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Il ristorante dell'amore ritrovato

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3.50  ·  Rating details ·  1,145 ratings  ·  196 reviews
Ringo, una ragazza che lavora nelle cucine di un ristorante turco di Tokyo, rientra una sera a casa con l'intenzione di preparare una cena succulenta per il suo fidanzato col quale convive da un po'. Con suo sommo sgomento, però, scopre che l'appartamento è completamente vuoto. Niente televisore, lavatrice, frigorifero, mobili, tende, niente di niente. Spariti persino gli ...more
Paperback, Le tavole d'oro, 191 pages
Published May 27th 2010 by Neri Pozza (first published January 2008)
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Jenny (Reading Envy)
In my librarian life, I'm always teaching students how a good source can lead to another. This happened recently in my reading life where I found out about The Restaurant of Love Regained by Ito Ogawa (translated from the Japanese) in another recent read, The Girl who Reads on the Métro (translated from the French.) If you like foodie fiction with magical realism but set in Japan, this is the book for you! (Don't go in hungry.)
Tze-Wen
Jun 23, 2012 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Let me start by saying how much I wanted to like this book. I really wanted it to be another Chocolat, Like water for chocolate, Kitchen or Tongue. Granted, those books I read many years ago and for most of that time I was an omnivore. As a vegetarian who grew up in a Chinese family that hardly ever goes a day without meat, I am pretty tolerant around people discussing or consuming animal products/dishes, as long as the same level of respect is shown to me. I'd rather not be engulfed by the ...more
Vishy
Apr 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Rinko works in a restaurant in a big city. One day she comes home to find that her apartment has been cleaned out by her boyfriend and he has left. She doesn't have any option other than moving in with her mom, who lives in a village. All this makes Rinko temporarily lose her voice. Even though her relationship with her mother has always been difficult, Rinko's mother lets her stay there. After a few days, Rinko decides to start her own restaurant in the village. This would be a special kind of ...more
Richa Bhattarai
(3.25 stars)

Japan fascinates me - it seems like a whole different world, the nuances of its relationships, the cuisine, the culture, its history. Books about cooking and food, they excite me, too.

So what could go wrong with this novel, talking solely of a special restaurant nurtured by an aspiring chef in a little village in Japan?

Plenty, as it turned out.

The first pages of this novel dragged. And dragged. It seemed to me predictable, blandly written, and directionless. At one point, more than
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Bookworm
When translated works can bind one in a spell because of the beauty of the language, it is then and only then that one wishes so fervently that he or she could read the book in its original language. If a translated work could be so beautiful, I wonder...what would the original work be like?

“The Restaurant of Love Regained” by Ito Ogawa is one such book. Ringo, a Japanese girl of 25 returns home after work to see her apartment bereft. Spotlessly bare. The things which she once shared with her
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Suzanne
I was in the mood for something light and charming, and this was perfect. Props to David Karashima for his excellent translation.

As an American living in Japan, it bothered me a little bit that the only foreigners mentioned in the book were faithless and/or dishonest. And as someone with an MFA from a Western university, I thought that a few elements could have been developed more, and a few details (the pubic hair!) seemed off-key. But overall, I really enjoyed the quirky details -- Mom's pet
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Sammm [involuntarily somewhat on hiatus]
REVIEW WIP

I do intend to write a detailed review in English, aiming to compare the book and its film adaptation, but because I'm reading the book in traditional Chinese, via physically borrowing it from my local library, AND kind of under a very tight schedule as I'd be flying back to the States soon, meaning I'd have to return the book soon, Ima just jot down the basics in Chinese first.

BTW, originally I was just going to tell you folks, that, if you are actually interested in reading the
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Devika  Suresh
Mar 24, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
There are some books you will get attached to not because it's an exceptional one or something, but simply because it's a feel good one

Minus one star for the small but unexpected heartbreak towards the end of the story
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Amby
Feb 06, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
beautiful book and very comforting :)
Sam Still Reading
Jun 22, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: food lovers
Recommended to Sam Still Reading by: saw it in a bookshop
Some books are sad; others depressing. It’s quite rare to come across a book that it is simply optimistic and happy, but The Restaurant of Love Regained is just that. It’s not over the top love-love happy-happy but it makes you realise that in amongst that bad days and the sad days, there are a lot of good ones.

Our protagonist, Rinko, doesn’t have a lot to smile about at the opening of this short but sweet novel. Her boyfriend, who she was planning to open an Indian restaurant with, has up and
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Carola
I think I needed this story right now.

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Rebecca
Broken hearted Rinko stoically returns to the isolated village that holds long buried memories of a fractured relationship with her mother. With internalised grief rendering her unable to speak, Rinko channels her energies into opening a unique restaurant, and gradually finds empowerment through the healing power of food. The Restaurant of Love Regained is essentially a cook book seasoned with a bit of fiction. Nevertheless, charmingly optimistic characters and some shocking revelations are ...more
Hilary
Jul 30, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
A short, sweet and different little read.

As a vegetarian, I needed to grit my teeth through some of it, but as it's mostly about food preparation I expected that. I'm not sure if it lost something in the translation, or if I'd recommend it but I'm not sorry I read it.
Ainun Nazrin
Why did I borrow and read a novel about restaurant and foods during Ramadhan is beyond my understanding.
Jerina
Aug 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
The Restaurant of Love Regained, written by Ita Ogawa has been (thankfully) translated from Japanese to English by David Karashima. To a large extent the tone and story seems to have not got lost in the translation but what cuts through the language barrier is the story itself - Deceived of her entire life's worth of stuff by her Indian boyfriend, Rinko, without a moment's hesitation decides to journey to her hometown in the mountains with the only precious thing that isn't stolen - her ...more
Tulika
Sep 18, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2018
Rinko comes home one day from her job at a restaurant to find that her boyfriend has walked out on her. As he goes he empties out their shared home including all her possessions as well as her life savings, which they were putting together to start a place of their own.

