Friday, June 26, 2009
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.
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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.