Elza's Kitchen by Marc Fitten
A Novel

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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.
 

About Marc Fitten

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Marc Fitten was born in Brooklyn and lived in Hungary from 1993-1998. He is the former editor of the Chattahoochee Review and of the Red Hen Press Literary Translation series. Marc Fitten's first novel, Valeria's Last Stand, was published in six countries. He lives in Atlanta.
 
Published July 1, 2012 by Bloomsbury USA. 225 pages
Genres: Humor & Entertainment, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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While Elza’s story is an easy and engaging read, Fitten also manages to subtly track the progress of a nation and its people—specifically its women (they’re the only ones given proper names)—as they pursue a better life.

Apr 09 2012 | Read Full Review of Elza's Kitchen: A Novel

The Independent

Fitten takes more than two chapters to describe Elza's ennui and so the story doesn't really get going until chapter three, when Elza decides that a review by Europe's most influential restaurant columnist, the Critic, will put her small restaurant on the map.

Aug 05 2012 | Read Full Review of Elza's Kitchen: A Novel

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