In the Kitchen
In the Kitchen:
by Monica Ali
$26.99 List Price
If you’ve ever wondered what life in the kitchen of a grand old London hotel might be like, Monica Ali’s painstakingly detailed new novel, In the Kitchen, is the book for you. In describing the intricate hierarchy that prevails in the restaurant of the Imperial Hotel, the complex choreography it takes to pull off an evening’s dinner service, and the intensity of the personal interactions that underlie the professional ones, Ali reveals a dining establishment’s inner workings with a thoroughness that’s revelatory and disturbing. Do you really want to know what it takes to cater your evenings out?
At the same time, it’s impossible to tear your eyes away. From the suspenseful opening pages, Ali makes it clear that there’s much more going on here than just food preparation. Her setting is a front for a more pressing
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