Ruth Reichl

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Narrated By: Julia Whelan

Duration: 12 hours and 59 minutes

What to expect

Dear Mr Beard,

I sent my Magic Moments off yesterday, and that made me think of you.

I hope the cookies will remind Father of our life here. Or maybe I should say what life used to be, before the war changed everything . . .

Hidden in the library of Delicious! magazine young intern Billie discovers the wartime letters of twelve-year-old Lulu Swan, written to distinguished food writer, James Beard. Lulu’s can-do spirit in the face of food shortages and other hardships help Billie come to terms with her own tragic past. Until one day it occurs to her: Lulu Swan might still be alive...


Modern & contemporary fiction, Romance

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Reichl’s vivid descriptions of food will have readers salivating, and an insider’s look at life at a food magazine is fascinating. Her satisfying coming-of-age novel of love and loss vividly demonstrates the power of food to connect people across cultures and generations

Library Journal

A delightful mix of mystery, romance and mouthwatering food

Good Housekeeping

Rich characterization, a bright New York setting, transcendent discussions of taste and food


Irresistibly fun