Friday, June 26, 2009

I Loved I Lost I Made Spaghetti Giveaway and Review


From failure to fusilli, this deliciously hilarious read tells the story of Giulia Melucci’s fizzled romances and the mouth-watering recipes she used to seduce her men, smooth over the lumps, and console herself when the relationships flamed out.

From an affectionate alcoholic, to the classic New York City commitment-phobe, to a hipster aged past his sell date, and not one, but two novelists with Peter Pan complexes, Giulia has cooked for them all. She suffers each disappointment with resolute cheer (after a few tears) and a bowl of pastina (recipe included) and has lived to tell the tale so that other women may go out, hopefully with greater success, and if that’s not possible, at least have something good to eat.

Peppered throughout Giulia’s delightful and often poignant remembrances are fond recollections of her mother’s cooking, the recipes she learned from her, and many she invented on her own inspired by the men in her life. Readers will howl at Giulia’s boyfriend-littered past and swoon over her irresistible culinary creations.
From the Author's Website.

I loved, I lost, I made Spaghetti chronicles, Melucci's successful love affair with food along with her not so successful attempts at finding romance. One cannot help falling in love with Melucci and wanting her to find true love as she describes her various relationships.

Raised in an Italian family, Melucci has a true appreciation for food. She loves to cook and equates good food and cooking with dating. Melucci's men do not all share her appreciation for her. One lover a Rhode Island WASP never ate when they went out. His reason being "I like to keep my edge". Not sure if this is true or he was just cheap.

To add a little spice to the book, Melucci has a collection of recipes, some from her family, others that she has made up or adapted. Her recipes seem to reflect her mood, with titles such as First-Date Butterflies and Pear Cake for Friends with Benefits.

This is a wonderful read, with lots of love and a dash of sarcasm. For a sneak peek into Melucci's apartment head over to an article written by the NY Times.



Hachette Book Publishing has been kind enough to provide me with 5 copies of the book to giveaway to my readers.

To enter: MANDATORY: Leave me a comment on what your favorite Italian food is. Do not forget to leave your email or a way for me to contact you.


For extra entries

2. Post a link to the giveaway on your blog and post it here with the link.
3. Become a follower and leave a comment here (or "remind" me you are already a follower so I know you want to be included in this giveaway.
4. Tweet about I loved, I lost, I Made Spaghetti.

Contest will run through July 15.

Contest is open to shipping addresses only in the US or Canada given the book is being sent directly from the publisher. Sorry no P.O. Boxes.

103 comments:

digitalassault said...

I'd love to be entered. ;)

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Posted a link on my sidebar@http://ninthfactor.org

Became a follower via Google.

I also tweeted here: http://twitter.com/astucity/status/2352053862

Sheila DeChantal said...

Count me in! :)

Thanks! I'll be back once I link your contest to my page....

Vicki said...

My favorite Italian food is Pizza

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Vicki said...

I'm a follower

Vicki said...

Tweet: http://twitter.com/VickiLN/status/2352922090

Lifestooshort said...

This looks like a great book! My favorite Italian food would be Lasagne

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Lifestooshort said...

I'm a follower

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Lifestooshort said...

tweet

https://twitter.com/lifestooshort7/status/2353122454

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Bridget said...

Hi! Just posted this on Win A Book.

Holly said...

I didn't request this one and I realized too late that I probably should have! Definitely enter me.

I'm a follower in Google. And my favorite Italian food? Too many to name: lasagna, pizza, linguini with sun-dried tomatoes, pasta rustica... I could go on and on!

girlichef said...

I've been wanting to read this!! My favorite Italian food...Tuscan Bread soup!!!!

girlichef said...

I'm a follower :)

Jake Lsewhere said...

I suppose its been fairly americanised, but my favouite Italian food is pizza.

This looks like a good book, please enter me into this drawing.

I'm also a follower of your blog.

Thanks for hosting this giveaway.
jake.lsewhere[at]gmail.com

Jake Lsewhere said...

I've also blogged about this giveaway here.

Thanks,
jake.lsewhere[at]gmail.com

nfmgirl said...

Hmmm. I think my favorite might be Bruschetta. Yum!

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nfmgirl said...

I follow

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nfmgirl said...

I blogged it:

http://cerebralgirl.blogspot.com/2009/06/book-giveaways-in-blogworld-06-27-09.html

- Marybeth I. said...

Hi - Eggplant Parm and Gnocchi are my favorite Italian foods.

my email is in my profile

- Marybeth I. said...

http://twitter.com/misaacmom/status/2365570987 tweet

- Marybeth I. said...

I follow!

