Full of wit and mouth-watering cuisines, Jessica Tom’s debut novel offers a clever insider take on the rarefied world of New York City’s dining scene in the tradition of The Devil Wears Prada meets Kitchen Confidential.
When Tia Monroe moves to New York City, she plans to put herself on the culinary map in no time. But after a coveted internship goes up in smoke, Tia’s suddenly just another young food lover in the big city.
But when Michael Saltz, a legendary New York Times restaurant critic, lets Tia in on a career-ending secret—that he’s lost his sense of taste—everything changes. Now he wants Tia to serve as his palate, ghostwriting his reviews. In return he promises her lavish meals, a bottomless cache of designer clothing, and the opportunity of a lifetime. Out of prospects and determined to make it, Tia agrees.
Within weeks, Tia’s world transforms into one of 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 her secret identity begins to crumble and the veneer of extravagance wears thin, Tia is forced to confront what it means to truly succeed—and how far she’s willing to go to get there.
“Food Whore brilliantly navigates New York’s glittering gourmonster scene, with drool-inducing cuisine, hilarious observations, and a clever story that will find its way to your stomach and heart.” - Jill Kargman, Author and Creator of Bravo's Odd Mom Out
“The Devil Wears Prada goes gourmet ... The book speeds along with enough intrigue and excitement to keep any reader hooked... the deliciously detailed food descriptions are a bonus. A fun and compulsively readable look at a woman’s journey into the underbelly of the New York food scene.” - Kirkus Reviews
"Jessica Tom’s debut novel Food Whore is an insider’s cleverly veiled exposé on the New York restaurant lifestyle. From the foie gras to the peach pear tart, each page literally drips with anticipation. Check her out today because she’s tomorrow’s hottest food writer." - Will Goldfarb, Chef/Owner Room4Dessert and Willpowder
"Once you start, you won’t be able to put Food Whore down. Jessica Tom immerses you into the electric, complex NYC food world. As a chef and writer, I relate to it on so many levels -- it’s uncanny how real the characters are." - Pichet Ong, Chef, culinary consultant, and author of The Sweet Spot: Asian-Inspired Desserts
Literary Agent: Stefanie Lieberman, Janklow & Nesbit
Film & TV Agent: Michelle Kroes & Michelle Weiner, CAA