Elza’s Kitchen Synopsis
For years, Elza has gotten by. A divorcee out of culinary school, she started her own little restaurant in the mid-size Hungarian city of Delibab, and she’s grown a decent business, cooking quality versions of Hungarian classics and serving them with a smile. But lately her smile has gotten tired. Her loveless affair with her sous-chef has become an irritation. She’s getting sick of the same old dishes and the same old customers. And in these nascent years of capitalism, it will take some competition – both personal and professional – to make her see that her restaurant, and her happiness, are worth fighting for.
Marc Fitten fell in love with Hungary after years spent living there, and his second novel is a celebration of its culture and cuisine, as well as a portrait of a woman and her country in transition. (Amazon)
The Book Beginning is:
Elza woke alone. Alone and distraught over it.
I did not read Marc Fitten’s first novel, Valeria’s Last Stand, but read lots of positive reviews so I was excited to receive this next title of his from Bloomsbury for review.
It is early days but so far I am enjoying the slightly offbeat and direct prose.