Food Whore Blog Tour + ARC Review - A Book never tasted this good



Food Whore | Jessica Tom
Release Date: October 27, 2015
Publisher: Harpercollins
Pages: 352
Purchase: Amazon | Barnes & Noble
Source: TLC Book Tours
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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?

I received a review copy courtesy of the author/publisher. This does not affect my opinion or views regarding the book whatsoever.

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REVIEW

If Only This Book Was Edible
I would gobble up it's delicious writing, delicious characters, delicious EVERYTHING.

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Have you ever wanted to just live inside of a story? To lay on the crisp pages, wrap yourself tightly around the words, and just submerge yourself within the world? Good, we're on the same page. When it comes to this book, I not only wanted to lose myself in the bustling city of NYC, but I wanted to experience life alongside our vibrant main character. I wanted to feel my taste buds tingling as I sampled the cuisine, feel the adrenaline rush of being surrounded by the one thing I love the most. & if sushi and bacon, two of my favorite foods could be used as an indication of how much I loved this book, then well . . . surely you'd all get my point.

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

Oh Jessica, you know me so well.

Taking one peek at my bio would clearly show you that I love me some food. When I'm feeling posh, I like to wrap a faux fur around my neck, swish some wine around in a spiderman glass, and tell people I'm a " food connoisseur. " It works obviously. Or I just simply tell people I'm a wannabe foodie, which is sooo not a lie people. In this title Food Whore, I got the chance to live out my food lover dreams. It was everything I could ever ask for- engaging storyline, quirky characters, mouthwatering descriptions of cuisine, ins and outs of the fine dining scene, the author clearly left nothing to be desired.

Sashaying around NYC taking the food scene by storm, was 22 year old Tia Monroe. As a graduate student enrolled in NYU's masters program in Food Studies, we follow our main character as she sets out to land an internship with her idol, Helen Lansky, a former New York Times best-selling cookbook author. Of course sometimes life can be a big sour pickle, so when her dream suddenly crumbles like a piece of coffee cake, she finds herself starting from the bottom, tangling herself in a messy web of angel hair pasta, meeting some eccentric characters along the way.

Yall like how I did that huh?

Some people write. Others may cook. And some like Ms.Monroe, are compelled to do both: tell a story through food.

After Tia's internship opportunity with Helen bombs, she is given the opportunity of a lifetime from Michael Saltz, the legendary New York Times restaurant critic. She immediately goes from the bottom of the totem-pole, to mingling with celebrity chef's, rocking designer labels, basically living a life she always pictured she would. In return for her life of luxury, she must not only keep the career-ending secret that Michael no longer has a sense of taste, but she must also serve as his ghost-writer, composing all of his reviews. Michael was bad news from the start, reminding me of a piece of rotten salmon, but when life hands you lemons, you grab those suckers and make lemonade . . . right?

The herring was paired with a curried goat cheese curd with blueberry jam. The duck breast arrived sliced like sashimi, with a smear of fresh American Horseradish.

If there was one thing that I enjoyed the most, (besides the characters of course) it would be the authenticity of this novel. With Jessica Tom being a writer/food blogger from NY, everything in the story seemed real. It never felt as if I were reading fiction, more so a memoir about the life of a young food lover, complete with shots of lies and deceit to keep us readers thoroughly entertained. The writing, especially the food descriptions, were so rich they jumped at you, heightening your senses completely. From beginning to end I was lost in the tomato sauce, deep in a trance I never wanted to be awoken from. Food Whore showed up and out, proving to be an exceptionally solid debut title. Complete with realistic characters, mesmerizing writing, and a captivating plot with twists that made me hungry for pretzels, I highly recommend this to all readers and food lovers alike!

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Check out a few of my favorite pics from Jessica's Instagram. The lady knows her shit guys. 
Drools.

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