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Georgia's Kitchen

3.42 of 5 stars 3.42  ·  rating details  ·  1,454 ratings  ·  175 reviews

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 s

Paperback, 336 pages
Published August 3rd 2010 by Gallery Books
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Kaitlyn Barrett
First novel

Good subject matter – food, kitchens, Italy
Good storyline
Likeable main character even though I don’t feel like she’s emotionally rounded

Clunky, outdated or just inexplicable comparisons (no writer should reference Falcon's Quest in 2012)

Character names or traits that seem deliberately quirky with no explanation - Best friends “Clem” and “Lo” are presumably nicknames? It's never explained and they're too weird not to get an explanation. Plus there's some strangeness with h
Patti TheLoveJunkee
The author blurb prett much nailed the story, so I'm just going to go straigh into my thoughts:

I enjoyed this book. For as much as I hate to cook, I apparenty like stories about cooks - go figure. It sort of reminded me (very loosely) of the movie, Under the Tuscan Sun...(yes, I know it's a book and no, I never read it *gasp!*)

Georgia is the type of character that starts off thinking she knows what she wants, but what she's got isn't it. Then, she loses her job and her fiance on the same day -
Georgia Gray is a chef at one of the best restaurants in NYC and she's engaged to marry Glenn, an entertainment lawyer. But in a flash, everything goes down the drain. The playboy owner of the restaurant fires her after they get a bad review, even though it's his fault! Then her engagement gets broken off-all in the same day! She escapes to Italy, where she finds a new job as a chef, and a handsome new love interest, and maybe even finds herself.

This was a nice piece of women's fiction, nothing
If you're in the mood for an escape to Italy but your bank account doesn't quite agree, have a look at Georgia's Kitchen, a charming book that will transport you to a trattoria nestled in Tuscany's rolling hills. You'll also spend a good deal of time in bustling New York City, where Georgia lives full-time as a chef until her career takes a hit from a bad review and her romantic relationship crumbles. Off to Italy it is, then, for Georgia, where her passions become clear to her -- and to a local ...more
Chocolate & Croissants
Georgia's Kitchen was a book that I was instantly drawn to given there was cooking, New York City and Italy. Who would not be drawn to this? This is where it ended for me. I am not sure if my expectations for the book were too high or I had a notion in my mind how the book should read. For me I found the book to barely simmer as Georgia's story of moving to Italy and cooking was developed. The book did not have any spice for me. By the time it picked up in the last 75 pages it was too late for m ...more
From My Blog...[return][return]Georgia’s Kitchen by Jenny Nelson is an excellent woman-conquers-adversity summer read. Georgia is the head chef at Marco, “the” swanky Manhattan restaurant, a job she is truly passionate about and she is about to marry Glenn, a successful attorney. Suddenly, in a series of rather bad luck events, her world begins to fall apart leading to the demise of Georgia’s career at Marco and for me, the beginning of the novel. Nelson writes a charming, feel good novel, which ...more
You know I read all these books of girls running off to Italy to find themselves... (i.e. Under the Tuscan Sun, Eat Pray Love, etc.) why didn't I ever think of that? Gosh!

When Georgia's life comes crumbling down around her she picks up the pieces by changing location, lifestyle, leaving family and friends behind. She finds herself working with an old friend at an up-and-coming restaurant, with a staff that's helpful and encouraging, she makes new friends and even finds a love interest in a neigh
Review is now on

Georgia’s life seems to be right on track. She is the head chef of Marco, a popular hit restaurant in New York City, which is about to receive a three fork review that will set Georgia on the path of her dreams. Her upcoming nuptials are only weeks away and soon she will have almost everything she has planned, aside from the children. Unfortunately for Georgia, plans change, life throws curve balls and people are finicky. All in one fateful
Jeannie and Louis Rigod
I love the kitchen and I love novels to read in-between my mysteries. When I was reading a Goodread's update, this book was introduced to me. I looked at the synopsis and thought it was interesting. I was correct.

A talented, young, woman Chef, Georgia Gray is head chef at Marco's in Manhattan. Everything is going Georgia's way, she is a head chef, engaged to be married, and dreaming of owning her own restaurant one day. There is one small indicator that things might change. Chef's do not normall
I wanted to read Georgia's Kitchen initially merely for the Italian connection. I counted on this book allowing me to live out my passport-laced fantasies. Georgia's Kitchen did that and more.

