Sunday, December 5, 2010

Book Review: Georgia's Kitchen

Title: Georgia's Kitchen
Author: Jenny Nelson
Publisher: Gallery Books
Pub Date: August 2010
ISBN: 978-4391-7333-6
Pages: 319

I received a copy of this book for free from the publisher for my honest review.

Synopsis from the book:
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 set for the ambitious bride-to-be until a scathing restaurant review destroys her reputation. To add salt to her wounds, Glenn suddenly calls off the wedding.

Brokenhearted, Georgia escapes to the Italian countryside, where she sharpens her skills at a trattoria run by a world-class chef who seems to have it all-a devoted lover, a magnificent villa, and most important, a kitchen of her own. Georgia quells her longings with Italy's delectable offerings: fine wine, luscious cheeses, cerulean blue skies, and irresistible Gianni-an expert in the vineyard and the bedroom. So when Gianne tempts Georgia to stay in Italy with an offer no sane top chef could refuse, why can't she say yes?

An appetite for something larger than love weighs heavy on Georgia's heart-the desire to run her very own restaurant. But with a ruined career in New York and no business partner in sight, she must stir up more than just the courage to chase after her dreams if she is to find her way home.

About the Author:
Jenny Nelson lives with her husband, twin daughters, and dog in Millbrook, New York, and Manhattan, where she was editor and producer at,, and This is her first novel.

My review:
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 will all check it out.

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