Sheila DeChantal said...

Stop by my blog please when you have time. I have an award for you!

http://bookjourney.wordpress.com/2009/06/28/and-the-nominees-are/

Karin said...

Pizza....spaghetti is a close second!

Carlene said...

My favorite Italian food is a tie between Pizza and Lasagne. Please include me in your giveaway.
Thanks
Carlene
iluvreading(at)verizon.net

Carlene said...

I am a follower.
Thanks
Carlene
iluvreading(at)verizon.net

Lori said...

Favorite italian food: angel hair with meatballs and marinara. Could eat it every day.

Thanks for the opportunity!

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Lori said...

I blogged about the giveaway:

http://sobookish.blogspot.com/2009/06/giveaway-i-loved-i-lost-i-made.html

Lori said...

I am following your blog!

Lori said...

And I tweeted:

http://twitter.com/BugsMom16/status/2378793064

Casey said...

I LOVE penne with alfredo!

Casey said...

I'm a follower now!

Lindsay G said...

Enter me please! My favorite Italian food is penne alla vodka. Yum!

myluckyday37[at]msn[dot]com

Lindsay G said...

Penne alla vodka! I am a subscriber =]

myluckyday37[at]msn[dot]com

ossmcalc said...

I love spaghetti and meatballs in a 5 cheese marinara sauce.

Thank you,

Christine
womackcm@sbcglobal.net

ossmcalc said...

I follow.

Thank you,

Christine
womackcm@sbcglobal.net

Jo-Jo said...

My favorite italian food is lasagnae, which pairs nicely with a bottle of Pinot Noir. yum
joannelong74 AT gmail DOT com

Jo-Jo said...

Just signed up as a follower.
joannelong74 AT gmail DOT com

Luvdaylilies said...

Sounds like a great book ~ please enter me in your giveaway!
I Love Lasagna
Thanks so much=)

Luvdaylilies at bellsouth dot net

Vera said...

Please enter me! Favorite Italian food, or dessert, is Italian cassada cake :)

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Anali said...

I'd love to win this book! Italian food is my favorite food except for seafood. I love it all. Pizza is a staple. Any pasta and sauce dishes I love. Italian bread, focaccia. And don't even get me started on the desserts, gelato, sorbetto, tiramisu. *sigh* I must get to Italy one day.

minishoes1 said...

I would love to read this! I would say Lasagna is my fav. thanks jacquecurl1@gmail.com

minishoes1 said...

I follow. jacquecurl1@gmail.com

Amanda said...

My favorite Italian food is manicotti.

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Amanda said...

I'm a follower.

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Amanda said...

I tweeted at http://twitter.com/agafford/status/2428877249.

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Emma said...

mmmm absolutely without a doubt lasagne or spaghetti and meatballs :D

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Cheryl F. (The Lucky Ladybug) said...

My favorite Italian food is gnocchi, but I lived there for four years and love so much of their cuisine :) *Thanks* for the giveaway!
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Cheryl F. (The Lucky Ladybug) said...

Blogged
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Cheryl F. (The Lucky Ladybug) said...

Following with Google Friend Connect :)
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Cheryl F. (The Lucky Ladybug) said...

Tweeted
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Lisanne624 said...

My favorite Italian food would have to be lasagna. There are so many ways to make it, and all of them are deliciousioso!

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L.Whitt said...

I LOOOOVE lasagna!
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janetfaye said...

I love homemade Lasagna.

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Jackie from It's a Wahm Life said...

HI! this sounds like a great book. I have posted about your giveaway on my blog: I loved I Lost I Made Spaghetti Giveaway My blog also autotweets so there should be a tweet coming about it soon. :)

Jackie

Jackie said...

oh yeah ~ my favorite italian food is spaghetti with shrimp sauce mmmmm.

you can reach me at momtohanna[at]gmail[dot]com

Jackie

Debbie said...

My favorite is pizza although I'm not sure that is truly Italian!
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demmi said...

my favorite is Italian food is eggplant parmesan con5459(at)gmail(dot)com

Jo-Jo said...
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Jo-Jo said...

I had to delete the last comment because I put the wrong link in there. I did blog about your contest and the correct link is here.
joannelong74 AT gmail DOT com

suburban prep said...

I am married to an Italian and while I am Irish I think my stomach is Italian.
My favorite is stuffed shells with Spinach and Ricotta cheese and marinara sauce.

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Julie said...

My favorite Italian food is Pizza

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Julie said...

i am a new blog follower

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Katrina V said...

My favorite Italian food is all kinds of pasta! mmmm!

Pam said...

