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The Glass Kitchen

3.80  ·  Rating details ·  7,862 ratings  ·  1,114 reviews
Portia Cuthcart never intended to leave Texas. Her dream was to run the Glass Kitchen restaurant her grandmother built decades ago. But after a string of betrayals and the loss of her legacy, Portia is determined to start a new life with her sisters in Manhattan... and never cook again.

But when she moves into a dilapidated brownstone on the Upper West Side, she meets twel
Hardcover, 384 pages
Published June 17th 2014 by St. Martin's Press
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Jun 25, 2014 rated it did not like it
I initially thought this would be a nice 3 star read - decent enough writing, if not great, about sisters and whatever. Perfect for the summer.
Well instead I got stilted, awkward dialogue and prose, as well as stock characters, and a plot that was more porn than story. A thinly veiled harlequin, this novel's depiction of a woman's lust for a noncommunicative brute of a man easily set the feminist movement back a zillion decades, and all the while we have the suspension of disbelief as said woman
May 01, 2014 rated it it was amazing
the glass kitchen
Linda Francis Lee

My " in a nutshell" summary...

Portia and her sisters Olivia and Cordelia find themselves transplanted Texans living in Manhattan.

My thoughts after reading this book...

OMG...some books are just fun and sweet and are filled with quirky sassy characters...who are just trying to make sense of what life has dealt them. This would be Portia and probably her neighbor Ariel. I will backtrack a bit...Portia knows when things are going to happen...she dreams of foods an
Judy D Collins
Loved everything about THE GLASS KITCHEN – think sassy southern Texas, meets sophisticated demanding Upper West Side, filled with love of family and sisters, epicurean delights, life’s lessons of forgiveness, and second chances. Delicious. . . absolutely delectable!

As a child, Portia had a dream to run her grandmother’s restaurant (The Glass Kitchen) in Texas; however, after settling for a different life (married to a senator which betrayed her with her best friend, and did not allow her to use
I love books like this...foodie books mixed with magical realism. Portia has "the knowing". A magical gift inherited from her Grandmother, who ran The Glass Kitchen restaurant. She meets Gabriel, who is widowed with 2 young daughters. I enjoyed her relationship with the girls, and the romance between Portia & Gabriel. It was a light, easy read, perfect for fans of Sarah Addison Allen & Barbara ONeal. Highly recommend! ...more
Moon Love
Sep 23, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Linda Francis Lee has written many books in many different genres and I've read most of them. I've been eagerly waiting this book. I was so jealous of all the early reviews I'd seen. When I was approved to read an early copy, you should've seen my smile. I read this book in under 3.5 hours. I started after midnight thinking I'd read a chapter before going to sleep. I finished close to 4 am and was a mess the next day.

There are so many elements that make this story great. I loved the role of fam
Feb 13, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: giveaways
I won this book from goodreads and it came at the perfect time! What a great story. I love the descriptions of the New York home and the whole idea of Portia's abilities with food. So refreshing and just a great way to escape. I loved Ariel's character as well.
Laura Kay Bolin
Mar 03, 2014 rated it it was amazing

I absolutely loved THE GLASS KITCHEN by Linda Francis Lee! It is such an imperfect story. Portia finds herself with her sisters in Manhattan, she is trying to put the pieces of her life back together. The last thing she wants to do is cook, because for her cooking and food have a tinge of magic. The thing is, the magic is in her and it needs and wants to come out. I loved how the art of cooking revealed things that needed to come out in order for people to
Kris Dickinson
Apr 09, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc-s
I really liked this story. I was lucky enough to be able to read the ARC and Im glad I did. Portia, like her grandmother, has the 'knowing'. Out of the blue, she will get the urge to bake something, or make a specific meal and its always because someone needs it for whatever reason. She ignored it for a few years to be the 'perfect politicians wife' but that didnt last. She moves to NY to live in 1/3 of a townhouse that her aunt left her, only to find that her sisters sold their thirds and a sin ...more
Katherine Jones
Jun 19, 2014 rated it it was ok
From the start, it’s hard not to enjoy the antics of precocious tweener Ariel and off-beat Portia. I also love the idea of wrestling with a difficult or unusual gift–in this case, “the knowing,” which Portia expresses through the creation of food. In this way, the novel reminds me of Susanna Kearsley’s The Firebird, though it’s completely different in tone.

