Billie Breslin has traveled far from her California home to take a job at Delicious!, the most iconic food magazine in New York, and, thus, the world. But Billie’s career has barely started when the publication is summarily shut down—an unseen turn of events leads her to stay behind at an interim job that she expects to be a bore. To her surprise, it turns out to be the portal to a magical, life-changing discovery.
In a hidden room in the magazine’s library, Billie finds the letters of Lulu Swan, a plucky twelve-year-old who corresponds with the legendary chef James Beard during World Ward II. Lulu’s letters provide Billie with a deeper understanding of history—and the history of food. Most important, Lulu’s courage in the face of loss inspires Billes to come to terms with her own truths—about her panic attacks, her adored big sister and her ability to open her heart to love.