Georgia's the head chef at hot spot Marco, a restaurant that's booked up months in advance. She's not allowed much leeway with the menu, and her boss is slimy, but she's head chef and loving it. Georgia's engaged to entertainment lawyer Glenn, and life couldn't get much better. Until it gets worse. Marco re
Well, who wants to join me in a nice cheese course and a glass of wine? After reading this, you will. I really enjoyed this book and Georgia’s journey made me envious. I liked the story and the characters. Reading the first 100 pages or so I was a bit impatient, I wanted to get past the info provided on the book jacket. Things really picked up once Georgia traveled to Italy. The group of characters in Italy and the lessons learned were delightful. But come on… the best parts of this book were th ...more
Kelly Olexa
I loved this book. LOVED IT. I've been going on a bit of a path of books written about chefs or cooking and this one did not disappoint. One thing I don't like is predictability, where a book is centered around some cheesy predictable boy meets girl story-line. I read this on the plane on the way to my vacation and wrapped it up the first day- it drew me in that much, and it's also not a "heavy" read. The author has a great sense of humor and the story is about Georgia's life, not just her broke ...more
This book had all the ingredients for me to absolutely love it: great food, New York and Florence (both places dear to my heart), a brave heroine in a soul-searching journey. It ticked all the boxes but it was still a bit disappointing. The secondary characters are not well developed (Georgia's friends in particular) and it left me wanting more. Having said that, it is still a very fun read and I love the lessons learned by the main character: it's ok to be alone and it's ok to ask for help. Sto ...more
Georgia Gray has it all. She's head chef at a NYC hotspot and is engaged to be married. Just when Georgia thought that she had everything she ever wanted, her life is turned upside down when what was to be a three fork review, ends up being a 1/2 fork and her coke addict fiance dumps her. Nursing a broken heart and crushed ego, Georgia heads for the vineyards of Tuscany to strengthen her cooking skills and to learn that life isn't always about having the husband, the baby and the restaurant. In ...more
May 05, 2013 Roselle rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone who loves food and traveling
Recommended to Roselle by: Myself
Shelves: reread
Absolutely loved the dialogue between characters and how Jenny Nelson, the author, described the surroundings and the cooking that constantly happens throughout the book. It kept me interested till the end. Looking forward to more books by this author. Plus, for some reason, I thought it'd be like "Under the Tuscan Sun" by Frances Mayes, which was all pretty much a narrative of the author's experience. Barely ANY dialogue. As a reader, I need dialogue to keep me interested and Jenny Nelson fulfi ...more
Another foodie novel with the main character being Georgia Gray who is the head chef at a trendy New York restaurant. She gets badly reviewed & takes the fall for the loser owner of the restaurant (her boss) and suddenly her life goes from bad to worse as she loses her job, her career and her fiance. With all of that, she takes a temporary move to Italy to regroup and cook there and slowly rebuild her life. She eventually returns to New York and in the course of the following year re-establi ...more
I enjoyed this book. Georgia had a New York smart sense of humor I could relate to, and the usual questionable taste in men. I especially enjoyed her travels...Italy was a wonderful diversion, and then back to the City. I also related to her "mother issues" and loved Sally the doggie. Having lived in NY, loving the sites and sounds of Christmas in NY, being an avid cook of all things Italian, this book just did it for me. While I enjoyed her little romantic escapades, they took a back burner for ...more
It wasn't great literature, but it was one of the best books in the light reading with a woman main character of a marriageable age trying to make a go of her life genre that I have read in a while. Her career and the dreams around it took center stage as often as her love life (if not more) and the book also had a couple of minor characters, women with high powered careers, who found happiness as well so it didn't feel as if the book was judging women who were passionate about their work and pu ...more
I was caught up in the life of Georgia Gray from the moment I started this book. I read this book in a few hours on a Sunday afternoon and it had me whisked away to the streets of New York and the vineyards of Italy, if only for an afternoon. Nelson's writing is very good and it let me lose myself into another world, imagining myself as Georgia and having her adventures as a chef. This book has it all, romance, disappointment, excitement, and triumph. The book was a great read and I hope you wil ...more
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Debut novelist Jenny Nelson does an excellent job creating dialogue that sounds just like I’d expect a 33 year old to talk to a former coworker she considers a friend. I also enjoyed the dynamic between Grammy (Dorothy’s deceased mom) and Dorothy (Georgia’s mom) and Georgia. Those relationships were very telling, authentic, and pertinent to the development of the characters.

