Buzz for Food Whore: A Novel of Dining & Deceit
 

NEWS OF NOTE

DreamWorks Lands Jessica Tom’s ‘Food Whore: A Novel of Dining and Deceit’ (EXCLUSIVE) Read the announcement >>>

 

 

Buzzfeed names Food Whore a Beach Must-Read See the full list here >>>

REVIEWS

Pete Wells, the actual New York Times restaurant critic, weighs in on his fictional counterpart:
"Please allow me to introduce Michael Saltz, a man of wealth and no taste. Not bad taste — no taste at all. One day he finds that he can no longer detect sour, salty, sweet and bitter. This is inconvenient because he is supposed to be the restaurant critic of The New York Times. As the person who holds that title..." Read more >>> 

"The Devil Wears Prada goes gourmet. The book speeds along with enough intrigue and excitement to keep any reader hooked. A fun and compulsively readable look at a woman's journey into the underbelly of the New York food scene." - Kirkus Reviews 

 

 

"Tom obviously knows her way around the kitchens and high-fashion stores of New York City--her writing has a knife-edged precision to it. She understands the complexity and psychology behind the creations her imaginary chefs produce, as well as the inner desires and fears women experience as they navigate the fine line between being true to themselves and projecting an air of power and sexiness to those who matter in the fine dining world. If book reviews gave out Michelin stars, Food Whore would rate three stars." - Shelf Awareness


“Tom nails the dog-eat-dog restaurant world, whipping up a remarkably entertaining debut.” - BookPage


"An endearing [main] character.... Perfect for fans of The Devil Wears Prada or any other tale of a young woman fresh to her industry getting caught up in a world she can’t control." - Library Journal

 


"This first novel ...will suck you in .... hugely entertaining for the food and fashion crowd." - AM New York
 

 

"Deft and scathing" - Yale Alumni Magazine

 

"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, bestselling author and creator/star of Bravo's Odd Mom Out

 

Food Whore is a perfectly delectable peek behind the curtain of the mysterious world of restaurants and restaurant criticism, melded seamlessly with a story that has some serious things to say about being open to the universe and finding your true self.  This book has everything a foodie fiction fan craves—a heroine to root for even in her worst decision making, bad boy chefs, some steamy romance, and descriptions of meals so amazing you’ll want to lick the page. Jessica Tom’s debut both satisfies completely, and makes you hungry for more—she’s definitely one to watch!”  
Stacey Ballis, author of Out to Lunch and Recipe for Disaster

"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 levelsit's uncanny how real the characters are."
- Pichet Ong, Chef, culinary consultant, and author of The Sweet Spot: Asian-Inspired Desserts

"Food Whore is jam-packed with playful insider jabs for those who work in food and restaurants. But anybody who loves to eat and follows famous chefs--or wants a look at the world of media and criticism--will get a kick out of this. Tom deftly captures the intrigue and often comically precious, sometimes rarefied air of fine dining. As a culinary connector and food journalist in New York City, I was delighted by Tom's spot-on observations, her likable and relatable protagonist, and best of all, a view into what it's like to hustle to the top as a young arrival to the Big Apple."

- Leiti Hsu, host, WORD OF MOUTH, Heritage Radio Network

"With Food Whore, Jessica Tom gives readers an enticing romp through New York City's culinary world. It's The Devil Wears Prada for foodies--or anyone with an appetite for delicious drama."

- Lauren Shockey, author of Four Kitchens: My Life Behind the Burner in New York, Hanoi, Tel Aviv and Paris



"A delicious indulgence from start to finish. Jessica Tom has written a gripping tale about food, passion, and ambition that will have you tearing through the pages as she thrusts you into the competitive and cutthroat world of New York's dining scene."

- Dana Bate, author of Too Many Cooks and The Girls' Guide to Love and Supper Clubs

“Mix the delicious dishing of Kitchen Confidential with The Devil Wears Prada and you’ve got Jessica Tom’s Food Whore. This delectable romp through culinary underground of New York City will appeal to anyone with a dream—and the determination to make it come true.”

