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Product Details

  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Gallery Books; 1 edition (August 3, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1439173338
  • ISBN-13: 978-1439173336
  • Product Dimensions: 8.2 x 5.2 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (65 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #429,784 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"A delightful meal of a read--delicious and satisfying. This new writer is one to watch!"
--Katie Crouch, New York Times bestselling author of Girls in Trucks and Men and Dogs

“All the right ingredients--a heart-warming heroine, a romp through Tuscany--make for a delicious book that leaves you hungry for more."
—Julie Buxbaum, author of The Opposite of Love and After You

“A fun read that women of all ages can relate to.”
--Giada De Laurentiis, New York Times bestselling author of Everyday Italian.

"Jenny Nelson delivers on her debut with a rich and delicious read. With a fresh, charming and spirited voice, Nelson will have readers cheering for Georgia!"
--Jane Porter, author of Flirting with Forty and Odd Mom Out

"Jenny Nelson is no flash in the pan; this delectable concoction of gastronomy and self-discovery, spiced with fashion and romance, will have her fans clamoring for more."
--Daphne Uviller, author of Super in the City

"Georgia Gray's adventures in the kitchens of New York City and Tuscany and with love on both continents, makes for a thoroughly enjoyable read. This glamorous and delicious tale will have readers cheering as the plucky heroine moves from disaster to dreams-come-true."
--Giulia Melucci, author of I Loved, I Lost, I Made Spaghetti

About the Author

JENNY NELSON lives with her husband, twin daughters and dog in Millbrook, NY and Manhattan, where she was editor and producer at iVillage.com, Vogue.com and Style.com. This is her first novel.

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Jenny Nelson is the author of Georgia's Kitchen, a novel about a head chef at a trendy New York restaurant who travels to Tuscany to open a trattoria. A former web executive and consultant, Jenny was editor and producer at iVillage, Vogue.com and Style.com. She lives with her husband, twin daughters and dog in Millbrook, NY and Manhattan. She is currently at work on her second novel.

Customer Reviews

After reading it, I wanted to rush out to buy more books of hers.
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This is an excellent debut from Nelson and I look forward to reading more from her.
Deborah
This is a perfect book, funny - well-paced - and written in a very engaging style.
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33 of 33 people found the following review helpful By N. Rogers VINE VOICE on August 5, 2010
Format: Paperback
After a terrible review (as the result of her idiot boss seducing the reviewer's barely legal daughter), head chef Georgia is out of a job and quickly finds herself without a fiancé as well. Seems the coke-addicted entertainment lawyer she intended to marry (even though she had a few doubts) feels their commitment drove him to drugs. Smartly, Georgia doesn't buy it and encourages the split; it's time to focus on her career and starting a restaurant of her own. It was incredibly refreshing to read a book with a female protagonist who didn't fall apart and who didn't do the happily ever after (yes, she does briefly flee to Italy for work, but her job options were minimal in New York); Georgia indulges romantically, but the restaurant becomes her focus as soon as the fiancé is out of the picture. Georgia later has a great conservation with her soon-to-be business partner where she tells him how she realized in Italy that she can be alone and that it's okay to ask for help.

The dialogue is great as are the relationships. The dynamic between Grammy (Dorothy's deceased mom) and Dorothy (Georgia's mom) and Georgia is incredibly well done.

Copy received from the publisher.
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23 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Deborah VINE VOICE on August 13, 2010
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I may not be a foodie when it comes to actual food, but I cannot get enough of foodie fiction. Seriously there is nothing better than a good story that involves food. I had a delightful time eating my lunch and reading this book. I swear the food I was eating tasted so much better than it normally would have due to the wonderful creations that were talked about in the story.

Georgia is a chef who is trying to make her mark in the culinary world. Unfortunately for her, she works in a restaurant where the owner cares more about getting into pants than watching his own. I was devastated at the turn of events that caused Georgia to be removed from her job. Even though I can sort of understand the reasoning behind it, it just makes no sense to me as to why she got the blame when it was due to a personal issue with the owner. Luckily though, these turn of events allows her to go to Italy where she's able to start fresh again.

I loved the travel aspect of the book. I could totally picture myself in Italy, creating dishes along side Georgia. There is great chemistry in the book with all the characters. Her coworkers and especially the head chef in Italy made for good reading. Georgia's relationship with her parents is interesting. Her mother seems to be oblivious to Glenn's faults and keeps thinking that Georgia has shorted herself in life by becoming a chef. I was worried that throughout the book she would keep lamenting at how Georgia had never reached her full potential and keep forcing her to a marriage that would be unhealthy for her. Luckily, their relationship patches up throughout the book though it is amusing how it happens. Her relationship with her father is a bit better but it is easy to see how even with their quirks and faults they both love their daughter very much.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Mr. B on August 6, 2010
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I really got into this book. You can really relate to Georgia. The storytelling style and pace of the narrative pull you in right from the beginning and you are eager to find out where the story is going. This is a perfect book, funny - well-paced - and written in a very engaging style. I definitely recommend you check it out.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Kathryn Sollmann on February 27, 2011
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If you're a serious foodie, you'll enjoy the food and restaurant descriptions. But the story itself is not much more than a bland, uninspired "made for TV movie".
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By V Fisher on July 19, 2011
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I love to pick up a book and find it so good, that I almost don't want to read too much at a time because I never want it to end. This book made me feel just the opposite. I couldn't wait to be done with it. (I hate to not finish a book at all.) In my opinion, the story wasn't original, the main character wasn't endearing at all and the writing was amateurish and lazy. All the good reviews baffle me.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Rural Intelligence on August 23, 2010
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This book is that rare creature: the perfect beach read. It is well-written, fast-paced and interesting. There are a lot of books out there that are "light reading" but to find one that is well written and intelligent is a real treat. I highly recommend this book -- don't worry that it's the author's first -- she's so good you'd think it was her tenth. Absolutely a page-turner.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Margaret H. Carey on August 20, 2010
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I read this novel every spare moment I had until I finished it. It is hard to leave for long. One gets caught up in the life of Georgia, of her challenges and frustrations, of her failures and aspirations. It is so easy for any of us to relate to. As Georgia moves from New York to Tuscany, and back to New York, the author does a brilliant job of making us feel as if we are there with her. Throughout the novel, one also learns quite a bit about the politics of the kitchen in restaurants, which is fascinating. And for those who like to cook, the book is an inspiration.

This engaging novel leaves one wondering what Georgia will do next. Hopefully there will be a sequel!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By elise on August 18, 2010
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All I can say is I am disappointed...disappointed that I am going to have to wait for the second novel to get more of Georgia and family. This booked had me spellbound and waiting for more at the end of every chapter. Jenny Nelson nails the descriptions of trendy and fast paced New York City, to the Hustle of restaurant life, to the serenity of Italy's rolling countrysides and slower, more romantic pace of life. She captures the essence of fine dining and it's attention to details. All which revolves around the story of a talented and beautiful young chef, Georgia, who through several disappointments learns not to focus on what she doesn't have , but on what she does have....a lesson we all should remember. Through hard work, persistence, and the help of others she finds her way to her dreams! An amazing first novel!
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