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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, Tias 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 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?


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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, Tias 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 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?

30 review for Food Whore: A Novel of Dining and Deceit

  1. 5 out of 5

    Ann

    Thanks to the publisher for an advance reader's copy. Let me start by saying that the food writing is fantastic. The author is incredibly talented at describing the allure and beauty of food, and I want to start reading her blog because I'm sure it's great. But....the rest of the book, not so much. The writing isn't very good, even for a fluff book. The novel is supposed to show the seduction of New York, and how easy it is to get in over your head, but I found the pacing really off, and Tia's Thanks to the publisher for an advance reader's copy. Let me start by saying that the food writing is fantastic. The author is incredibly talented at describing the allure and beauty of food, and I want to start reading her blog because I'm sure it's great. But....the rest of the book, not so much. The writing isn't very good, even for a fluff book. The novel is supposed to show the seduction of New York, and how easy it is to get in over your head, but I found the pacing really off, and Tia's character development from innocent to conniving liar is jarring. I don't think it was the author's intention that I should keep reading because I hoped so fervently that her main character would fail in every aspect of her life, but I did. She is insufferable. If I wanted to hear endlessly repetitive justifications of bad decisions, I would go reread my journals from 2003(-2006, 2008-2010).

  2. 5 out of 5

    Jen Ryland

    A perfect read for Thanksgiving weekend. Back in the 90s, I used to read ALL the chick lit, so I'm happy that the genre is creeping back into favor. There were things I really liked about this and others I took issue with. The way the book described food had me really hungry and all I had around were some leftovers and a bag of baked Lays. However, if you've read much (any?) chick lit, you'll probably find this book pretty formulaic. You could pretty much call it The Devil Took Me to Nobu and I A perfect read for Thanksgiving weekend. Back in the 90s, I used to read ALL the chick lit, so I'm happy that the genre is creeping back into favor. There were things I really liked about this and others I took issue with. The way the book described food had me really hungry and all I had around were some leftovers and a bag of baked Lays. However, if you've read much (any?) chick lit, you'll probably find this book pretty formulaic. You could pretty much call it The Devil Took Me to Nobu and I Was Wearing Prada. Or maybe it's like a gender swapped version of The Devil Wears Prada Wasn't Andy's boyfriend a chef? I'm pretty sure he was in the movie version. In any case, Food Whore follows the pattern of The Devil Wears Prada: VERYVERY closely: a) scrappy talented twenty-something with an adorably unassuming boyfriend b) sells her soul to work for a very famous, very influential, very controlling person who c) gives her a glam fashion makeover and then proceeds to d) shamelessly manipulate and use her. d) She then starts to get sucked in by the heady new world she's moving in and e) almost loses her soul (and possibly her boyfriend) in the process, but f) finally realizes that, deep-down, she's not that kind of girl and rights herself again. So ... yeah. I could pretty much predict everything that would happen, though because of the writing and the yummy food porn, I did enjoy the ride.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Leanne

    Write about what you know... good, because the author apparently knows food. But then she also included things she is not conversant with, like fraud and graft and how to pull off extortion. If you like books about extremely shallow women and enjoy characters who make you dislike them more by the end of the book than you did at the beginning, then you're in luck. The writing about food and clothing is pretentious and the story strains credibility on almost every page.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Andrea Guy

    This book is so different when it comes to the types of stories that I usually read. The food writing is so wonderfully descriptive that you will be hungry most of the time you are reading. There will be a lot of random nibbling being done while you read this book. I wish I could say that I loved the main character, Tia Monroe, but as the book goes on, I found myself hating her, or at least strongly disliking her. The whole way that she ended up ghostwriting the column didn't make a lot of sense This book is so different when it comes to the types of stories that I usually read. The food writing is so wonderfully descriptive that you will be hungry most of the time you are reading. There will be a lot of random nibbling being done while you read this book. I wish I could say that I loved the main character, Tia Monroe, but as the book goes on, I found myself hating her, or at least strongly disliking her. The whole way that she ended up ghostwriting the column didn't make a lot of sense to me. When you read the first chapters you'll understand. If the person that took away your chance at a great internship offered you another opportunity, why would you even want to speak with them. That's what I had a seriously hard time with. I mean, she ended up with an internship as a coat check instead of with her idol. WTF. After she started ghostwriting, or ghost eating her life changes dramatically and for me, not for the better. She feels an attraction to a chef that she ends up having to review. The whole time, I wanted to shake her, especially after what she did to her college sweetheart, Elliot. I could also see how easy it would be to get swept away by promises of fabulous food and fantastic clothes, but at what expense? Michael Saltz is definitely a jerk of the worst kind, but he isn't the only jerk in this book. There's one more that Tia gets involved with that made me want to slug really hard. This was a fun book and the descriptions of the food where fantastic. It was possible to visualize some of the dishes, and you definitely wanted to taste them. I think if I could have liked Tia just a little bit more, this would have been a perfect read, but still it is a great book for people that love foodie fiction!

