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Georgia's Kitchen

3.44  ·  Rating details ·  1,892 Ratings  ·  202 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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From the top of the heap to the bottom of the pile. Such is what happens to Georgia, a motivated, talented chef in NYC. Lost her job and her man in one day. What better way to lick your wounds than to fly off to Italy for the summer? I know my summary is a bit glib. There is plenty of heartbreak, soul searching and some humor in this story.
Overall, I enjoyed it.Coming to terms with how your life is turning out vs your expectations, dealing with family issues. Such is the stuff of maturing. Geo
Dec 23, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: chick-lit
It's interesting to see just how dramatically things can change in five years.

In 2015, one food critic's negative review could not damage a chef or a restaurant's reputation given the power and impact of social media. A restaurant's customer reviews would hold much more weight than one irate food critic whose daughter got the "short end of the stick."

In spite of this, I did enjoy the novel.

Patti TheLoveJunkee
Aug 08, 2010 rated it liked it
Shelves: contemporary
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 -
I was looking for something very light, that I would hardly notice I was reading in between courses of more substantial books and demanding reviews. Georgia's Kitchen fit the bill - or menu. Chef loses job, fiancée, finds job in Italy, makes wonderful dishes titled in untranslated Italian, no recipes included, has fling, hopes to fulfill dream of having her own restaurant, hunky man and baby. One happens, the end drops off suddenly and there is no sequel which obviously was expected.

Did what I
Aug 17, 2010 rated it liked it
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
Nov 01, 2010 rated it really liked it
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
Oct 13, 2010 rated it really liked it
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
Oct 21, 2010 rated it really liked it
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
Jun 28, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: for-review
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
Aug 05, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fiction
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
Jeannie and Louis Rigod
Nov 27, 2011 rated it really liked it
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
Nov 13, 2011 rated it really liked it
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
Jul 24, 2011 rated it it was amazing
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
Feb 01, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Apr 08, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  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
Mar 19, 2011 rated it really liked it
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
Oct 22, 2013 rated it really liked it
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
Mar 25, 2012 rated it liked it
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
Feb 01, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: books-about-food
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
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Aug 27, 2010 rated it it was amazing
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
Dec 01, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2010-read-list
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
Jul 13, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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.
Dec 09, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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!
Jul 04, 2016 rated it really liked it
Fun, quick read! Perfect for my tendency to get stuck after a long, dense read.
Oct 07, 2017 rated it it was ok
I really wanted to like this book, but several things stood in the way. The unnecessary descriptions of people’s clothing took away from the story rather than adding to it; most of the characters were flat; the chef-heavy language without context was dull; and last (but certainly not least) I didn’t like Georgia.

She lacked depth of feeling. For example, when she split up with her fiancé after a seven-year relationship there was no sense of mourning or regret. No. Her primary concern was OMG how
Sandy Teachey Lenox
Nov 09, 2017 rated it it was ok
This was written by a former fashion editor/producer and it shows. The author spent a ridiculous amount of time describing the attire of each character with an emphasis on the attention each character gave to their fashion statement. Even the food was connected to a trend or color scheme. The story development was incongruous and choppy leaving subplots dangling or unresolved. While reading this book I couldn't escape the feeling I was seeing life through the eyes of someone who has been shelter ...more
May 30, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: contemporary
I absolutely loved this book. Georgia has lost her job as head chef at a great restaurant (I won't tell you why) and then loses her fiancee. This turns out to be the best thing that ever happened to her.

She escapes to Italy to work with someone she knew for a few months and then comes back to NY to open her own restaurant. This is about what happens when she tries.

It's a fantastic book and I'm only sorry it is Jenny Nelson's only book.
Sep 03, 2017 rated it liked it
The first half of the story was great but it fell off for me as soon as she went away with Gianni and got the hotel offer. It felt 75-80 pages too long after that. All of the characters felt believable and real, and all of them added a lot of fun and humor to the story. If you are a fan of a good food book, this definitely delivers on that.
Yvette Irvine
Dec 05, 2017 rated it liked it
A feel good book about food, friendship and love.
Georgia, a New York based chef, loses her job and fiance and heads to Italy for the summer. After working at her mentor's new restaurant, can she work out what she really wants in life?
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