I do have to say that The Glass Kitchen is far more sexually charged than I expected. Perhaps because of that, the story didn’t engage me as
Jun 08, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fiction, food, 2014
The writing's a bit clunky and there were grammar errors galore, both of which I'm chalking up to the ARC and hoping they cleaned up before publishing. That being said, I enjoyed this book and tore through it. It's everything The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake should have been. It drives me crazy when teenagers are total assholes to their parents with no repercussions, but the teenager here has natural consequences to a major event and it really works. I have a love/hate relationship with book ...more
Sharon Huether
A beautifully written story of three sisters. They had a restaurant in Texas while their Grandmother was alive and now they wanted to capture that same feeling in New York City.
This was a second chance for them (Cordelia, Olivia and Portia. )
Very heartwarming, funny and a little sexy.
A real page turner.
Arlena Dean

Title: The Glass Kitchen
Author: Linda Francis Lee
Publisher: St Martin's Press
Reviewed By: Arlena Dean
Age Recommended: Adult
Rating: 4.5

"The Glass Kitchen" by Linda Francis Lee was a interesting contemporary romantic read that did have some fantasy interwoven into it. I found the read and interesting way his author presented this romance. It was indeed a interesting read surrounding Portia who after managing through a horrible marriage and the death of her grandmother Portia will move to NY
Jun 18, 2014 rated it it was ok
Linda Francis Lee has created lighthearted, whimsical, story surrounding food, family, and love. However, the author's writing style left much to be desired. The pace of the story was quite choppy with a great deal happening at once with long periods of nothing in between. At several points, I had to force myself to continue reading. The added element of mysticism was essentially a turn off for me and something I certainly wasn't expecting from this novel. And, I have to admit the sex scenes and ...more
Sharon Redfern
Jun 07, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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I absolutely loved this book! When Portia Cuthcart's marriage goes kaput, she takes refuge in the NYC apartment her aunt had left her. Portia had given up a lot for her marriage and her husband paid her back by cheating. Now Portia is reinventing herself and discovering a lost gift she inherited from her grandmother. Portia can whip up a meal that meets the emotional needs of a person who has yet to walk through the door. This "knowing" h
Oct 27, 2014 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this charming, easy read. Although obviously not possessing Portia's ability to "know" what special dish/recipe is needed in certain situations ahead of time, I can definitely relate to certain foods being a part of a special memory or place in my own life. At times, Portia's visions were downright mouth-watering! The inclusion of some of these recipes was a nice touch at the end of the book. Might have to try a couple myself! Although I didn't feel an especial connection to any ...more
Jun 08, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4.5 stars!! This was such an enjoyable read! I am a new fan of Linda Francis Lee and her whimsical and heart warming stories. I the Glass Kitchen the characters were all charming (except for Gabriel who was dreamily cross and beastly) and I loved them all! I loved the use of Shakespearean names to the characters. Portia and her sisters made me love them and Ariel was adorable in her smart and sassy way, her vulnerability making her even more endearing. I even found Miranda to be lovable in her s ...more
Oct 20, 2014 rated it liked it
Portia Cuthcart has a gift of making just the right food , for the right person, at the right time. Leaving behind heartbreaking losses in Texas , she joins her sisters Cordelia and Olivia in Manhattan, where they attempt to replicate a restaurant using their grandmother's previous owned eatery (The Glass Kitchen) , along with passed down family recipes , as their inspiration. Throw in a tall , dark, and handsome (if somewhat brooding stranger) who is trying to cope with two daughters after the ...more
Janie Boyd
Mar 16, 2014 rated it it was amazing
The glass kitchen by Linda Francis Lee is a light-hearted luscious read! I absolutely fell in love with Portia, Olivia, and Cordelia, the Cuthcart sisters. From Texas to New York, this is a delicious adventure that had me laughing, crying, and dreaming of life lived on my own terms. Lee has created a magical place, The Glass Kitchen, where love and family are the staples of life. The addition of Portia’s “knowing” makes the reader dive into the story with abandon. I can’t wait to make some of th ...more
Oct 20, 2014 rated it liked it
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Apr 04, 2014 rated it liked it
This was a fun read, lots of Southern appeal and good chemistry. But too much sex for my taste and random vulgarity that seemed out of place with the sweet plot.
Jun 05, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
The beautiful cover is my favorite part of this book. I love the idea of magic in cooking, and the potential was there but it just seemed to come up short. not sure what I was expecting, but this book just left me wishing it was less predictable.
This is the second book I've read by this author. I loved the characters - especially Portia with her gift of premonition expressed in cooking and tween Ariel trying to resolve her family problems on her little shoulders.
Apr 15, 2014 rated it really liked it
This book feeds your soul with lessons on love,family, friendship and loss. You'll devour the words and also want to cook for yourself and those you love. A really special book. So happy I read!!
Mar 08, 2020 rated it really liked it
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Sweet book !!
I'm not usually a fan of magical realism especially if it is done with a light touch but I have to say the way that Linda Francis used it in The Glass Kitchen was amazingly well done. As with reading any new author I went it with some reservations but as soon as I started the book I was completely and utterly hooked and read it in one sitting.

