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THE RESTAURANT CRITIC’S WIFE: Good Storytelling ~Elizabeth LaBan

“Compulsively readable and richly detailed, a guilt-free treat that will have you devouring every word.” (Cover) JENNIFER WEINER – #1 New York Times bestselling author.

As I started to read THE RESTAURANT CRITIC’S WIFE I thought several times that I was reading a Jennifer Weiner story and truly enjoying this cozy read of an e-book.  When I got to the final scene and moved to acknowledgements I was pleased to discover that Elizabeth LaBan knows Weiner and that they had discussed this book in progress and ideas were shared.  Then I saw the front cover of the book and there was Weiner’s quote, which I agree wholehearted with its assessment.  A delicious read with no weight gain.

Lila is a regular kind of gal, who got pregnant and decided to get married to her fellow – a journalist who loves to cook and enjoy food.  They start out life together in New Orleans and Lila is a travelling staff member of a large hotel chain who does crisis intervention.  Sam, the journalist gets a new job as the food critic for the newspaper in Philadelphia and because Lila is expecting child #2 they decide she will not work as they transition into a new community, job, and arrival of a new baby.  Lila loves her children but is feeling troubled being out of the workforce and by needing to stay invisible to keep her spouse’s identify a secret from restaurants he will be reviewing.  This is very hard because Lila’s friend from school lives nearby and has small children and her husband owns a new restaurant in town.  The neighbors cannot be befriended if they own a restaurant either.  Lila endures loneliness and restlessness until she starts doing some “on the phone” crisis intervention work for her old work situation.  The local gossip columnist gets ahold of her picture and reports on her activities and now the tension begins with full force as the couple works on their relationship, happiness seems elusive and Lila keeps being exposed and Sam’s work is jeopardized.   What is a young mother to do?  How does she find her place in a new city and with a new baby and nurture her children?

The food reviews are a fabulous part of the storytelling and oh my the descriptions of the restaurants and the food they are eating – well yummy, enticing and so funny without all the calories.  It was simply a wonderful read and I curled up with a cuppa and enjoyed page after page.  I was happy she found a babysitter who could help her and she found a true friend along the way.   Cozy enjoyable read.

TLC Book Tours sent me a copy of this book and they have a whole list of folks reviewing this book and sharing it with readers.  No spit up on my shoulder any more, been there – done that, and still a good read and remembering making those career choices; I did not have that much humor in those days!

“Elizabeth LaBan lives in Philadelphia with her restaurant critic husband and two children.  She is also the author of The Tragedy Paper, which has been translated into eleven languages, and The Grandparents Handbook, which has been translated into seven languages.”  (Cover)

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8 Responses to “THE RESTAURANT CRITIC’S WIFE: Good Storytelling ~Elizabeth LaBan”

  1. sara Says:

    Wow. This sounds like a great book to give my eldest. She’d love it. Or even my hubby. As a chef, he’d probably enjoy it even more.

    It’s nice to be back and read your interesting reviews. You do a good job with them.

    I especially liked this line: ” The food reviews are a fabulous part of the storytelling and oh my the descriptions of the restaurants and the food they are eating – well yummy, enticing and so funny without all the calories.”

    Yeah, Patricia!!!!

    Patricia Reply:

    sara, nice to find you back and thank you for your kind words. I really enjoyed this book and how a young mother figures out her place after a busy and successful career. Some good humor found here.
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  2. Hilary Says:

    Hi Patricia .. sounds interesting to read and learn about the restaurant trade. Also about the American way of restaurants etc etc …

    I hadn’t thought about the fact critics couldn’t be friends with other restaurant owners … difficult –

    Thanks – interesting book to read about – cheers Hilary
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    Patricia Reply:

    Hilary,
    Nice to find you here and I did so enjoy this book, it is quite interesting about how the critics life is and how this critic handled the situations. It is very east coast USA West Coast not so formal or secretive about reviews
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  3. Sam Juliano Says:

    Well, we are foodies in this house, so such a book would be quite captivating. Wonderfully written piece here Patricia!
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  4. Heather J @ TLC Book Tours Says:

    Delicious food without the calories is my favorite kind! Too bad we can’t taste what we’re reading about …

    Thanks for being a part of the tour.

    Patricia Reply:

    Was a very fun read and I enjoyed it very much. Very interesting how main character found her spot to shine around 2 babies and husband’s career
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  5. Patricia Says:

    Sam
    Thank you so much for your very kind words and definitely and interesting book and no calories!
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