A Table by the Window, by Hillary Manton Lodge, is an interesting novel. It is full of recipes for the aspiring chef. It tells the story of a young woman attempting to make important life decisions and deal with difficult issues.
Juliette D’Alisa has the chance to open a restaurant with her brother. Coming from a family of restaurant owners and chefs, a part of her wants to jump at the chance. But having failed in the effort once, she is not sure it is wise to give up her journalism career as a food writer. When she begins talking to a man she met on an on-line dating sight, she is excited about the possibilities. But he lives in Memphis, and she lives in Portland. Trying to deal with the death of her grandmother as well as her mother’s cancer, she struggles with the many possible changes in her life.
This book was interesting, but I had a difficult time enjoying it fully. While the many references to gourmet cooking and recipes may appeal to many readers, they left me a little frustrated. I did enjoy the story line. I found myself sympathizing with Juliette and wondering who the man in the picture she found could be.
I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys gourmet cooking.
I received this book free from the publisher and was not required to write a positive review.