I just found your blog entering this contest, but must say I love it! I'll have to stay and check out all the yummy recipes!

My favorite Italian food is Chicken Marsala! Thanks.

(My daughter recently had Caprese Salad at a local Italian restaurant so I can't WAIT to show her the recipe here!! Thanks.)


Thanks.
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Pam said...

I just signed up to follow!

Thanks.
pamelashockley(AT)netscape(DOT)net

Katrina V said...

Following.

Katrina V said...

Tweet.

http://twitter.com/katt_v/statuses/2470319000

Bella said...

Tiramisu!!! I love it! I also love Pocket Coffee candy. It's an Italian chocolate filled with espresso and it = heaven. My Italian, Italian language teacher used to bring them to us all the time. Loved that class and those candies!

Bella said...

I follow you!

herblady said...

Italian food is my favorite cuisine and I love Eggplant Parmesan or any kind of Pasta Primavera.

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herblady said...

I'm also a follower. :)


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amanda said...

I love chicken marsala!
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amanda said...

I follow.
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Neas Nuttiness said...

Good ole Spaghetti and meatballs!

Thanks

libneas[at]aol[dot]com

throuthehaze said...

I love lasagna

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throuthehaze said...

blogged
http://throuthehaze.blogspot.com/2009/07/books_07.html

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traveler said...

Thanks for this great giveaway. It looks wonderful. My favorite Italian food is Eggplant Parmesan.
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Anna said...

I'd love to be entered! I posted this in my sidebar. I'm a follower as well.

--Anna
diaryofaneccentric at hotmail dot com
Diary of an Eccentric

Amy said...

My favorite Italian food - if I must pick one :o) - is Lasagna! I've always loved it & always plan too!


Amy
Aimala02@yahoo.com

Amy said...

I'm a follower of your blog!


Amy
Aimala02@yahoo.com

squiresj said...

My favorite Italian food is lasagna. My husband was raised in an Italian neighborhood and I learned to love Italian food when I married him 30 years ago. My youngest daughter is a lover of lasagna and spaghetti too.
I would love to win this book and review it as it sounds so delightful and fun.
jrs362(at)hotmail(dot)com

CherylS22 said...

My favorite Italian food is lasagna.

Please count me in - Thanks!
megalon22 at yahoo dot com

CherylS22 said...

I just became a follower

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mariag said...

My favorite Italian food is gnocchi with a tomato and basil sauce.
I am now a follower. Please enter me to win.
Mariag

Lindsay said...

My favoriate is so unoriginal - its pizza

Lindsay said...

blogged about it - http://giveawaysentries.blogspot.com/

Kohinoor said...

oh my gosh where to choose from???

brucsetta romano, spaghetti pomodoro, and tiramisu

now I'm hungry!

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SerieslyReady said...

Chicken Alfredo Fettuccini. I haven't had much authentic Italian food. I would love to try what I see Giada cooking. Pretty much all of it looks delicious.

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Nelsby said...

Such a tough decision! One of my all-time favorites is Eggplant Rollatini.
Thanks!
Aimee
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Nelsby said...

I am following your blog.
Thanks!
Aimee
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Nelsby said...

Tweet: http://twitter.com/Nelsby/status/2603146466
Thanks!
Aimee
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Upper West Side Writer said...

My favorite Italian food is--and this is a toughie--spaghetti carbonara. I just love food, so it's hard to pick! Thanks!

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Upper West Side Writer said...

I now follow your blog via Blogger--thank you!

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Upper West Side Writer said...

I Tweeted about this contest:

http://twitter.com/uwsreader/status/2603792746

Thank you so much!

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Amy said...

I love all Italian food but especially like ravioli.

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nicole h said...

italian cream cake

of course i mean the type where the cake is soaked in rum for 3 months beforehand and you get a buzz on from one slice! LOL

thanks for the contest- i'd love to win!

nicole h said...

joined as a follower!

Glenn said...

My favorite Italin food is chicken parmigiana. Thanks for the giveaway.

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jennymartin116 said...

My favorite would either be Fettucine Alfredo...or Chicken Pesto Penne with Pine Nuts

jennymartin116 said...

I follow u
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Rebecca N. said...

Hmm...I think fettuccine alfredo is my favorite! Please enter me to win this book! It sounds like a great read!

Rebecca N. said...

I follow your blog!

Lindsay said...

I've been dying to read this!

My favorite Italian food is:
Rigatoni Martino (Rigatoni with chicken, sun dried tomatoes, mushroom etc) from Carabbas! YUM!

frugalfab at gmail dot com

Lindsay said...

New follower! :)

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