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The Glass Kitchen
by Linda Francis Lee

Published: 2014-06-17
Hardcover : 384 pages
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With the glass kitchen,

Linda Francis Lee has served up a novel that is about the courage

it takes to follow your heart and be yourself.

A true recipe for life.

Portia Cuthcart never intended to leave Texas. Her dream was to run the Glass Kitchen restaurant her grandmother built decades ago. ...

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With the glass kitchen,

Linda Francis Lee has served up a novel that is about the courage

it takes to follow your heart and be yourself.

A true recipe for life.

Portia Cuthcart never intended to leave Texas. Her dream was to run the Glass Kitchen restaurant her grandmother built decades ago. But after a string of betrayals and the loss of her legacy, Portia is determined to start a new life with her sisters in Manhattan . . . and never cook again. But when she moves into a dilapidated brownstone on the Upper West Side, she meets twelve-year-old Ariel and her widowed father Gabriel, a man with his hands full trying to raise two daughters on his own. Soon, a promise made to her sisters forces Portia back into a world of magical food and swirling emotions, where she must confront everything she has been running from. What seems so simple on the surface is anything but when long-held secrets are revealed, rivalries exposed, and the promise of new love stirs to life like chocolate mixing with cream.

The Glass Kitchen is a delicious novel, a tempestuous story of a woman washed up on the shores of Manhattan who discovers that a kitchen--like an island--can be a refuge, if only she has the courage to give in to the pull of love, the power of forgiveness, and accept the complications of what it means to be family.

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ON THE MORNING her sister went missing, Portia Cuthcart woke up to thoughts of blueberries and peaches.

The taste of fruit filled her mouth, so sweet, so real, as if she’d been eating in her dreams. With a groggy yawn, she scooted out of bed. She pulled on her favorite fluffy slippers and big-girl’s robe, then shuffled into the tiny kitchen of the double-wide trailer on the outskirts of Willow Creek, Texas. Without thinking about what she was doing, she pulled blueberries from the icebox and peaches from the fruit bin. ... view entire excerpt...

Discussion Questions

How would you describe the family dynamic in the Kane household? What role does each family member play? How would you describe the dynamic between Portia, Olivia and Cordelia?

On page 85, Portia describes a time when, after a fight, she and her sisters filled jars with homemade strawberry preserves. She says that, “the preserves had been the bridge back to each other…” Can you think of times in your own life when the acts of dining or cooking have played a larger role?

Did you have any ideas or guesses about what might have happened during the car accident that Ariel was trying so hard to avoid and hide? Were you surprised when Ariel revealed the truth about what happened?

When Ariel finds her mother’s memory box, she realizes that, “she couldn’t hide anymore from the stuff she didn’t want to know”. There are several characters that, throughout this story, have trouble facing various truths. Which characters, and what are they hiding from?

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We try not to use questions, but go around the table and ask everyone what they thought of the book.
by ruckus (see profile) 07/22/15

Notes From the Author to the Bookclub

"A sumptuous feast of family secrets, love affairs

and cravings of the human heart..

an irresistible read." —Elin Hilderbrand

New York Times bestselling author of Beautiful Day

Book Club Recommendations

Recipes in book
by kmkremer07 (see profile) 08/27/15
There are recipes at the end of the book. Would be a great way to experience the meal in the book.
If you are into making your book club meetings enjoyable then see what our book club did with this book.
by ruckus (see profile) 07/22/15
We have a different facilitator for every month, they get to pick the book and tie in the meeting with the book. Our facilitator decide that she would prepare lunch for us and she used the recipes that are listed in the back of the book. It worked out beautifully. Everyone loved the menu and really appreciated something so different. A good time was had by all and the dicussion of the book went very well with the food.

Member Reviews

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by Christie L. (see profile) 09/17/17

  "The Glass Kitchen"by Peggy C. (see profile) 10/02/16

Interesting dynamic among the sisters.

  "The glass kitchen"by Laurie J. (see profile) 08/21/16

This was a great summer read! It was fun and light! I really enjoyed it! So did most of the club members.

by Christine M. (see profile) 08/17/16

by Sharon J. (see profile) 08/17/16

  "The Glass Kitchen"by Linda M. (see profile) 11/10/15

Interesting concept, the knowing but a bit confusing at times. Characters not always fully developed but their identity crisis seems resolved. Who is Anthony and why does he suddenly blurt out that he... (read more)

by Katie R. (see profile) 08/28/15

  "Good summer read"by Kayla K. (see profile) 08/27/15

The Glass Kitchen is a nice light summer read. The descriptive writing really helps you put yourself into the pages. The characters were fun and easy to relate to. Recommend to anyone looking a fun, adventureous... (read more)

  "The Glass Kitchen"by Elaine B. (see profile) 07/22/15

I loved this book it was charming, whimsical and a bit of magic. I found it filled with unforgetable characters, I felt as if I knew them my whole life. It was at times sweet, sexy and funny. Mouthwatering... (read more)

  "The Glass Kitchen Didn't Fill Me Up"by Nancy B. (see profile) 03/04/15

The Glass Kitchen was a bit too transparent for me. The story revolves around three sisters who were raised by their grandmother when both of their parents die. The grandmother runs The Glass Kitchen,... (read more)

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