  5. 4 out of 5

    Olivia Lammel

    I was so excited to read a fun foodie fluff book, but this book was painful and stressful. It was difficult to root for the main character Tia Monroe because she was so silly, self-destructive and self-centered for much of the book. I found myself wanting her whole life to implode so she would stop lying to everyone and stressing me out. I was going to give it one star, but I think my degree of disappointment is proportional to my very high expectations for a fun, easy read. So two stars it is.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Melodie

    Tia Monroe is living her dream...sort of. She has a coveted spot in the one of the most celebrated post graduate Food Studies programs in the country. She is living in what is considered the Mecca of food, New York City. She has a boyfriend who loves and supports her. So why does she have this feeling that her culinary life is passing her by? After all, she has so much to contribute, why don't people see that? Why doesn't her boyfriend see that? This is a classic tale of "be careful what you Tia Monroe is living her dream...sort of. She has a coveted spot in the one of the most celebrated post graduate Food Studies programs in the country. She is living in what is considered the Mecca of food, New York City. She has a boyfriend who loves and supports her. So why does she have this feeling that her culinary life is passing her by? After all, she has so much to contribute, why don't people see that? Why doesn't her boyfriend see that? This is a classic tale of "be careful what you wish for". When Tia has the opportunity to enter the world of the culinary glitterati, albeit through the back door, she jumps in with both feet. Never mind that she is living a lie, finally, she feels like she has power! Despite the provocative title, the story line is pretty standard stuff. I presume that the author is wanting the reader to perceive Tia as a food whore. But by definition, she was just a run of the mill immature young woman seduced by the possibility of climbing her career ladder without paying her dues. I found the chefs to be the food whores. They truly did anything for their food. This was a decent read. I enjoyed the back story on the world of fine dining in NYC and Ms. Tom can certainly spin a mouth-watering web when describing dishes. Being a food blogger, that is her background. I would like to see her tackle food in nonfiction. I won a copy of this book through a Goodreads giveaway. I will be circulating my copy through my circle of reader and foodie friends.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Cheryl

    I would not call myself a "foodie" but I am open to trying new foods. However I like to live vicariously through the characters in "foodie" books. The best part about these types of books are the descriptive details about all of the yummy food. It is almost like I can taste and smell the food in the story as it is being described. Which there was not a lack of details or food in this book. Tia really does have a good talent for being a food critic. Although I grew annoyed with her lack of I would not call myself a "foodie" but I am open to trying new foods. However I like to live vicariously through the characters in "foodie" books. The best part about these types of books are the descriptive details about all of the yummy food. It is almost like I can taste and smell the food in the story as it is being described. Which there was not a lack of details or food in this book. Tia really does have a good talent for being a food critic. Although I grew annoyed with her lack of backbone. She really was a push over. Michael was a jerk and he may have been a hot shot at one point but he did not impress me. There is no surprise to the storyline as the reader will know how the story ends but it is how the story is told until the end. Which Tia did grow towards the end. I just felt that if it was not for Tia and the food that this book would have been "just alright". Yet, I have to say that this was a nice introduction to a new author and I am curious as to what the author has in store next. I would be willing to give this author another chance.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Gaele

    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. Shes unable to share 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.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Hikari Loftus

    As a big foodie and wannabe chef, books like this always catch my interest. While I had a few issues with the writing style, in the end, that really didn't matter to me. If a book is for entertainment, then I was thoroughly entertained. This isn't about food for sustenance, this is about food as passion. I particularly enjoyed every single detail on the food and its preparation. I thought Tia was a well developed character that I connected with and understood. This was a fun read for me. It even As a big foodie and wannabe chef, books like this always catch my interest. While I had a few issues with the writing style, in the end, that really didn't matter to me. If a book is for entertainment, then I was thoroughly entertained. This isn't about food for sustenance, this is about food as passion. I particularly enjoyed every single detail on the food and its preparation. I thought Tia was a well developed character that I connected with and understood. This was a fun read for me. It even surprised me when I thought I had it figured out. I think anyone who is trying to figure out how to make their dreams a reality will relate to Tia. How do you know the line between being bold and taking an opportunity, and selling out and losing yourself? And it will make you hungry. Delicious read that is especially fun for people who have a passion for food or even just passion for their career.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Meg

