The food blog conceit is already a popular one (as in Julie and Julia), but what makes this fictional food blogger character unique is that she isn’t a foodie like Julie Powell, nor is she on a quest for fame. Instead, Rachel doesn’t have a clue about artisanal olive oils, nor does she long to make the perfect Boeuf Bourguignon; she merely wants to learn how to cook for herself, something she never knew how to do in her old life. Food plays an enticing role in what is, at its heart, a story about finding your voice, saying what you want, and, ultimately, getting where you want to be.
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