Brooklyn author to discuss debut foodie novel in DUMBO

Brooklyn BookBeat

October 26, 2015 Brooklyn Daily Eagle
Brooklyn Author Jessica Tom will discuss her new book at the powerHouse Arena on Nov. 2. Photo by Liz Clayman
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The powerHouse Arena will host Brooklyn author Jessica Tom to discuss her debut novel “Food Whore: A Novel of Dining and Deceit” (on-sale Oct. 27, William Morrow Paperbacks) on Nov. 2.

Food Whore has all the ingredients of a tasty read: an amazing design (Jessica is a former creative director who spearheaded her own cover) and an even better story full of food, fashion and some (very big) fibs — all set in the Big Apple.

The book is a sophisticated, food-focused page-turner — inspired by the author’s own colorful experience in the restaurant industry, including her undergrad role as the lead reviewer for the Yale Daily News Magazine. In Jessica’s book, New York Times restaurant critic Michael Saltz loses his sense of taste, and burgeoning food writer Tia Monroe is offered a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity: to serve as his palate, ghostwriting his reviews in exchange for lavish meals and a boundless cache of designer clothing. What could possibly go wrong?

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Within weeks, Tia’s world transforms into one of glamour and 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 the veneer of extravagance wears thin and her secret identity begins to crumble, Tia is faced with what it means to truly succeed. 

If you’ve ever found yourself craving dishes like buttermilk parmesan flan and berry walnut strudel with thyme-rice gelato or yearning for designer looks straight out of Vogue — then this is the book for you. 

With restaurants modeled after real-life New York City hot-spots, steamy scenes in and out of the kitchen and a generous serving of serious retail therapy, “Food Whore” appeals to anyone who’s ever had a dream and the appetite to get there. It’s the embodiment of that quintessential New York City question: how far are you willing to go to get the life you crave? 

Jessica Tom is a writer and food blogger living in Brooklyn.  She has worked on initiatives with restaurants, hospitality startups, food trucks and citywide culinary programs. Jessica attended Yale University and graduated with a concentration in fiction writing, studying three years under Amy Bloom. She brings a wide variety of food experience to her writing.

The powerHouse event will be in conversation with Leiti Hsu, and will take place at 7 p.m., 37 Main St. in DUMBO.

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