Portia was a great character. She was so kind, and lovable and she felt so much for those around her despite the fact that the world has kind of thrown her
Mar 02, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Glass Kitchen: A Novel of Sisters by Linda Francis Lee is a sweet tale about three sisters, the magic of knowing, and romance. Olivia, Cordelia, and Portia are the three Cuthcart sisters who live in Willow Creek, Texas. Portia was seven years old when she has her first experience with the “knowing”. Portia can predict what someone will want, need, or how to help them with food. She inherited the gift from her grandmother. Portia’s grandmother took her into the kitchen of the restaurant, The ...more
Apr 13, 2014 rated it it was amazing

Linda Francis Lee
St. Martin’s Press
July 2014

Portia Cuthcart was seven years old when she began working with her grandmother at her café, The Glass Kitchen, in Willow Creek, Texas. Portia has inherited the ancestral gift – “a knowing” about food – and Gram will spend the next few years instructing the child how to use it.

An adult Portia marries a wealthy young lawyer that Gram warns will hurt her. Robert needs a beautiful wife to help him with his political ambitions. Portia and
Jun 01, 2014 rated it really liked it
The Cuthcart sisters are finding their way in NYC; each with their own demons lagging behind them. Together they work to bring back the memories of their childhood via The Glass Kitchen whilst working through their individual life issues.
The main character is Portia Cuthcart and the story of her gift referred to as "the knowing". For years following the death of her grandmother she suppresses "the knowing" in a nod to be "normal" fitting into a cookie cutter version of a Stepford wife for her po
Caren ~ the misfit geek
I received an ARC of this book through a First Reads giveaway on Goodreads.

I have really mixed feelings about this book. Parts of it really dragged for me and I questioned if I would make it all the way through. I am glad that I stuck with it because I really liked the ending. There were things that I really liked about the book that saved it from utter failure and brought my rating up to 3 stars.

I really liked the subtle magical realism in the story. I thought the idea of a sixth sense with foo
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Linda Francis Lee is a native Texan now calling New York City home. Linda's writing career began when her article "There Is No Finish Line" was published in her university's quarterly magazine. But she got sidetracked from writing when she started teaching probability and statistics. Later she found her way back to writing, and the Atlanta Journal Constitution called her breakout novel, Blue Waltz ...more

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