It was incredibly refreshing to read a book with a female protagonist who didn’t fall apart and who didn’t do the happily
Georgia's Kitchen
3 stars

Cerita mengenai Georgia yang merupakan head chef di restoran terkenal di NYC, namun gegara kesalahan pemilik restoran, ulasan mengenai restoran itu sangat buruk, yang berakibat pada pemecatan George. Pada siang harinya, hubungan pertunangannya yang mengalami kerenggangan menemui titik dimana mereka berdua harus memutuskan hubungan mereka. Sudah jatuh tertimpa tangga. Setelah mengurung diri, menjauhkan keluarga dan teman-temannya, mengasihani dirinya sendiri, melalui canda
ais ariani
Georgia, memiliki segalanya di usianya yang ke 33. karir yang cemerlang, tunangan yang tampan dan mapan. dan mereka berdua sedang menyiapkan pesta pernikahan.

akan tetapi, pada satu titik ... Georgia memang sempat mempertanyakan semuanya itu .. hingga pada suatu hari ia dipecat dari restorannya, karena review dari seorang kritikus makanan yang membuat nama baiknya menjadi buruk di dunia kuliner kota New York.

dan diperparah dengan kenyataan bahwa ia dan tunangannya selama tujuh tahun itu putus.

A fun Novel about Georgia Grey, a Chef with a top job at one of Manhattan’s best restaurants, but who is fired after the restaurant gets a bad review (because of her boss). She sets out to reclaim her reputation and with the hopes of one day opening her own restaurant. The novel takes place in NYC and Italy, where Georgia goes through many ups and downs, before finally coming into her own.
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I loved it. I love change your life stories. And I love the see women ending relationships to the wrong men! Plus food books are the best!
I stumbled across this book when one of my GR buddies marked it “To Read” and I only needed to see “chef” and “Italy” to add it to my list. So, perhaps it is my own fault that this turned out to be far more “chick-lit” than I was expecting. The story revolves around Georgia, a successful NYC chef in her early 30s whose life suddenly seems to be falling apart. And so – Italy! Man, I wish my life allowed me to run away to Italy to deal with life crises! And of course, there are love life issues to ...more
Nadine Maigatter

Ein Buch für zwischendurch würde meine Mutter nun sagen ;)
Das Buch ist flüssig geschrieben und sehr Detailliert.
Die Hauptfigur Georgia ist von ihrer Art köstlich, musste oft genug schmunzeln.
Aber zum Buch selber Georgia ist eine bekannte Kochchefin in einen angesagten Lokal. dann kam eine Kritikerin und alle waren total aufgeregt und es lief alles gut, man munkelte das die Kritikerin meinte das gibt 3 Gabeln. Nun waren sich alle doch ziemlich sicher das Georgia dank ihrer Kochkunst den Laden we
Rezi zu Küssen al Dente Ein Buch für zwischendurch würde meine Mutter nun sagen ;)
Das Buch ist flüssig geschrieben und sehr Detailliert.
Die Hauptfigur Georgia ist von ihrer Art köstlich, musste oft genug schmunzeln.
Aber zum Buch selber Georgia ist eine bekannte Kochchefin in einen angesagten Lokal. dann kam eine Kritikerin und alle waren total aufgeregt und es lief alles gut, man munkelte das die Kritikerin meinte das gibt 3 Gabeln. Nun waren sich alle doch ziemlich sicher das Georgia dank ihrer
GEORGIA'S KITCHEN by Jenny Nelson tells the story of dear Georgia whose professional and romantic life are in ruins. What does any sane girl do when the going gets tough? Why, she runs off to Italy of course!

I loved the personality that Ms. Nelson gave Georgia. This is a girl who has climbed her way to the top, been beaten down, and yet still manages to find joy and happiness in her life. When some behind-the-scenes scandals emerge, the restaurant that Georgia is the chef of suddenly gets a horr
Georgia's Kitchen is the book club selection for Chick Lit and Other Fiction for January. The theme is hobbies/ New Year’s Resolutions. I think this book brings a wonderful hobby of cooking.

Welcome to Marco’s the restaurant which is also owned by Marco; where Georgia is the Chef. Marco and Georgia have a history from the past. She is popular with her staff and has a lot riding on a good read review from Mercedes Sante a well known critic. Georgia thinks she has finally found the way to
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