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The Restaurant of Love Regained by Ito Ogawa

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A different and delicious read. It is interesting as it has no chapters and you quickly get immersed in the the life of the central character Rinko who is forced to move back to her mother's village after her boyfriend leaves her. There she opens a restaurant 'The Katatsumuri', a magic place whose delicate food can heal any heartache and help its customers find love again.

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The Restaurant of Love Regained by Ito Ogawa

Returning home from work, Rinko is shocked to find that her flat is totally empty. Gone are her TV set, fridge and furniture, gone are all her kitchen tools, including the old Meiji mortar she has inherited from her grandmother and the Le Creuset casserole she has bought with her first salary. Gone, above all, is her Indian boyfriend, the maitre d' of the restaurant next door to the one she works in. She has no choice but to go back to her native village and her mother, on which she turned her back ten years ago as a fifteen-year-old girl. There she decides to open a very special restaurant, one that serves food for only one couple every day, according to their personal tastes and wishes and magic things start to happen.

About the Author

Born in 1973, Ito Ogawa is a Japanese singer and the author of several children's books. The Restaurant of Love Regained, her first novel, is a bestseller in Japan and has been adapted into a successful movie. Ito runs a hugely popular website where she offers daily recipes of Japanese cuisine.

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Book Info

Publication date

26th April 2012


Ito Ogawa

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Alma Books Ltd


256 pages


Family Drama
Relationship Stories

Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)



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