    Jessica Toms Food Whore is fast-paced, light and entertaining everything I love in good chick lit. Comparisons to a foodie version of The Devil Wears Prada are pretty spot-on, but I liked Tias persistence and willingness to step out to reach her goals. Even if that meant getting stepped on. As a narrator, Tia could be frustrating, though. Shes frequently gullible, though I cant pretend I would know better. The plot line with her college sweetheart was a little irritating, given dude was as Jessica Tom’s Food Whore is fast-paced, light and entertaining — everything I love in good chick lit. Comparisons to a foodie version of The Devil Wears Prada are pretty spot-on, but I liked Tia’s persistence and willingness to step out to reach her goals. Even if that meant getting stepped on. As a narrator, Tia could be frustrating, though. She’s frequently gullible, though I can’t pretend I would know better. The plot line with her college sweetheart was a little irritating, given dude was as interesting as plain vanilla ice cream (let him go, lady), but I liked the push-and-pull Jessica Tom established in Tia’s conscience: settle for the old, or strive for the new? Though Tia is our main squeeze, Michael Saltz — and his creepiness — seep between every crack in the story. He presents himself as Tia’s savior, a one-man ticket to a better life, but I had the sense he was all bluster from the beginning. We know his intentions aren’t romantic (he’s gay), but his obsession with Tia as the one remaining tether to his lifestyle and prestige is . . . unsettling, to say the least. Food Whore moves quickly — so fast I finished it in a few days, which is a record for this new mama who rarely reads more than a few pages at a clip. It often kept me up past my bedtime, and I found myself thinking about Tia and her madcap adventures throughout the day. Fans of women’s fiction, tantalizing food descriptions, New York settings and speedy reads will enjoy Food Whore. I really liked slipping into Tia’s stylish shoes for this adventure through New York’s culinary culture — and I would return in a heartbeat.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Erin Cataldi

    One of the best foodie novels I've read in years! Tia Monroe moved to New York to go to one of the best food studies graduate programs. Her greatest passion in life is writing about food and all she has dreamed about is landing an internship with Helen Laskey, the greatest cookbook author and foodie in New York. Things take a turn though when she doesn't land her chosen internship and is approached by a New York Times food critic who want to do nothing more than exploit her. Backed into a corner One of the best foodie novels I've read in years! Tia Monroe moved to New York to go to one of the best food studies graduate programs. Her greatest passion in life is writing about food and all she has dreamed about is landing an internship with Helen Laskey, the greatest cookbook author and foodie in New York. Things take a turn though when she doesn't land her chosen internship and is approached by a New York Times food critic who want to do nothing more than exploit her. Backed into a corner and hoping that this unorthodox arrangement will get her closer to the Helen Laskey internship, she agrees to write and taste for the food critic who has recently lost his taste buds. It obviously has to remain anonymous, both their reputations are on the line, but she is dying to tell someone; her boyfriend, her roommate, her co-workers. The secrets keep adding up and she isn't sure how much longer she can keep leading a double life. Is writing about food worth it? Is she going about it the wrong way? Exquisite. The way she writes about food and relationships will make you insatiably hungry for more. A great debut novel. I received this book for free from Library Thing in return for my honest, unbiased opinion.

  12. 5 out of 5

    LeeAnne

    The author, Jessica Tom, used to be a food critic for Yale Daily News. The main character in the book, Tia Monroe, is also a critic who has aspirations of being a food writer. Tia, a student at NYU in the food program, is working towards an internship with her favorite cookbook author. Instead, she ends up meeting Michael Saltz, NY Times food critic and her course gets altered. Michael talks her into being his ghostwriter and this snowballs into Tia being blackmailed and having to lie to The author, Jessica Tom, used to be a food critic for Yale Daily News. The main character in the book, Tia Monroe, is also a critic who has aspirations of being a food writer. Tia, a student at NYU in the food program, is working towards an internship with her favorite cookbook author. Instead, she ends up meeting Michael Saltz, NY Times food critic and her course gets altered. Michael talks her into being his ghostwriter and this snowballs into Tia being blackmailed and having to lie to everyone. In return for Tia writing his articles for him he’s giving her access to all the best restaurants as well as an account at a fancy clothing store. I really enjoy the way the author describes every portion of the meals that Tia is consuming. The detail is on point, she manages to describe every flavor, texture, and spice without going overboard. This is a great story about Tia’s growth and the realization that dreams change. It’s phenomenally written and I really enjoyed it!

