The Glass Kitchen (2014) by Linda Francis Lee takes a woman with a culinary heritage from Texas to Manhattan as she searches for a new life.
Portia Cuthcart has lost her dream. She planned to run the family restaurant established by her grandmother. But life interrupts with betrayal, and Portia heads for NY, where her sisters have settled.
She owns the garden apartment in a brownstone, and intends to live there even though her sisters have sold their interest in the building to Gabriel Kane, who expects Portia to do the same. As she settles into her new world, Portia begins to cook again, for her sisters and her new neighbors, and finds herself pulled into the family drama that swirls around her.
As she cooks for Kane and his daughters while making discoveries about her own family relationships, Portia uncovers truths about herself and the power of following her heart, and her magic.
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Tagged cooking, family, fiction, food fiction, Linda Francis Lee, literature, magic realism, Manhattan, romance, Texas
The Secret of the Nightingale Palace (2013) by Dana Sachs is my kind of book. First of all there is a road trip. Who can resist a cross-country adventure? But wait, there’s more! Did I mention inter-generational family bonding? What fun!
Anna Rosenthal is a thirty-five-year-old artist and widow who is struggling with the loss two years earlier of her husband. When she receives an unexpected call from her demanding, estranged grandmother Goldie, she learns that her elderly relative wants her to drive them across the country to San Francisco in the older woman’s Rolls Royce. Tough decision, right?
Goldie’s personality is sharp, and the two trade barbs along with pieces of themselves as they pursue Goldie’s mission to return precious artwork kept for old friends during their internment. But as all literal journeys tend to do, it unfolds as a trip into the nature of their relationship, their personalities, and Goldie’s secret past in San Francisco. Anna learns as much about her grandmother as she does about herself.
This well-written tale moves back and forth across decades and is narrated by both Anna and Goldie. I look forward to enjoying this intriguing book.
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Tagged artwork, cross-country adventure, Dana Sachs, family bonding, internment, mystery, relationships, road trip, San Francisco