• Title: Soul Kitchen
  • Author: Poppy Z. Brite
  • ISBN: 9780307237651
  • Page: 415
  • Format: Paperback
  • Soul Kitchen If you can t stand the heatGet the hell out of New Orleans Liquor has become one of the hottest restaurants in town thanks in part to chefs Rickey and G man s wildly creative booze laced food At the
    If you can t stand the heatGet the hell out of New Orleans Liquor has become one of the hottest restaurants in town, thanks in part to chefs Rickey and G man s wildly creative, booze laced food At the tail end of a busy Mardi Gras, Milford Goodman walks into their kitchen he s spent the last ten years in Angola Prison for murdering his boss, a wealthy New Orleans restaIf you can t stand the heatGet the hell out of New Orleans Liquor has become one of the hottest restaurants in town, thanks in part to chefs Rickey and G man s wildly creative, booze laced food At the tail end of a busy Mardi Gras, Milford Goodman walks into their kitchen he s spent the last ten years in Angola Prison for murdering his boss, a wealthy New Orleans restaurateur, but has recently been exonerated on new evidence and released Rickey remembers him as an ingenious chef and hires him on the spot When a pill pushing doctor and a Carnival scion talk Rickey into consulting at the restaurant they re opening in one of the city s floating casinos, Rickey recommends Milford for the head chef position and stays on to supervise But soon Rickey finds himself medicating a kitchen injury with the doctor s wares, and G man grows tired of holding down the fort at Liquor alone As the new restaurant moves toward its opening, Rickey learns that Milford s past is inextricably linked with one of the project s backers, a man whose intentions begin to seem and sinister.Full of the flavor of one of America s greatest cities, Soul Kitchen is a sharp commentary on race relations in pre Katrina New Orleans and a fast ride through the dark side of haute cuisine.

    One Reply to “Soul Kitchen”

    1. I read this third installment in the Liquor series in just three days and found it to be the best of the series. The scene that takes place in the Polonius Room, a restaurant with a Netherlands chef who has decided to introduce New Orleans to "molecular gastronomy", are hilarious and pretty much echo my views on the level of ridiculous some restaurants have taken "cooking", if such a label can even be applied to that type of theatre. Beyond this laugh-til-you-cry scene, Poppy Z. Brite takes on a [...]

    2. I picked up this book as it was placed on a cart next to me as I brooded away writing in my local library. I was surprised to find that this story was not only a great read, but it gave me some insight of New Orleans, it's culture, and how food plays a great part in that culture. After finding out that this book was the third in a series, I quickly went back and god "Liquor," which is the first by Brite.

    3. I've read this book because I'd also read the other 2 books of this series. I like the writing style, but after already have read 2 of these books, the 3rd one was just one too many. The thing is, the books are about the daily life's of two chefs and their restaurant. Nothing overly exciting happens or only for like a few pages. There is only so much of this a person can read, even when the writing style is wonderful.

    4. I dread reading this. There are apparently some Rickey and G-man short stories available, but this is (or will be, for me) the last novel/novella. I can't stand the thought of it. Kid you not.

    5. I enjoyed the hell out of this book. I didn't want to stop reading it. The first two were fun but lacking. This one was really fun and less lacking. I found I liked reading about Rickey and G-man. Maybe I've finally gotten to know them enough to enjoy reading about them and their life. Also, Brite seems to get a little out of control when there is excessive plot, so I liked that this one just meandered along. There were some plots, but the whole book wasn't focused on one hackneyed idea. Milford [...]

    6. Man, I devoured this book pun intended. More like a snack than a full meal, "Soul Kitchen" is a fast read, but by no means a "casual" read. Brite throws plenty of problems at partners-in-every-way-possible Rickey and G-man, owners and head chefs of trendy restaurant Liquor. Much like in the first two books, the dark undercurrent of danger saves the book from seeming a little too precious about the New Orleans restaurant scene. I'm not even sure what I mean by that statement, but I understand wha [...]

    7. This was my first encounter with Rickey and G-Man. I read this book on a recommendation from a family member and to be honest I didn't know what to expect (I was unsure if my aunt and I had similar tastes in fiction). After reading the back cover and saw that the book accumulated to less than 300 pages, I figured why not give it a shot. Soul Kitchen is unlike anything I've read up to this point, and it has opened my eyes to the importance of character development. Many of my previous reads are m [...]

    8. "e wealthy elite of New Orleans were like great dark sea creatures circling below the water's surface, things not to be messed with or even much thought of."I think this book was my favorite out of the series. I guess it's because I felt most invested in the lives of the main characters. This time, Chef Rickey is asked to be a part of a casino restaurant, and he's rubbing elbows with some of the city's sleazier residents. Clancy Fairbairn, the (sort of) secret king of the Cronus Mardi Gras krewe [...]

    9. Oh Poppy, where have you been all my life?I absolutely love this book. Its perfect, she writes with such confidence and has such a command over every aspect of the story, which unfolds in such a level-headed, down to earth fashion. There isn't a false note in the entire book.And such authentic flavor in both the exotic New Orleans location and the life of a chef and the day to day components and responsibilities of running a restaurant.I guess I've never really read anything by Brite but I've al [...]

    10. Spoilery, proceed with caution. Read for the second time in 2014, originally read in 2006 or 2007. This is the last of the PZB re-reading I'll be doing for some time. This time around, I didn't enjoy this one quite as much. Rickey is not in a good space mentally or physically, and he becomes addicted to painkillers, while becoming distant from G-Man. He does his best to help out Milford by setting him up with a great chef job, and Milford insults him to his face before a very tragic (yet zany!) [...]

