’s The Devil Wears Prada, but with sauce-stained aprons instead of designer clothes. It’s the story about the trials of a young woman who comes to New York to work at a quirky food magazine. No one writes about food as well as Ruth, and few authors tell as good a story.

Wee Barry Estabrook, who worked for Ruth for several years, wanted to make sure that Santa told readers that he has no hard feelings about being the real life model for Richard, the creative director character in Delicious!, who the narrator describes as “the most attractive man I’d ever met. His olive skin, emerald eyes, and chiseled cheekbones gave him the languid, unshaven arrogance of a model . . .”

For fiction lovers and food lovers and lovers of Ruth’s memoirs—especially those who might be looking forward to some relaxing beach time in the not-too-distant future.

There are still a couple of books in Santa’s sack. He’ll be back tomorrow.

Delicious! A Novel, By Ruth Reichl, $27.00.

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