The Restaurant Critic's Wife
Lila Soto has a master’s degree that’s gathering dust, a work-obsessed husband, two kids, and lots of questions about how exactly she ended up here.
In their new city of Philadelphia, Lila’s husband, Sam, takes his job as a restaurant critic a little too seriously. To protect his professional credibility, he’s determined to remain anonymous. Soon his preoccupation with...more
The one thing I strongly dislike about this book is Sam, the restaurant critic. And if he bares any resemblance to the author's husband (also a restaurant critic), I'm not a fan of him either.
"My mom basically took off," he finally said.
"She had some issues with being a wife and mother."
I'm sorry, that does not appease my contempt for him. He is self-centered and obsessed with his work. And blames his wife, Lila, when anything goes wrong. And of course it's Lila that has to ...more
The book is the story of a young mother who is married to the city's most well known restaurant critic (dream job!) Not only does this mean their lives are constantly a balance of food and family, but it also means that the way they live their public lives is watched by those within the food community. As Sam, the husband, works his way through the restaurants, Lila goes about raising ...more
(ARC Kindly provided by publisher in exchange for an honest review)
Food critics are usually very enigmatic characters. We've seen them being portrayed in movies and books as temperamental and even eccentric people who are totally obsessed with food and fresh ingredients. I'm a bit of a foodie myself, so any time I come across a story that has any type of culinary aspects, I'm naturally drawn to it. The Restaurant Critic's Wife was a lovely read. I enjoyed reading the ...more
I start reading every book full of hope that I'm just about to discover the next gem for my bookshelf. Unfortunately, in the course of reading this novel, I was ...more
Elizabeth LaBan delivers a witty and modern contemporary look at today’s domestic dual working career couples; parenting, their choice of friends, identity, and how sometimes careers can jeopardize our social, professional, and family life—life can be a major collision course. The bad with the ...more
Sigh. I don't think I've ever been this disappointed by such a well-written book.
On a technical level, The Restaurant Critic's Wife is nearly flawless. Ms. LaBan's style flows nicely and her descriptions, while a bit heavy-handed at times, are effective. She even does a good job at piecing various elements of the story together. Unfortunately, though, there isn't much of a story for her to work ...more
Unfortunately there is no Denis Leary character to tell these two characters about themselves like there was in the movie, "The Ref."
Seriously though, there were parts of this book that were very good, but the main protagonist (Lila) is a martyr and just insufferable at times along with her husband (Sam) who gives a new meaning to the word self-absorbed.
I should be rooting for the character of Lila. A young ...more
Sam annoyed the life out of me, if I could of threw ...more
The restaurant critic’s wife was a sumptuous read flavored with comedy, suspense, drama, indecision and of course, good food.
The book was, in a way, much like a well prepared four course meal. Right from the look and feel of the cover art to the depths of emotional yet funny drama, each chapter felt like peeling a different layer, keeping the taste buds alive.
The restaurant critic’s wife is ...more
Lila is a high-powered executive for a large hotel chain. She specializes in crisis management and public relations, traveling the globe and solving problems with aplomb. After ...more
Title: The Restaurant Critic's Wife
Publisher: Lake Union Publishing
Reviewed By: Arlena Dean
"The Restaurant Critic's Wife" by Elizabeth LaBan
I liked the cover design very tasteful for this story that this author gives the readers. This novel gives the reader a little bit of it all from humor, to motherhood, marriage, to some restaurant reviews, wonderful culinary skills to some interesting foods. This author gives the reader a intriguing story of her life [Lila] ...more
I read this book on an overnight flight, and if I hadn't been reading it then, I doubt I would have finished it. I picked the book out because I love food, eating and restaurants and thought it might be a nice change of pace. However, I have several problems with this book: the restaurant reviewing, the marriage, and the main character's own crisis of identity.
Apparently the author's husband really is a food critic in ...more
into the main character's life.
One day,as I have often written myself,I woke up n a strange state with a strange man
and a strange baby!
Yes,all those pre internet ,cell phone years ago I was home alone every day with
an infant. I had married and become a mother in my mid 30's. So for the first time
in my life I was all alone without my peer group for eight plus hours a day.
I clearly identified on some levels(not ...more
Sam Soto is a restaurant critic for the Philadelphia Herald and takes his job very seriously. He has been known to root around in dumpsters, in search of the whole truth about the restaurant he is reviewing. Sam's wife Lila, along with their daughter Hazel, are just mere window dressing when consuming half of the menu during a review tasting. Although Sam tries to stay anonymous ...more
Lila's life as The Restaurant Critic's Wife is perfect on paper. She's married to a man who brings his work home in the form of meals from the restaurants he's reviewing. When her mom is in town they take her to a lovely restaurant on the newspaper's tab. She and her husband have a beautiful little girl and a sweet baby boy.
There is a lot more to life than what can be seen on the surface. This is what LaBan creates in her delicious novel about ...more
His long suffering wife has moved and dramatically changed her lifestyle, leaving behind friends and ...more
I adore any novel related to food, about food, or with references to food. I anticipated this novel presenting a male version of Ruth Reichl and I delved into it over Thanksgiving break.
While I wanted to like the narrator, Lila, I became more and more annoyed and totally unsympathetic to her position. Lila once held a high powered corporate job in the hotel industry. She marries a wanna-be food critic (but initially just a reporter). Sam, ...more
The book is about Lila, an executive turned mother of two who is living in a new city with her slightly paranoid restaurant critic husband. She's struggling to adjust ...more
This was a quick read that was just ok. Nothing much happens in the book, the characters aren't particularly compelling and Sam is a self centered jerk, That said, it was still an interesting glimpse into the life of a restaurant critic it's just that there could have been more.
This is a story that starts on a low simmer and stays there. While the protagonist has some revelations, I wouldn't say there's amazing growth and development. The end also feels hastily written. This is solid mind candy, if that's what you're looking for.
This book exceeded my expectations. It was about so many topics: marriage, motherhood, work and friendships. The main character Lila was relatable and the storyline was unpredictable, and at times frustrating, humorous and delightful. A perfect read for summer or any time of the year!