  13. 5 out of 5

    Kara Jay

    I received this book through Goodreads Giveaways. I love food. I love eating, looking at, photographing, smelling, and cooking food. So that part of this book obviously appealed to me on a very real level. The descriptions of the food inspired me and honestly made me want to eat and cook all day. I literally want to quit my job and go explore the New York restaurant scene right now. Food Whore drew me in and I was always hungry (haha, I'm hilarious) for what would happen next. Many of the foodie I received this book through Goodreads Giveaways. I love food. I love eating, looking at, photographing, smelling, and cooking food. So that part of this book obviously appealed to me on a very real level. The descriptions of the food inspired me and honestly made me want to eat and cook all day. I literally want to quit my job and go explore the New York restaurant scene right now. Food Whore drew me in and I was always hungry (haha, I'm hilarious) for what would happen next. Many of the foodie novels I've read get lost in describing the food, but Jessica Tom did it in a way that complimented her characters and her fascinating story. I'm recommending this for my book clubs next book!

  14. 4 out of 5

    Lindsey

    Perfect for a food lover. You can tell the author knows her food and the descriptions had my mouth watering. This books makes me want to become an undercover food critic and have people afraid of me walking into their restaurant. Im a food and NYC lover and this was the perfect book for me. Perfect for a food lover. You can tell the author knows her food and the descriptions had my mouth watering. This books makes me want to become an undercover food critic and have people afraid of me walking into their restaurant. I’m a food and NYC lover and this was the perfect book for me.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Victoria Colotta

    It is time for everyone to enter the entertaining, duplicitous, and positively delicious world of Food Whore crafted by debut author Jessica Tom. With every book that I get, the ones that thrill and scare me the most are those by a first-time author. Knowing that the author has made a leap and put their work out there for all to judge is something that I dont take lightly. We all deserve to give each book a chance to shine and so, I present to you Food Whore. Tia Monroe has a plan. She is in New It is time for everyone to enter the entertaining, duplicitous, and positively delicious world of Food Whore crafted by debut author Jessica Tom. With every book that I get, the ones that thrill and scare me the most are those by a first-time author. Knowing that the author has made a leap and put their work out there for all to judge is something that I don’t take lightly. We all deserve to give each book a chance to shine and so, I present to you Food Whore. Tia Monroe has a plan. She is in New York City, one of the food capitals of the world, and is studying at NYU to get her graduate degree in food studies. Her world is centered around getting her dream internship with Helen Lanksy. Until she meets Michael Saltz, a legendary New York Times restaurant critic, and he puts a wrench in her plans. Somehow after her meeting with the acclaimed food critic, Tia is given an internship to a restaurant in coat check. Shocked, she she must accept the assignment because there is nothing that the Dean or anyone else can do. Then one night, Michael shows up at her work with questions and later with a proposition. He is offering her an opportunity that few could ever dream of, but it comes with a price. Lies. As the story continues the reader will follow Tia’s journey down a dubious path while they are opened up to the complete culinary world of New York City. But the question remains, will Tia get everything that she wants and has desired for so long? I will be honest with you all, it took me about five chapters to really get into the book, but after that I devoured the pages like one of the delicious dishes described by the author. There are a cast of characters that come in and out, but few are truly more than ways to propel Tia’s story forward. In truth, the author is giving us a book that chronicles decisions and consequences of those actions. As we see what Tia does, it proposes the question to the reader…what would you do? By giving the main character the choice to eat the apple or walk away, the reader is given that same choice in a way. We can sit and judge the character or accept that she did what she did for a reason and maybe we would do the same. Now, with all that being said, I have to send a little love to the character of Michael Saltz. He is the most intriguing to me. He develops into a man that is sinister in the way that Disney villains are. He manipulates, lies, and bends situations to his own advantage. He essentially is the devil on Tia’s shoulder and I love it! It is the interactions between Tia and Michael that show the author’s ability to develop characters that are flawed, yet on some level relatable. Next to the characters, there is another star of this book. The Food. The author truly shines in her descriptions of the food and the back-door dealings in the restaurant world. Her ability to bring a plate of food alive through her words is a gift. I warn you all now, do not read this book hungry! Foodies take note. Jessica Tom is an exciting new voice in fiction that has offered up a mouthwatering debut novel. Personally, I cannot wait to dig into her next book. - See more at: http://artbookscoffee.com/bookshelf/b...