    11. There's not much I could say but what I already said in my previous reviews. This is a lovely little series! I started feeling quite at home with the guys in this one and finally came to terms with this kind of Brite novel. She's got her characters so perfectly under control, it's a delight to read and even though I simply *knew* that something bad and ugly was going to happen, she still surprised me when it did. Good work, good story, brilliant characters and an author who knows what they're ta [...]

    12. Excellent. Fun, interesting, not mushy. We connect back with Rickey and G-Man and their lives running a successful restaurant, Liquor, while trying to have a life, enjoy it and be good to each other and others. The plot is mostly about Rickey helping out an old work friend to get back on his feet and getting the short end of the stick for doing something good. It's as good as the first two in the series with us getting to know the characters better (I especially liked how Lenny has grown since t [...]

    13. Rickey and G-Man are life partners who manage a restaurant, Liquor, in New Orleans. Rickey decides to hire Michael Goodman, a man he remembers as being a brilliant chef. Goodman was falsely imprisoned for ten years for murder, and when the town finds out he was hired for the position, controversy ensues. Rickey’s doctor is well aware of Liquor’s success, which prompts him to ask Rickey to consult at the opening of a new floating casino restaurant, Soul Kitchen. Can Rickey still pay attention [...]

    14. I think this is my favorite of the series. I've been reading Brite's blog for a few years now and I can really tell which bits of the story are the most autobiographical. It gives an insight into the setting and the characters' motivations that makes the novel more fun.Having said that, there is one thing that bothers me about the book: the idea that an ex-con can't reintegrate into society. Maybe it's true. Maybe ex-cons, even the innocent ones, are so warped by their time in prison that they r [...]

    15. Hmm, I love some of Brite's writing but this storyline is getting a little stale. This is the third book in the series describing the cooking scene in New Orleans (brite's husband is a chef). The lead characters are chefs and partners in a business and the bed. Likeable.but the over the top situations are becoming scoobyish

    16. The third and (currently) last novel in Poppy Z. Brite's "Liquor" series suffers just a tiny bit compared to the last two, as familiarity begins to sink in. However, Brite's gift for character and dialogue still makes the book a fast, fun, breezy read, and even if he never continues this series, I think this is a good place to end it, even if some threads are left dangling.

    17. In this interesting story line, which does include an element of mystery, there are wonderful references to the history of New Orleans. The characters are fairly well developed and the setting is well-described. But this book does not really stand out as something special.Makes good summer reading.

    18. I read this book first and it's #3 in the seriesdidn't really matter too much, except for the few strings they tied up from book #2 being a bit of a spoiler. That'll teach me to look harder for the publication date before I start reading!ErI'm so ready for my own version of Shell Beach. Decent story, loved the background on the Mardi Gras Carnival King/Rex and Comus.

    19. An interesting book. I liked the main characters and that's about half the battle. I plan to go back and read the other two books in the series.I didn't like how the whole story played out, but I won't spoil you. It's definitely worth reading, especially if you like reading about food and how restaurants work.

    20. This is worlds different from the Poppy Z. Brite I grew up with, but I still enjoyed it very much! I love food, and I was fascinated by the descriptions of food and the restaurant business. And of course, I was engaged by the interesting cast of characters and their escapades. I am so looking forward to reading the rest of the books in the Liquor series!

    21. I went in to this one with something of a lump in my throat, because I knew when it was written and I knew what happened immediately afterwards. It was bittersweet, but at the same time beautiful -- a last, picture-perfect glimpse of New Orleans exactly as it was immediately before the disaster that changed everything.

    22. The third of the "Liquor" series brings in more aspects of the stressful lives of chefs, adding in self-medication problems, ex-cons, and more of the darker side to the restaurant culture of New Orleans. Another strong addition to the stories about Rickey and G-man from Poppy Z. Brite.

    23. Third in the G-Man and Rickey series. Poppy's husband is a chef in New Orleans, so she knows whereof she writes. Her characters are likable, believable, and make a damn good roux. I wish they were real so I could eat what they make!

    24. I like her books. Her characters are fun and rich from the almost down-and-outers to the corrupt ones with the power. I don't know a lot about New Orleans but she paints a picture of people I'd like to meet.

    25. Soul Kitchen was a great book, very engaging and entertaining, but having read her supernatural works first, a bit slow and uneventful. It took a while for things to build up, then suddenly, it was over. It left me wanting more, more of what? Excitement, story, detail? I am not exactly sure.

    26. Leaving the goth scene far behind, Brite nevertheless remains with her beloved New Orleans and in the series of books about chefs and restaurants (yes, chefs and restaurants) has launched two of her most lovable characters. Very quirky, very good fun, and very well written.

    27. I don't know why, but I'd never thought to look and see if there were more books in the Rickey & G-Man series until a couple weeks ago. This was fantastic, and brought back loveable characters in a pre-Katrina New Orleans.

    28. Somehow I missed "Prime" the second in this series but the third held up pretty well without it. Almost too much like the first one to make me pick up any more in this series. Lovely characters and some interesting plot twists but nothing special in my opinion.

    29. My least favourite of the Liquor series, while a wonderful continuation of the story I felt it reached too far, especially during the climactic central events. It turned wholly comic book in plot and characters at parts, though I'd pay dearly to see a graphic novel interpretation of this book.

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