Monday, December 19, 2011

Review: Georgia's Kitchen by Jenny Nelson

Georgia's Kitchen by Jenny Nelson 

Publisher:  Gallery
Pages:  336 
Format: paperback 
Buy the Book: Amazon 

Goodreads: At thirty-three, talented chef Georgia Gray has everything a woman could want—the top job at one of Manhattan’s best restaurants; a posse of smart and savvy gal pals who never let her down; and a platinum-set, cushion-cut diamond engagement ring courtesy of Glenn, the handsome entertainment lawyer who Georgia’s overbearing mother can’t wait for her to marry. The table is set for the ambitious bride-to-be until a scathing restaurant review destroys her reputation. To add salt to her wounds, Glenn suddenly calls off the wedding.
Brokenhearted, Georgia escapes to the Italian countryside, where she sharpens her skills at a trattoria run by a world-class chef who seems to have it all—a devoted lover, a magnificent villa, and most important, a kitchen of her own. Georgia quells her longings with Italy’s delectable offerings: fine wine, luscious cheeses, cerulean blue skies, and irresistible Gianni—an expert in the vineyard and the bedroom. So when Gianni tempts Georgia to stay in Italy with an offer no sane top chef could refuse, why can’t she say yes?
An appetite for something more looms large in Georgia’s heart – the desire to run her own restaurant in the city she loves. But having left New York with her career in flames, she’ll need to stir up more than just courage if she’s to realize her dreams and find her way home.

Kritters Thoughts:  One woman is not happy in her relationship, not happy at her job and can't figure out who to change it all.  So after the relationship falls apart and the job is gone, she heads to Italy to find a new balance in her life.  With kitchens in Manhattan and Italy at the center, food is a major character in the book and this author nailed the descriptions of each dish and made me quite hungry while reading!  

I fell in love with Georgia and wanted to become her friend which makes me fall deeper into any book - a connection the characters is key in my book.  Although there is heartache and relationships in this book, it was refreshing to have the woman try to find the balance in her life within herself instead of depending on others for it.    

A wonderful piece of women's fiction that will make you want to visit both Italy and New York for the food and the atmosphere.  A strong woman at the center and a depth to the story makes this book a piece of women's fiction in my mind and one worth picking up.

Rating:  absolutely loved it and want a sequel

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