  16. 5 out of 5

    Deb

    A new grad student in NYU's food studies program, Tia is aiming for a coveted internship with a famed and beloved cookbook author. However, she doesn't get a chance to impress Helen Lansky (who I kept picturing as Ruth Reichl in my head) with a container of her labor-intensive Dacqouise Drops, "a creation born of love" for her grandfather, because her path crosses with current New York Times food critic Michael Saltz. Saltz is notorious and altogether slimy, but he offers Tia a tempting A new grad student in NYU's food studies program, Tia is aiming for a coveted internship with a famed and beloved cookbook author. However, she doesn't get a chance to impress Helen Lansky (who I kept picturing as Ruth Reichl in my head) with a container of her labor-intensive Dacqouise Drops, "a creation born of love" for her grandfather, because her path crosses with current New York Times food critic Michael Saltz. Saltz is notorious and altogether slimy, but he offers Tia a tempting proposition of ghostwriting his reviews. Of course when something sounds too good to be true, it almost always is, which is something Tia is not unaware of when she makes her deal with the devil, but the offer would tempt the strongest of characters. It's the chance to eat at the best and trendiest restaurants in NYC for free, an expense account at Bergdorfs with unending designer clothes and accessories, and seeing her thoughts and words in print. But, since Tia is keeping the secret of a famed food critic who can no longer taste what he is eating, no one can learn she is behind the reviews and soon keeping secrets and balancing her life becomes impossible. From the start it is pretty clear that things will not end well and Tia's life becomes like a train wreck that you just can't look away from. I did find it hard to drum up a ton of sympathy for Tia as she isn't the most likable person through most of the book. Yes, she is young at 22, and that is the time we are *supposed to* (and often do) make our worst decisions, but it bugged me that Tia made virtually everything about herself and her wants and needs. This meant her family, relationships, friends, and co-workers become a bit like road kill on her fast track to success, fame and everything she wants. Tia does have some growth during the book, but I did want to smack her much of the time. Although I didn't love Tia, I adored the food. The food descriptions are what pulled me into Food Whore and kept me going when my frustrations with Tia ran high. If you have a love for fine dining, fashion, New York City, and learning behind-the-scenes secrets of restaurants and food critics, you can't help but be caught up in this book. Author Jessica Tom is a passionate foodie and has a strong culinary background (including reviewing restaurants for Yale University) and that comes through in her writing. The food leaps off the page--so vividly that I could picture each dish she described--and almost smell and taste them too. Food Whore is a fun insider's peek at a fascinating world and reads like you are dishing with your most in-the-know foodie friend over a cocktail at the newest hot spot. There is romance, drama, intrigue, and plenty of glamour and glamorous food--just don't read it on an empty stomach! You can see my review accompanied by a recipe inspired by the book on my Kahakai Kitchen blog post here: http://kahakaikitchen.blogspot.com/20... Note: A review copy of "Food Whore" was provided to me by the publisher and TLC Book Tours in return for a fair and honest review. I was not compensated for this review and as always my thoughts and opinions are my own.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Tina

    Food Whore by Jessica Tom is an interesting concept for foodie book. Its a story about Tia Monroe and her goal of becoming a food writer in New York City. She and her college boyfriend move to NYC to pursue their individual dreams. Tia wants to be in the food industry while her boyfriend Elliott is involved with environmental studies. They support each other emotionally but dont have a deep knowledge or passion regarding each others life work. This book is packed with descriptions of meals and Food Whore by Jessica Tom is an interesting concept for foodie book. It’s a story about Tia Monroe and her goal of becoming a food writer in New York City. She and her college boyfriend move to NYC to pursue their individual dreams. Tia wants to be in the food industry while her boyfriend Elliott is involved with environmental studies. They support each other emotionally but don’t have a deep knowledge or passion regarding each other’s life work. This book is packed with descriptions of meals and foods. It’s also heavily laced with brand names in the fashion industry as Tia becomes a shopper at Bergdorf Goodman. For Tia this is a story about growing up as well as the dashing and simultaneous realization of her dreams. She has some great experiences and even greater embarrassments. When Tia sets her sights on an internship with famed cookbook writer Helen Lansky she is sidelined by a famous restaurant critic, Michael Saltz. He shares a secret with Tia, one that could end his career – he has lost his sense of taste. Everything tastes like cardboard to Saltz so he needs Tia to eat at restaurants with him and describe the taste and textures of the food. She is more than annoyed that Saltz hijacked her internship with Helen Lansky but what is offered has its appeal. She will have unlimited shopping resources with an account at Bergdorf Goodman, the opportunity to learn from Michael Saltz and seemingly endless dining experiences at 4 star restaurants in NYC. Once she agrees to this her life changes dramatically. Her boyfriend Elliott was never glamorous but the newly styled Tia with designer clothes and fabulous experiences looks at him with less lust than she did before. Tia is also meeting well known chefs. One in particular is quite sexy, pursuing and flirting with her; Tia is beginning to believe the designer clothes and lavish life style will be a part of her life from then on. She is also dealing with seeing her words, describing the nuances of an elaborate meal, printed I the New York Times under Michael Saltz’ name. Will she ever get a byline, a credit or a jump start to a new career in the food writing industry? Since I don’t want to give spoilers I can’t vent on about certain characters that displayed despicable behavior. I will say that I liked Tia less by the end of the book than I did at the beginning. Food Whore is appropriately titled and while it spun a good tale, Tia Monroe isn’t someone I would ever be friends with. I would read more by this author unless it was a follow up to Tia’s story line. The writing is descriptive and rich. The food references and descriptions are out of this world. Very vivid.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Wendy

