Title: A Second Bite at the Apple
Author: Dana Bate
Publication Date: November 25, 2014
Number of Pages: 336
How I Got It: NetGalley
From the acclaimed author of The Girls’ Guide to Love and Supper Clubs comes a witty, honest novel, perfectly seasoned with both humor and heart, about daring to bite into the life you really want…
Sydney Strauss is obsessed with food. Not with eating it—though she does that too—but with writing about the wonders of the gastronomic world, from obscure fruit hybrids to organic farming techniques. Since food journalism jobs are more coveted than Cronuts®, Sydney pays her bills working for one of TV’s biggest egomaniacs—until she’s left scrambling for shifts at a local farmers’ market. Stacking muffins for the Wild Yeast Bakery isn’t going to win her any James Beard awards. But soon Sydney is writing the market’s weekly newsletter, and her quirky stories gain attention from a prominent food columnist. After years of putting her love life into deep freeze, she’s even dating again. And then Sydney gets a shot at the story, one that could either make her career or burn it to a crisp—along with her relationship and her reputation…
I've always been drawn to "foodie fiction" and I absolutely loved A Second Bite at the Apple. Sydney is relatable in that she is a young woman trying to follow her dreams, but tricky career moves and failed relationships keep her from focusing on what she really wants. Like singers scrabbling to make ends meet with waitstaff jobs in bars they wish they were playing in , Sydney is writing newsletters for the farmer's market she is working at. When an opportunity for her big break comes along she has to decide if it is really worth it, knowing the fallout will negatively affect so many people in her life.