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by Jill Tanner,Monica Ali

eBook In the Kitchen download ISBN: 1440725403
Author: Jill Tanner,Monica Ali
Publisher: Recorded Books; Unabridged edition (November 1, 2009)
Language: English
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Category: Literature
Subcategory: Literary

Monica Ali is the author of two previous books, Brick Lane and Alentejo Blue. The office was a white stud-walled cubicle in the corner of the kitchen, with a surfeit of air-conditioning ducts and a window over the battlefield

Monica Ali is the author of two previous books, Brick Lane and Alentejo Blue. Also by Monica Ali. Brick lane. The office was a white stud-walled cubicle in the corner of the kitchen, with a surfeit of air-conditioning ducts and a window over the battlefield. Apart from Gabe’s desk and chair, the filing cabinet and a stand for the printer, there was room for one other plastic seat, squeezed in between desk and door.

In the Kitchen is a novel by Monica Ali, first published in 2009. The novel follows Gabriel Lightfoot, an executive chef in a hotel restaurant in contemporary London. Gabriel Lightfoot, an ambitious man from an old northern English mill town, is an executive chef at the Imperial Hotel in London, where he must manage an unruly but talented group of immigrant cooks while aiming to please the hotel's new owners.

Monica Ali's hugely successful debut novel was set among the Bangladeshi community of London's East End and .

She now returns to more familiar territory with In the Kitchen, which picks up Brick Lane's themes of national identity, belonging, family, loyalty and considers them against the shifting lives of London's migrant workers. Nowhere is the sense of transience more acute than in a city hotel, and the Imperial Hotel in Piccadilly – Ali's setting – embodies that impermanence: "If the Imperial were a person. you would say here is someone who does not know who she i.

Monica Ali has written a novel that will take us to many places, sweat shops, the inside workings of a. .Monica Ali is one of the best writers living today

Monica Ali has written a novel that will take us to many places, sweat shops, the inside workings of a restaurant, human trafficking and the degradation of humans and then, finally realization. Highly Recommended, prisrob 06-25-09. Monica Ali is one of the best writers living today. Although I preferred BRICK LANE which is a masterpiece, IN THE KITCHEN gives the reader a fascinating look at the inner workings of a big hotel kitchen with it's hierarchy and how the darker the skin or the farther from the EU the person is born the lower the rank.

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In The Kitchen is Monica Ali's stunning follow up to Brick Lane

In The Kitchen is Monica Ali's stunning follow up to Brick Lane. It is both the portrait of a man pushed to the edge, and a wry and telling look into the melting pot which is our contemporary existence. It confirms Monica Ali not only as a great modern storyteller but also an acute observer of the dramas of modern life.

Jill Tanner gets inside Lightfoot's mind and taps into other characters' unique speech patterns. Especially melodious are the expressive tones of sous chef Una, whose lyrical Jamaican accent sparkles. The novel's scintillating humor is brightened by Tanner's inspired pacing. Library Ed., Recorded Books, 2009. 75, Sixteen cassettes.

I read this with great anticipation, having heard great things about Monica Ali, and having an interest in cooking and what goes on in a professional kitchen. I found the novel brutally disappointing, however, and actually struggled to finish it. I didn't like Chef Gabriel, and couldn't understand the motivations behind his actions and desires. The characters seemed under-developed and generally unlikable on the whole.

Monica Ali, nominated for the Man Booker Prize, the Los Angeles Times Book Prize, and the National Book Critics . In the Kitchen is utterly contemporary yet has all the drama and heartbreak of a great nineteenth-century novel. Ali is sheer pleasure to read, a truly magnificent writer.

Monica Ali, nominated for the Man Booker Prize, the Los Angeles Times Book Prize, and the National Book Critics Circle Award, has written a follow-up to Brick Lane that will further establish her as one of England's most compelling and original voices. Gabriel L ightfoot is an enterprising man from a northern E ngland mill town, making good in London.

The scenario of Monica Ali's latest book is a promisingly ambitious one. Set in the cramped kitchen of a London hotel, it sets out to describe the experiences of the immigrants who staff the Imperial with the same intimacy and tender detail that made her debut, Brick Lane, so heralded. Ali recreates the claustrophobic, territorial atmosphere of their work-place with aplomb, delineating the rivalries and casual friendships which splutter and flare as each shift mops, chops and sautés under the preoccupied gaze of the hotel's executive chef - who is the novel's fatal flaw.