    Food Whore is a trip into the world of food writing and restaurants in New York City. Celebrity chefs, critics stars to be won and lost, ingredient-of-moment dishes and lots of intrigue. Tia Monroe comes to the city with her boyfriend, both graduates of Yale beginning Masters programs at NYU. Tia's dream is to become a food writer and she has her heart set on an internship with her idol, Helen Lansky, a former restaurant critic for the NY Times and best-selling cookbook author. Her internship Food Whore is a trip into the world of food writing and restaurants in New York City. Celebrity chefs, critics stars to be won and lost, ingredient-of-moment dishes and lots of intrigue. Tia Monroe comes to the city with her boyfriend, both graduates of Yale beginning Masters programs at NYU. Tia's dream is to become a food writer and she has her heart set on an internship with her idol, Helen Lansky, a former restaurant critic for the NY Times and best-selling cookbook author. Her internship assignment at the coat check of a 4-star restaurant comes as a shock. In desperation, she latches onto a possible back-door into Helen's world, offered by the current Times restaurant critic, a rather dubious man who may not have Tia's best interests at heart. For those who are put off by the title, I did not think that it was a particularly racy book. I enjoy watching Top Chef and The Next Iron Chef on TV and love to try to imagine how the food tastes. I also have particularly enjoyed reading the memoirs of Ruth Reichl and have just discovered the writer that inspired Ruth, M.F.K. Fisher. I am pretty sure that the character of Helen Lansky is based on Ms. Reichl. I enjoyed the book although I was not always happy with Tia's choices and some small parts of the story were hard to believe. The book had a very authentic feel that reveals Jessica Tom's knowledge of this world. Overall. a good read! (Review based on complimentary Advance Reader copy.)

  19. 4 out of 5

    Phil Williams

    I love to eat. Anyone who has ever invited me to dinner or seen me with my shirt off can attest to that. I love food. Eating it, cooking it, the entire foodie culture. In Food Whore, Jessica Tom tells the tale of Tia Monroe, a grad student trying to get into the food industry, when she meets the food critic for the New York Times who has lost his ability to taste. The critic proposes she can taste the food for him, help him write the reviews and in exchange she can use his unlimited expense I love to eat. Anyone who has ever invited me to dinner or seen me with my shirt off can attest to that. I love food. Eating it, cooking it, the entire foodie culture. In Food Whore, Jessica Tom tells the tale of Tia Monroe, a grad student trying to get into the food industry, when she meets the food critic for the New York Times who has lost his ability to taste. The critic proposes she can taste the food for him, help him write the reviews and in exchange she can use his unlimited expense account for designer clothes, hob-knob with the 4-star dining elite and get to eat this great food. It seems like an amazing opportunity at first, until she realizes how powerful her words are (restaurants can rise and fall with a single review) and the credit she is not receiving for them. Jessica Tom has an amazing gift in describing this food her characters are eating and although I have no idea what some of these dishes are, she makes them sound like the most glorious foods a person could experience. I can't blame Tia Monroe for what she did, selling herself for food. Hell, we all do it in one way or another, working a job we hate just so we can eat. Everyone is a whore for something, why not for food?

