Book Review: The Food Critic’s Wife by Elizabeth LaBan

I’m not sure why I picked this book, but it was definitely a departure from my usual reading fare for me. Surprised that I wasn’t reading a thriller I ascertained that the book was about a family the patriarch of which is a food critic, who takes his job rather (too) seriously. Going to paranoid extremes to hide his identity in the pursuit of an authentic experience at the restaurants he reviews.

His long suffering wife has moved and dramatically changed her lifestyle, leaving behind friends and family, keeping new acquaintances at a distance should they have any ties to the culinary world. This is quite an undertaking as she has a three year old and is due to give birth any day now.

My beef with this read is that nothing actually happens, there are no twists and turns and ultimately it’s a glimpse into the life of, well, a foods critic’s wife. The book is definitely well written and easy to read, but I found my attention wandering through lack of action.

This contemporary fiction book is the sort of book that appeals if you have an interest in food, food critics and raising a family. If kids and preparation of food are your bag then I wager you will find this an enjoyable read, but for me it was just a smidge over unremarkable.

Links To Book:
Amazon UK
Amazon US
Goodreads

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