- Beth Harbison, NYT bestselling author of Shoe Addicts Anonymous and Chose the Wrong Guy, Gave Him the Wrong Finger

"Tom deserves full credit for nailing the psychology of elite dining in the dark metropolis. The author has a tight grip on what we can call the “human cost” of being a restaurant critic....[and] conveys something more brave and daring than standard 'chick lit'" - PopMatters

"Think of this as The Devil Wears Prada for the fine dining industry....When [Tia] meets a respected but wizened industry insider, she virtually sells her soul for food, fashion and fame." - Audrey Magazine

"The author’s descriptions are incredibly poetic and worthy of their own (real) New York Times column.- RT Book Reviews

Favorite fall fiction. "A funny and delicious novel." - Great Thoughts

Fall Fiction to watch (among Elena Ferrante, Jonathan Franzen, Salman Rushdie, Michael Cunningham & more). - Bookish  

"Exceptional food writing...I'm completely in love with how [Jessica] writes about food." - Well-Read podcast


WRITING, EXCERPTS & PROFILES 

"This new book is 'The Devil Wears Prada' for Foodies" Read here >>>     


"This new book is 'The Devil Wears Prada' for Foodies" Read here >>> 

 

 

Inspiration and movie deal thoughts. Read here >>


Inspiration and movie deal thoughts. Read here >>

20 Counterintuitive Things that Only Happen at Restaurants. A listicle based on my experiences in the industry. Read Here >>>


20 Counterintuitive Things that Only Happen at Restaurants. A listicle based on my experiences in the industry. Read Here >>>

My hometown paper profiled me in the Life&Style section. Complete with a video, too.  Read here >>  


My hometown paper profiled me in the Life&Style section. Complete with a video, too.  Read here >>

 

Cara of Big Girls Little Kitchen and I talk home cooking over lunch in BK. Read here >>> 


Cara of Big Girls Little Kitchen and I talk home cooking over lunch in BK. Read here >>> 

"EW has an exclusive excerpt: The pivotal scene where Tia meets critic Michael Saltz." Read here >>  

"EW has an exclusive excerpt: The pivotal scene where Tia meets critic Michael Saltz." Read here >>
 

"How my 3 Biggest Professional Fails Led to My 1 Biggest Win". A personal essay. Read here >>>  and an excerpt here >>> 


"How my 3 Biggest Professional Fails Led to My 1 Biggest Win". A personal essay. Read here >>>  and an excerpt here >>> 

5 Love Lessons I Learned While Catching Online Scammers || RedbookMag.com. Read here >>

5 Love Lessons I Learned While Catching Online Scammers || RedbookMag.com. Read here >>

A lengthy interview on everything from titles to rejection to the need to create. Read here >>> 

A lengthy interview on everything from titles to rejection to the need to create. Read here >>> 

 

RT Book Reviews asks, when one kitchen door closes, does another truly open? Read the "Debut Spotlight" here >>>
My 5 favorite food books in JulieverseRead here >>>
Dinner Date Dos & Don'ts on Cupid's Pulse. Read here >>> 
WeHeartWriting catches me on a day-in-the-life. Read here >>> 


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ON THE MIC

Industry insiders Melanie Young and David Ransom get the scoop on the real-life inspirations behind Food Whore. Listen here >>>
Cathy Erway of Eat Your Words gets me talking about sex and food and the rise of foodie fiction Listen here >>>
The legendary Michael Colameco asks me about the millennial obsession with food on his Heritage Radio show, Food Talk. Listen here >>>
I chat with Matt and Case on their podcast Hustle Sold Separately. A meaty convo that gets into the nitty gritty of my ups and downs. Listen here >>>
On KJHK's Sunflower Reading Series, I read a passage and talk non-cringey sex scenes. Listen here >>>
Leiti Hsu of Heritage Radio's Word of Mouth asks me if I've ever dated a chef and then calls me out on equivocating. Listen here >>>
Doris Booth of AuthorLink interviews me about "the call", how the title came to be, and more. Listen here >>> 
Jacqueline & Ben of Love Bites on Heritage Radio chat with me about the intersection of dating and dining. Listen here >>>


WHAT READERS HAVE SAID: 

