Delicious by Ruth Reichl
When people ask for book recommendations, this is one of the first titles that pops into my head. It’s one of those rare books that combines so many of my favorite things into a single story. The publishing world, good food, travel, World War ll history, family businesses, and a host of characters spanning all ages and backgrounds. Characters that don’t remind me of anyone else I’ve read, characters I want to have over for dinner. You’ll fall in love with them too, and find yourself seeing the things around you in a different light, especially your spice cabinet. And isn’t that what the best writing does? Makes us look around with a newfound appreciation, or with an extra spoonful of understanding. Read it, Reichl won’t disappoint you.
This may be one of the most powerfully written novels of World War ll historical fiction I’ve read. Often with multiple storylines, I struggle with preferring one to the other, rushing through one character to get back to the other. But in this, I was equally invested in both Werner and Marie-Laure. Writing from the perspective of a blindness added a whole new dimension of awareness and detail. He tells the story of World War ll where the world itself felt very dark and strange but in a whole nother way for someone whose world had always been dark and foreign. Doerr was able to take the blindness of a single child and shed more light on what those years were like in France than any other writer.