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  • Sophie Jobin

Review: Food Whore

Updated: Mar 10, 2021

Second book of 2019: Food Whore by Jessica Tom ๐Ÿ‘ฉ๐Ÿผโ€๐ŸŒพ๐Ÿ„


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


You know you love food when it's all you think about all day, wanna talk about, and you read the latest food critiques dreaming of the food you wish you could eat but can't afford. When the opportunity arises for Tia Monroe, she's hesitant but she eventually takes the bait. Her love for food is beyond anything that she will do you-name-it to get a free meal, even at the most high end restaurants.

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Life Doesn't Always Go As Planned

Tia Monroe, a student at NYU's master's program in Food Studies, had her heart set out on an internship with her idol Helen Lansky. Helen worked for the Times as a food critique and has written many memoirs and cookbooks. But to her surprise someone gets in her way.


That someone was Michael Saltz, the current New York Times restaurant critic. He was New Yorks most feared person: the man who had the power to make or break a restaurant in town. He lived in anonymity as a critic, yet he was attending a NYU reception party full of graduate students? He picked her out of the crowd, but it's no coincidence.


Deciding What Success Looks Like To You

Jessica Tom, writes a fascinating story of a master's student, turned secret New York Times restaurant critic protรฉgรฉ. She writes about how our desire to be someone in life can cloud our judgment. As a young adult we can be manipulated by outside factors, such as money, high-end clothing, gourmet meals, all for the sake of ease. But doing so might come with a price when it doesn't benefit you, and it only benefits others. Tia had her life turned upside down by Michael Saltz, because he had a secret, and he was using her to save his own career. But at what cost to her? You'll have to read it to find out.


The plot twist was a very well written, with some sizzling smoke show scene to keep you going, it was all hard to resist. Very well written, makes me wish I could write like that.


I recommend this book if you are looking for a light, fun and easy read. Crushed it in a couple weeks. Thanks to hurricane Dorian for getting me started.

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