At thirty-three, talented chef Georgia Gray has everything a woman could want—the top job at one of Manhattan’s best restaurants; a group of smart and savvy girlfriends; and a platinum-set, cushion-cut diamond engagement ring courtesy of Glenn, the handsome entertainment lawyer. She has all of this until a scathing restaurant review destroys her reputation and Glenn suddenly calls off the wedding to “find himself”.
Brokenhearted, Georgia escapes to the Italian countryside, where she sharpens her skills with her mentor who seems to have it all—a 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, blue skies, and the irresistible Gianni—an expert in the vineyard and the bedroom. So when Gianni tempts Georgia to stay in Italy with an offer no sane chef could refuse, why can’t she say yes?
Georgia’s Kitchen was a delightful read for me. The story takes you on a journey to two completely different places – New York City and Italy. You can actually feel the change in people, scenery and attitude when you are reading. The chef topics and culinary aspects were wonderfully delicious and well researched. It made me long for Italian food. I actually went home one night and made a wonderful pasta dish inspired by the novel.
It was an easy book to read (I read it in three days). I did have a slight problem in some sections due to the overly descriptive scenery. I also felt that the ending felt a bit forced and was completely predictable. Overall, I read this novel fairly quickly and enjoyed it. It was worth the time I spent to read it because I love culinary novels with a mix of chick lit. This was the author’s debut novel and I look forwarding to reading her next.
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