Critical Eating

A delightful tale of Lila Soto, highly successful Hotelier and now mummy to two kids, and her husband Sam, a well-renowned yet secretive food critic. His obsession for secrecyovershadows every aspect of Lila’s life, forbidding her to make friends if they have restaurant connections and preventing her from working so as to keep a low-profile in their new town of Philadelphia.

The story unfolds slowly and gently, with some very-true-to-life observations and scenes. You can tell that the author’s husband is a food critic; the stories really resonate and feel true rather than contrived.
Really enjoyable, especially for foodies and people who enjoy eating out!!

I haven’t come across this author before but I will certainly look out for more books from her.

MetLineReader Rating 4⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ (Piccadilly)

About this book

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 anonymity takes over their lives as he tries to limit the family’s contact with anyone who might have ties to the foodie world. Meanwhile, Lila craves adult conversation and some relief from the constraints of her homemaker role. With her patience wearing thin, she begins to question everything: her decision to get pregnant again, her break from her career, her marriage—even if leaving her ex-boyfriend was the right thing to do. As Sam becomes more and more fixated on keeping his identity secret, Lila begins to wonder if her own identity has completely disappeared—and what it will take to get it back.

“A tender, charming, and deliciously diverting story about love, marriage, and how your restaurant-review sausage gets made. The Restaurant Critic’s Wife is compulsively readable and richly detailed, a guilt-free treat that will have you devouring every word.” —Jennifer Weiner, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Good In Bed, Best Friends Forever, and Who Do You Love

About the Author

Elizabeth LaBan is the author of The Tragedy Paper, which has been translated into eleven languages, and The Grandparents Handbook, which has been translated into seven languages. She lives in Philadelphia with her restaurant-critic husband and two children.


The Restaurant Critic’s Wife is published today by Lake Union Publishing and is available for purchase from Amazon UK. My thanks to Lake Union Publishing for granting my wish and making a copy available to me via Netgalley.