In shock, Rinko loses her voice. She decides to go home to her mother. The two have never got along but she has little choice now. She discovers her mom has replaced her with a pig, Hermes, whom she loves more than she ever loved
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Angelina
Feb 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Rinko is a 25 yr old girl , working at a Turkish Restaurant in a big city in Japan.She shares her apartment with her Indian boyfriend,who works at the Indian Restaurant just next to the Turkish one.They had been staying together here for the last three years and Rinko heartily enjoyed cooking for her boyfriend. She dreamt of moving in with him to India and celebrate Indian occasions.However, one day she returns from her job to find her apartment completely deserted. Every nook and corner of it ...more
Jill
Aug 07, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
For the most part, I absolutely loved this book. Just when the pace lulled for a page or so, the author surprised me with a twist – or rather, gobsmacked me with a twist! I can't say what, as it would be a spoiler, but there was one thing I expected to be explained by the end, which wasn't. Another part made me a little squeamish, however appropriate it was. However, overall I found it beautifully written, unique, and despite my reservations, very well worth reading. Many others must agree as I ...more
Sae-chan
It was like reading something I wrote in Composition Class when I was yay high "During summer vacation, we went to the woods and picked up some oranges, mangoes and bananas." In high school I went to my survival training course for the first time and learned first hand that all the edible leaves tasted awful.

I was actually hungry reading some of the first recipes, but then they became too pretentious that I got nauseous rolling my eyes. You can't just squeeze lemon juice on top of the salad, it
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Nicki
May 03, 2018 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: gave-up
I probably shouldn’t rate this as I didn’t read most of it, but the opening chapters weren’t grabbing me and I saw some very mixed reviews and decided to flick through a little to see if it seemed like it might improve further down. The writing seemed good, but it seemed to be too vague and not really proceeding as a story.
Lucky me, I opened on the Hermes the pig scene. Anyone who knows me can imagine how that went down. Sorry, that was horrid and I lost all interest in continuing with this
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Soumya Prasad
You know those stories that are exceptionally beautiful for more than 90% of it and then all goes downhill? Well, this was one such story. I loved the way it started and the way it continued with food being at the center of it. The story did complete justice to the food and it was indeed a delicious concoction. Then, towards the last 20-30 pages of the book, it just fell flat! Cliches and way too far-fetched turns ruined this otherwise good book.

3.5 stars!
Atiq Aziz
Slow-pace story line, this book is about how a heart-broken Japanese woman -Rinko try to cope with life after she has been cheated by her Indian boyfriend.

She lost the ability to talk. She then went back to her hometown and start a restaurant; as cooking is her favorite activity. She enjoy using various raw ingredient and cooked for her customers.

The relationship between Rinko and her mother was also delivered in beautiful manner.
Maureen
Sep 19, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is an odd book - the story on the surface of a daughter returning to her home - disguises some oddities - like a total lack of necessity in the living of the life -however leaving that to one side, there is something fascinating, for me at least, in the detailed descriptions of the food.
I like too the life philosophy, where significance is sought and earned - rather than tacked on.
It's lightweight - but charming.
Chitra Ahanthem
What a lovely read... there's something indescribably beautiful about this book's writing style. It's a simple story about Rinko who comes back to her village after a hiatus of 15 yrs and open a restaurant that serves just one customer a day...there's the matter of her angst with her mother too...i loved it that a book that talks about food and cooking does not get into the specifics of recipes and elaborate information on cooking...
Heidi Burkhart
May 04, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I actually bought myself a copy of this book because a review that a friend wrote raved about Ito Ogawa and her book. For the most part I am glad that I did. I liked the writing, the characters, and the delicate way that the story was told. Food descriptions were mostly lovely, with one big exception which I will not describe since it is a spoiler.

I will have my eye on Ogawa's future publications!
Heather Tucker
Aug 14, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Emily
Jan 22, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A lovely book with a lot of heart. All about finding what is beautiful in life, irrespective of what life throws at you.
Sandy B
Sep 25, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance
Not for vegetarians.....
Sudha Sunder
Possibly the first book I read that had been both beautiful and disappointing..
Ari Carr
The first 120 pages were fantastic. The last 80 pages are downright bizarre. Don't read the end if you've eaten recently, that's all I'll say.
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Ito Ogawa (小川 糸 Ogawa Ito; 1973) is a Japanese novelist, lyricist and translator.
“The world is so much bigger than you know, and if you set your mind to it you can go anywhere. It's just a flight away, whether you want to go eat hippo meat in Tanzania, or anything!” 1 likes
“Tôi nghĩ con người không thể lúc nào cũng chỉ biết đến những cảm xúc thuần khiết.
Tuy mức độ vẩn đục ở mỗi người là khác nhau, nhưng tâm hồn ai cũng chứa cả nước lẫn bùn.
Thực ra tôi chỉ đoán bừa thôi, người cao đạo vẫn có lúc nói những điều tầm thường, kẻ dưới đáy xã hội biết đâu vẫn có trong mình chút gì đẹp đẽ, như một mảnh của viên đá quý sáng lên lấp lánh khi gặp ánh mặt trời, dù rằng nếu không phóng to gấp mấy lần bằng kính hiển vi thì khó lòng mà nhận biết.”
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