"I was sad when it was over and I hope she is planning a long career of writing novels! Jessica Tom can now count me as a loyal reader and fan!" - Sharon, Cupcakes & Cutlery

"Would it be ok to write a review that just said, “Get this book.  You wont regret it.”? I loved it that much and could have read about 20 more chapters. Yup, that good." - Courtney, Bliss Beauty and Beyond

"If you're a foodie - a homesick NYC foodie - a current/former NYU Food Studies student - or just someone appreciates the writing of an extremely talented culinary enthusiast, then you will absolutely get a kick out of this book!" - Lindsay, The Lunch Belle

"The conclusion of Food Whore was exactly the type that I enjoy the most! Things did not end up how I expected them to, but the ending that the author came up with was even better than the version that I had in my head! It was the perfect conclusion, an honour that I bestow on very few books." - Jonita, The Book Chick

"Tom seduced me with her sensual and lush descriptions of food and fashion." - Raven-Haired Girl

"Have you ever wanted to just live inside of a story? To lay on the crisp pages, wrap yourself tightly around the words, and just submerge yourself within the world? Good, we're on the same page." - Tika, Fangirl Confessions 

"Tom's food writing is perfectly succulent, and deserving of three Michelin stars, to say the least." - Davida, "Deliciously Dressed Up Deceptions", The Chocolate Lady's Book Reviews 

"When it comes to describing the gourmet eating experience Jessica Tom most definitely has it going on. I don’t know what her future plans consist of, but if she decides to go into food writing, she already has one (slightly overexcited) fan." - Cath Murphy, Book ShotsLitReactor

"An engrossing tale that you simply cannot put down" - Taryn, "How far would your love of food take you?", Phoenix Bites

"I love when a book can teach me something without me even realizing it." - Kristin, Kritters Ramblings 

"A fun debut that can (and should) be gobbled up in one sitting. You might want to have some snacks handy, though, as the food descriptions will definitely lead to cravings!" - Becky, No More Grumpy Bookseller

"One of the best foodie novels I've read in years! ... Exquisite. The way [Jess] writes about food and relationships will make you insatiably hungry for more. A great debut novel." - Erin Cataldi

"I just love books about food. Cooking is one of my favorite hobbies. I'm a Food 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!" Lola, Lamplit Reviews

"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'!" - Lydia

"Take 1 cup chick-lit. Add 3/4 cup foodie facts. Whisk in a pinch of guilty, gossipy pleasure & you've got a fun read to enjoy. I could tell Jessica Tom has a strong background in F&B, and I appreciated how she managed to display this without showboating and alienating her readers."- MsNick


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Food Whore 4/5 Stars (Out October 20, 2015) . Food Whore (n.): a person who will do anything for food. Tia Monroe has her life all mapped out. Big move to New York City, food and writing studies at NYU, major internship with her cooking idol, and eventual plans to move in with her long-time boyfriend. . . But Tia’s plans go South pretty quickly. Not only has she lost the internship, but her grad program placed her in an internship she definitely didn’t ask for. . . It’s while she’s at her new internship that she runs into famous (and feared) New York Times restaurant critic, Michael Saltz. It isn’t her first run in with him, but it’s a meeting that will change the course of Tia’s entire life. Tia learns that Saltz has lost his sense of taste, and wants her to be his palate and ghost write his reviews. . . In return, Tia gets expensive and elegant meals, designer clothes, and a ticket on the fast track to the top of her career. It isn’t long before the insecure and timid Tia is riding the high of power, and the thin line of all her secrets ruining her. . . This was a little like "The Devil Wears Prada"…in a restaurant. I am totally the audience for this type of book. I appreciated the detail and time taken to describe the food in taste, smell, texture and preparation. This isn’t about food as sustenance, it’s about the passion of food. . I found myself thoroughly entertained and engaged. Tia was a well defined character that I connected with and understood. I think anyone who is trying to figure out how to make their dreams a reality will relate to her. . . How do you know the line between being bold and taking an opportunity, or selling out and losing yourself? . (And let’s not forget that this will make you hungry. A delicious read that is especially fun for people who have a passion for food, and a passion for their career.) . . #foodwhorebook #foodwhore #jessicatom

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