  20. 5 out of 5

    Lola (Reading by Lamplight)

    I just love books about food. Cooking is one of my favorite hobbies. I'm a Foot Network/Cooking Channel junkie. One of my other favorite hobbies? Reading. Reading food themed books is the best of both worlds! Tom does a great job of integrating a lot of food verbiage in Food Whore. The descriptions of food alone was enough to make my mouth water! I also liked the incorporation of fashion. It's true...the food scene isn't just about food...fashion certainly has it ranks among foodies as well as I just love books about food. Cooking is one of my favorite hobbies. I'm a Foot Network/Cooking Channel junkie. One of my other favorite hobbies? Reading. Reading food themed books is the best of both worlds! Tom does a great job of integrating a lot of food verbiage in Food Whore. The descriptions of food alone was enough to make my mouth water! I also liked the incorporation of fashion. It's true...the food scene isn't just about food...fashion certainly has it ranks among foodies as well as food entertainment. The main character Tia is likable at first. Then enter a slew of terrible decisions, some definitely more obvious than others. It was enough to make me want scream at her through the pages. Alas, Tia has some redeeming qualities that places her back in my "like" category. Overall, this is a tale of finding yourself through trial and error. Believe me, Tia goes through a lot in order to truly find herself. I loved the New York setting, it was very appropriate for a foodie scene. Romance does highlight the story, but isn't overwhelming and doesn't take over the plot. Ultimately, this was a fun read that made my stomach grumble! Thanks to William Morrow Paperbacks for this copy. Published October 27th 2015 This is my honest review.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Kari

    I'm not a big foodie. I mean I like to eat, but I don't go crazy over food. But, I thought I would give Food Whore a try. A "food whore" is defined as person who will do anything for food. But after reading this book, I'm not sure that description fits the main character. I think that is why I had a hard time connecting with this book. Tia really bothered me. Now, I know she is young, but I really didn't like her. I didn't like how she treated her boyfriend or her friends. She wasn't someone who I'm not a big foodie. I mean I like to eat, but I don't go crazy over food. But, I thought I would give Food Whore a try. A "food whore" is defined as person who will do anything for food. But after reading this book, I'm not sure that description fits the main character. I think that is why I had a hard time connecting with this book. Tia really bothered me. Now, I know she is young, but I really didn't like her. I didn't like how she treated her boyfriend or her friends. She wasn't someone who would do anything for food. She would do anything for clothes, money and fame. She let herself get caught up in the clothes and connections. I kind of lost respect for her early on. I didn't completely buy into her not really catching on to what Michael was doing to her. In the end, I think she got off kind of a bit too lightly. I'm probably in the minority with this one. For me it was just OK.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Georgina Whalen

    My only regret is beginning this book Friday on the train home. I was immediately sucked in and when my friend asked me to come out later that evening I some unconvincing excuse as to why I could not. Because I wanted to stay in to read Food Whore. This book has everything you could imagine and more importantly, everything you would want. Food (the imagery brought to mind made me ashamed of the previous "food journalism" I had submitted), high fashion, romance and all set in the perfect city - none My only regret is beginning this book Friday on the train home. I was immediately sucked in and when my friend asked me to come out later that evening I some unconvincing excuse as to why I could not. Because I wanted to stay in to read Food Whore. This book has everything you could imagine and more importantly, everything you would want. Food (the imagery brought to mind made me ashamed of the previous "food journalism" I had submitted), high fashion, romance and all set in the perfect city - none other than New York. I was sad to turn to that last page but I do encourage you to take a read to be inspired in one or all of the following ways; to begin cooking again, to begin cooking with a bit more adventure, to step it up a notch when dressing, to begin that project that has been lingering in the back of your mind, the book, whatever it may be. But read this book, the words in this review could never do it justice.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Alexandra

    I feel like this book was written for people who call themselves "foodies." I didn't like it. I was so excited to finally read this because the description of the book sounds so interesting and the author has experience writing about food and I guess in the restaurant industry as well. But the description of the plot was a lot more interesting than the actual story. It was boring. I didn't like any of the characters and they didn't seem like real people. This was one of the main reasons I didn't I feel like this book was written for people who call themselves "foodies." I didn't like it. I was so excited to finally read this because the description of the book sounds so interesting and the author has experience writing about food and I guess in the restaurant industry as well. But the description of the plot was a lot more interesting than the actual story. It was boring. I didn't like any of the characters and they didn't seem like real people. This was one of the main reasons I didn't like the book. I didn't like the characters from the start of the book and I found myself hoping for the worst for all of them. The only reason I gave a 2 star rating is because the descriptions of the foods mentioned were so well written. But it ends there. I couldn't find anything else I liked. Maybe I'm being too harsh, but I just didn't enjoy this.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Melissa

