Ruth Reichl Publishing Fiction Novel, 'Delicious!'

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Her debut novel will be released May 2014
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The former Gourmet editor dips her hand in fiction.

Looks like Ruth Reichl will join the ranks of Anthony Bourdain in the chef-writer arena and publish not one, but three novels with Random House, The New York Times reports.

According to a press release, the first novel, titled Delicious!, will feature "a young woman who discovers a cache of secret letters written by a girl during World War II and, inspired by them, finally comes to terms with her own family’s tragedy." While there doesn't seem to be any mention of food in the bleak synopsis, we're sure the title is an allusion to some form of cooking.

Reichl, who was named editor-at-large for Random House in 2010, already had three books on her docket when the partnership was announced. Delicious!, as well as The Tao of Ruth (a reportedly Anthony Bourdain-inspired cookbook), as well as a memoir of Reichl's tenure at Gourmet.

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As for this foray into fiction, it's natural that Reichl is a "born storyteller," Susan Kamil, Random House publisher, said in a statement. "I’m addicted to fiction, and I’ve always wanted to write a novel," Reichl said in a statement. So dining critic, cookbook author, television personality, and fiction writer? That woman wears many hats (literally and figuratively).