Gabriel Lightfoot is an enterprising man from a northern England mill town, making good in London. As executive chef at the once-splendid Imperial Hotel, he is trying to run a tight kitchen. But his integrity, to say nothing of his sanity, is under constant challenge from the competing demands of an exuberant multinational staff, a gimlet-eyed hotel management, and business partners with whom he is secretly planning a move to a restaurant of his own. Despite the pressures, all his hard work looks set to pay off. Until a worker is found dead in the kitchen's basement. It is a small death, a lonely death -- but it is enough to disturb the tenuous balance of Gabe's life. Elsewhere, Gabriel faces other complications. His father is dying of cancer, his girlfriend wants more from their relationship, and the restaurant manager appears to be running an illegal business under Gabe's nose. Enter Lena, an eerily attractive young woman with mysterious ties to the dead man. Under her spell, Gabe makes a decision, the consequences of which strip him naked and change the course of the life he knows -- and the future he thought he wanted. Readers and reviewers have been stunned by the breadth of humanity in Monica Ali's fiction. She is compared to Dickens and called one of three British novelists who are "the voice of a generation" by Time magazine. In the Kitchen is utterly contemporary yet has all the drama and heartbreak of a great nineteenth-century novel. Ali is sheer pleasure to read, a truly magnificent writer. Playaway is the only format that makes audiobooks accessible for everyone-providing the portability of a digital audiobook with the grab-and-go convenience of a physical format. Unlike CDs, Audio Cassettes or downloads, Playaway does not need a separate player. Playaway comes preloaded and ready to use with High Definition Audio Content, earbuds, and a battery.
Comments: (7)
Marilore
Monica Ali has written another novel that may very well be one of her best. If you can slog through the first third of the book, then you have it made. The story of a citizen in a city in a country that is changing its work and its ethics as we speak. Gabriel Lightfoot, a chef at the Imperial Hotel. He is talented, a good boss and does not settle fools lightly. That we know, or we think we know. As the novel proceeds we find that what we think we know has completely changed. What we want for Gabe, is for him to marry his lovely woman, buy his own place, spend time with his dad and Nana and live the life he wants. What occurs during the novel is a story of how a world changes when we least expect it. One small incident can bloom into a life altering event.

Yuri, a maintenance man at the hotel is found dead. An accident of course. The police come and an investigation ensues. Gabe is sure all is well until little surprises pop up. A young woman, Lena, in the country illegally has been living with Yuri and is homeless. Gabe takes her in and life as he knows it will never be the same.

At the same time, Gabe's father, Ted is dying of liver cancer. His sister, Jenny is doing the best she can to care for him and then Nana, their grandmother comes to live. Gabe must go home to see dad and set things right.

Charlie, Gabe's lovely girlfriend, is someone he wants to spend the rest of his life with. In between his job and Lena and his dad and Jenny and his work, things fall apart.

Mr Maddox runs the Imperial hotel and he has asked Gabe to investigate to see if there is anything amiss. Gabe takes notice and finds some things astray, but nothing comes together, easily.

Gabe, has made a pact with two businessmen to open a restaurant and Gabe will be the Chef. Life will be oh, so good and he will have his own place.

All of these people are depending upon Gabe to set things right. Gabe is a hard working man, centering his life on his job and Charlie until all the various factions come into play. The last two thirds of this novel will take you on a wild ride. Filled with many different people of all backgrounds, circumstances and life will become very difficult. All that Gabe thought he knew has turned completely topsy turvy.

Monica Ali has written a novel that will take us to many places, sweat shops, the inside workings of a restaurant, human trafficking and the degradation of humans and then, finally realization.

Highly Recommended, prisrob 06-25-09

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Malodor
Monica Ali is one of the best writers living today. Although I preferred BRICK LANE which is a masterpiece, IN THE KITCHEN gives the reader a fascinating look at the inner workings of a big hotel kitchen with it's hierarchy and how the darker the skin or the farther from the EU the person is born the lower the rank. I think about this book every time I go to a big restaurant. It's definitely worth a read.
Kekinos
This is my first Monica Ali book and honestly probably will not read another. Felt like the author took a bunch of ideas and tried unsuccessfully to build into a book. Thought the book was disjointed. No clearcut character development. One minute Gabriel is a successful chef getting ready to start his own restaurant and the next minute he has a nervous breakdown, stripping off his clothes, and then he ends up on a farm of slave-like immigrant workers who coincidentally work on a farm owned by his co-worker that the crazy hotel manager has asked him to get dirt on (because all hotel execs ask the chef to do this). Then ends up sane again? and his ex-girlfriend calls him and you have hope that they will get back. Not at all believable. If the idea was to tell a story about the plight of immigrant workers in England, my opinion is that this was never really developed.
Wenyost
I was a fan of "Brick Lane", so I looked forward to this read with great anticipation. The premise (a hotel kitchen filled with staff from multi-ethnic backgrounds) held great promise.

However, it simply did not deliver. I had to literally push myself thru this book. Ali failed to fully develop the MANY characters that she introduced into the story. Hence, it was too easy to either get them mixed up, or worse, to forget them altogether. By the time I was half-way thru the book, I didn't even care about the protagonist, Gabriel Lightfoot. AND...The "murder" had virtually NOTHING to do with the plot.

In short, it was a bit of a BOMB; I have to give this one a BIG THUMBS DOWN! ...NMR
Mopimicr
Characters were fairly well-developed although plot was a little thin, it was like watching a train wreck. Not necessarily enjoyable, but you can't look away.
Uleran
This was too convoluted and confusing, and in the end I was disappointed. It wasn't terrible, but I don't recommend it unless you have NOTHING better to do.
Frlas
I picked up this novel not knowing what I was getting into and, now that I've read it, I'm sorry I did. The writer is technically talented, no doubt, but this story is horrendous. Nothing is explained, nothing makes sense and maybe that's edgy but I need more. Not to mention that the chef protagonist is no one you'd want to have a meal with, let alone get inside his head while he's in the middle of a nervous breakdown. I did not believe a word of it, from the protagonist's love affair with a skinny, lying prostitute to the idea that two well-to-do gentlemen would put up their reputations and fortunes to go into business with this executive chef who, truth be told, they don't seem to like very much. Who does? Not me.

Don't bother.
Book was slow and hard to get into. So many names thrown at you so quickly.