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Georgia's Kitchen by Jenny Nelson
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Aug 03, 2011

really liked it
bookshelves: humor, romance, womens-fiction
Read in August, 2011

I have just read "Georgia's Kitchen" by Jenny Nelson, and it is a colorful, cuisine-filled story of one talented and likeable young chef's journey to the place where she was always meant to be. When we first meet Georgia Grey, she is on the brink of becoming a married woman, and her star continues to rise as the head chef of a popular New York eatery. Her fiance, Glenn, is a successful entertainment lawyer, and they share an apartment, a dog, and a mostly good romantic history. The restaurant where Georgia works is owned and operated by Marco, a morally ambiguous man who named his eatery after himself. At the same time that Georgia realizes Glenn has a substance abuse problem and other secrets, Marco's unfortunate treatment of a restaurant reviewer's very young daughter earns the eatery a scathing review. To save face, Marco blames the review on Georgia's cooking, and she loses her job. She also loses her fiance and her dreams of a productive life in the big city. She does what any smart and savvy heartbroken woman would do, and she heads for the hills. The Tuscan hills. Tuscany, Italy, where she has a friend who is opening a new restaurant and is in need of a skilled chef. Georgia's life takes on amazing new and unexpected aspects, including a relationship with the charming and sensual Gianni, owner of the winery next to her friend's restaurant. He tempts Georgia in more ways than one, including offering her a position as head chef at a prestigious hotel in which he owns a partnership. Georgia's sojourn to Tuscany was meant to be temporary--a time of healing. Now, she is faced with some soul-searching decision making. Should she stay in beautiful, sun-drenched Tuscany with a marvelous new opportunity to dazzle the world with her cooking skills and also enjoy the attentions of the gorgeous Gianni? Georgia is a very appealing character with heart and spirit, and how her life comes full circle and she returns to the spotlight is an involving tale full of astute observations about the restaurant world and the powerful elite movers and shakers who operate behind the scenes. The food is mouth-watering and quite varied. From Georgia's Nana's home cooking, to the incredible haute cuisine of New York's finest dining, to the rustic elegance of Tuscan wine and native food favorites, you will truly savor the meals you are served from "Georgia's Kitchen"!

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