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Soul Kitchen: A Novel Paperback – July 25, 2006
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First of all, the protagonists Rickey and G-man and are as lovable as ever and it's their sweet, subtle relationship that keeps me going back for more. Brite never fails to deliver with wonderful interaction between them that can go from making me cry to going all warm and fuzzy (multiples times with the same book, in some cases) with these two. Soul Kitchen delivers on that mark.
I also liked the aspect of racism and homophobia and the way that they are viewed from both sides. All of her characters offer diverse insights and the book makes you think about your own stance on certain issues from time to time, or at least it made me think. But don't worry, it's not preachy by any means. The "have gays suffered the same way black have" issue is still one I'm not 100% sure how I feel about. It's new territory for a Brite novel, so congrats on pushing forward rather than backtracking old ground PBZ. =)
The plot was good, the new crooked villain was not quite as interesting as Prime's but not as annoying as Liquor's. I've read before that people think her villains often lack luster, and being a big villain fan I should probably care, but overly intruiging bad guys would most likely take away from the heart of the series, so I'm not complaining.Read more ›
The Rickey and G-Man series, now in its third or fourth book (depending on to whom one talks; there has been debate for what seems like ages about whether The Value of X can be soncidered the first book in the series or not), continues on apace, and as fine as it's ever been. Liquor has now been a going concern for three years, and is still on top of the world, despite what seem to be neverending problems, both personal and professional, for the pair (Rickey more so than G-Man, natch). This time, the problems start when Milford Goodman, an ex-con framed for the murder of his last employer, comes in looking for a job. Rickey remembers him as a brilliant chef, and hires him-- much to the chagrin of a number of prominent townsfolk. When one of Rickey's regulars approaches him with the idea of consulting for a restaurant the regular is planning on opening on a floating casino, Rickey nominates Milford as the head chef. All well and good, until they find out one of the place's silent partners is connected to Milford's last employer's death.
None of the above is a spoiler, by the way, though it takes you about halfway through the novel; it's no more than you'll find out reading the back cover copy. Brite has once again given us a fun plot, some wonderful new characters, subplots to complicate things, and a smash-bang climax that will have you alternately laughing and cowering, but what she really has offered us in this series, what really makes it worth reading, is a stable of complex, well-drawn characters going about their daily business (what Maureen Corrigan calls a "work novel," at least in part). And that daily business is very, very interesting. If you like food-- and who doesn't?Read more ›
In SOUL KITCHEN, I was pleased and proud to find that Rickey and G-man have not only had further adventures in the delightfully well-told restaurant world but also have grown emotionally. They've changed in that way many real people wish they could, by facing personal and professional challenges head-on and rising to them, if not rising over them. There are recaps of some of the events in earlier books and I find them to be like looking at favorite pictures again. They help to tie the lives of the characters together in a way that some other authors burden the reader with doing. By including relevant reminders of which chef's knives are on the mantelpieces (so to speak,) it helps to know where things might go in SOUL KITCHEN.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This book describes the restaurant trade in New Orleans. It is indeed a great book.Published 14 months ago by Turtle Kientz
I adore this series and it saddens me that there won't be any more novels to follow this one.Published 16 months ago by Satine
While I don't think this volume is quite as strong as the previous 2, it's still a delight.
I love G-man and Rickey- both individually as extremely well-drawn and... Read more
Poppy Z Brite is an incredible author. She has a unique way of drawing you in to the characters and even though most of her subject matter is offensive to many by nature, her... Read morePublished on August 5, 2013 by SC Chef
Well I basically finished the main books in the Liqour series...now to read the prequel of sorts/the Value of X and the short novella called DUCK then I'll be done...:`(. Read morePublished on April 7, 2013 by Poppa Panda
I had to purchase this because a foster dog tore up the one from the Library. But I was almost glad because it gave me an extra couple weeks before it ended.Published on February 19, 2013 by big red dog
Poppy Z. Brite's horror novels are way too horrifying for me. Fortunately, I bought Liquor before I knew that. Read morePublished on May 31, 2009 by Pelba Dalrymple
My least favorite of the series about two NOLA chefs, it is nonetheless well written with lively characters.Published on May 19, 2008 by Film Fan Scot
I have to admit. I'm new to Poppy. Having filled my teenage mind back in high school with the likes of King, Rice, and Koontz, I was hesitant to start at the beginning of Brite's... Read morePublished on September 9, 2007 by Shannon L. Yarbrough