    I haven't really read many novels about food, but I loved this! The book is written from the point of view of a girl named Tia, who just started graduate school in New York City. Food and writing about food are her passions, so she has her mind set on getting an internship where she can work beside her idol. When that doesn't work out, Tia agrees to work with a very well known food critic as his ghost writer. The author did a wonderful job showing Tia's transition of being a normal grad student, I haven't really read many novels about food, but I loved this! The book is written from the point of view of a girl named Tia, who just started graduate school in New York City. Food and writing about food are her passions, so she has her mind set on getting an internship where she can work beside her idol. When that doesn't work out, Tia agrees to work with a very well known food critic as his ghost writer. The author did a wonderful job showing Tia's transition of being a normal grad student, to becoming a confident New Yorker, to realizing who she truly is. Yeah, she made some bad decisions sometimes, but don't we all? Also, the descriptions of various foods were done in way where you could actually imagine the look, feel and taste of the dishes. Overall, I loved this book and would gladly recommend it to others. --I received a free copy of this book in a Goodreads giveaway--

  25. 4 out of 5

    Don Gorman

    (2). I was looking for something different. I had gotten burned by a couple of books lately and was looking for fun, something light, lively and entertaining. Being a mild foodie and a big fan of New York, the review in the NY Times of this one caught my eye and I picked it up at the library. For the first 100 pages or so it hit the spot, just what I was looking for! Then, it happened.......I hit the chick lit wall! So much drama, so much shopping, so much estrogen, it was all too much. The (2). I was looking for something different. I had gotten burned by a couple of books lately and was looking for fun, something light, lively and entertaining. Being a mild foodie and a big fan of New York, the review in the NY Times of this one caught my eye and I picked it up at the library. For the first 100 pages or so it hit the spot, just what I was looking for! Then, it happened.......I hit the chick lit wall! So much drama, so much shopping, so much estrogen, it was all too much. The climax (so to speak) was reasonable but the ending was a little too weak. Fans of Sex and the City will like this one.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Lydia

    I debated about whether to rate this a 4 or 5 star. I;m feeling generous, so 5 stars it is. This book may look a little dirty, but it had surprisingly few sex scenes, in my opinion. I am fascinated by the food industry in big cities. This book centers on a woman who is making her way through the ranks as a food critic. The crazy combinations and descriptions were delectable and I enjoyed the drama that occurred. This is a wonderful read, and I was reminded of how much I adore the word I debated about whether to rate this a 4 or 5 star. I;m feeling generous, so 5 stars it is. This book may look a little dirty, but it had surprisingly few sex scenes, in my opinion. I am fascinated by the food industry in big cities. This book centers on a woman who is making her way through the ranks as a food critic. The crazy combinations and descriptions were delectable and I enjoyed the drama that occurred. This is a wonderful read, and I was reminded of how much I adore the word "toothsome"!

  27. 4 out of 5

    Diana

    Very enjoyable read. Getting ahead in the restaurant business is definitely not a piece of cake. A well-known food critic uses her for his own glory when unable to taste food for himself. He offers her dinners at fine restaurants, an unlimited clothing allowance plus a generous personal allowance to basically pick her brains on the taste of the dinners. Interesting story with a few twists and turns including other restaurant employees and chefs. All in all - a good read. This book came from Very enjoyable read. Getting ahead in the restaurant business is definitely not a piece of cake. A well-known food critic uses her for his own glory when unable to taste food for himself. He offers her dinners at fine restaurants, an unlimited clothing allowance plus a generous personal allowance to basically pick her brains on the taste of the dinners. Interesting story with a few twists and turns including other restaurant employees and chefs. All in all - a good read. This book came from Goodreads

  28. 4 out of 5

    Diana Santoso

    Read this in one sitting! Surprisingly good even though it doesn't immediately catch me in the first few pages. I never read a novel with this kinda premise so it's kinda a fresh air to me. I keep thinking of what'll unfold next and how the ending would be, because this could end in glory, if the author wants to. I'm looking forward to the author's next books!

  29. 5 out of 5

    Davida Chazan

    If you're looking for a romp through New York's high-powered world of culinary excellence, with some sidelines into the sphere of high fashion, combined with intrigue and topped with some steam from both inside and out of the kitchen, this is the book for you. Read why in my review here. https://tcl-bookreviews.com/2015/10/0...

  30. 4 out of 5

    Kim Holsapple

    Just finished it last nite! What a great book. I have never read a foodie novel before but I really enjoyed it! Loved all the characters and the plot of the story. I won this through a Goodreads giveaway!

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