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  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Summersdale (7 Jun. 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1849530513
  • ISBN-13: 978-1849530514
  • Product Dimensions: 12.8 x 1.6 x 19.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 302,777 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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`Ideal summer holiday reading.' --The Bookseller, 12 February, 2010

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Victoria Cosford has had articles published in Gourmet Traveller and is now a journalist for The Echo in Byron Bay, NSW, Australia, where she also teaches Italian cooking.

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30 of 31 people found the following review helpful By Swissmiss on 10 Sept. 2010
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It is unfortunate that the publisher chose to give this book a pink girly chick-lit kind of cover because it really doesn't fit what is inside. Victoria's story is not some light-hearted romp but a real coming of age, over decades, with a thread of sadness throughout most of it. The book wasn't at all what I expected - I ordered it when it popped up as a recommendation - it was much, much better. Highly recommended.
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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Nicola F (Nic) TOP 500 REVIEWER on 10 Aug. 2010
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...I concur wholeheartedly!

In this beautiful gastro-memoir, we are introduced to Vicky, a culinary student who arrives in Tuscany to study at its famous food school and absorb as much Italian culture as she can. What she does not expect however, is to fall head over heels in love with fiery chef Gianfranco, abandon her studies and be fully seduced by the delicious Italian lifestyle...

As a person with more than a passing interest in food and foodie books (ahem- understatement), I really enjoyed this novel, though I suspect I've read a few *too* many books in a similar vein recently, as after a while the lush Italian food descriptions unfortunately start sounding all too familiar. Nevertheless, each of the chapters has a whimsical, eye-catching heading and as Vicky falls further in love with Gianfranco and the Italian way of life, the reader is pulled deeper and further into her world and too becomes absorbed in their explorations of the abundant trattoria's and restaurants dotting the Tuscan countryside. It all sounds divine and is positively hunger-inducing in places in a behind-the-scenes look at an aspect of restaurants hidden from tourists.

What didn't I like so much? Well, I have to admit that in contrast to other foodie-travel books, the recipes interspersed with the chapters in here do seem a bit `stuffed in' rather randomly as opposed to flowing as well with the text and content of the story as I have seen on previous occasions. This is a minor quibble though as the book still works brilliantly and is very romantic and almost dream-like in its intensity on occasion. You'd be sorry to miss this one out- I'm looking forward to reading more books by Cosford.

**If you like this novel then I can also highly recommend `A thousand days in Venice' by Marlena De Blasi and any of Nicky Pellegrino's or Anthony Capella's books- other stories that also successfully combine Italian food with romance.
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Curiosity Killed The Bookworm TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 10 April 2011
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Victoria Cosford is an Australian food writer who also teaches Italian cookery classes. Amore and Amaretti is a memoir of her time spent in Tuscany. As someone who loves food and has enjoyed visiting Florence, I thought this would be right up my street...

The cover screams chick-lit at me which is rather misleading. Whilst the book starts of with a Florentine romance, I feel you'd be disappointed if that's what you're wanting. The relationship comes across as slightly impersonal and a little cheesy at times, in part due to Victoria's use of words like "effulgent" to describe her love interest. If ever a word should be retired from the English language, I think that should be top of the list. Bear in mind that it is a foodie memoir and not fiction and you'll start with the right expectations. If you can get past the author's descriptions of her on/off boyfriend, Gianfranco, you'll get to the good stuff, the descriptions of food. If you don't enjoy reading about food and don't want to know about a stranger's love life, there's not much left to recommend this book.

If you've visited Florence or the Tuscan countryside, this book may bring back some fond memories or it could be a nice read before you visit to introduce you to the local cuisine and atmosphere.

There are recipes dotted around the book too, standard Tuscan cuisine including one for that fantastic rabbit sauce they tend serve with pappardelle. Confusingly, they often appear in the middle of passages when they'd be better placed at the start or end of each section.

I think the book improves nearer the end when the rose tinted glasses come off.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Minnie on 20 Jun. 2014
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I thought I would love this book - I adore Italy and spend as much time as I can there. However, I was less than enamoured with this book - I kept reading because I hoped I would find whatever it is that's missing. There are few characters that come across as likeable and the writer herself seems to me to be a little bit self-indulgent. She seems to be trying to describe a personal journey and indeed she makes several back and forth between Australia and Italy, but just as she describes her growing up in a family where ambition was lacking (and she provides very little further colour), so this book lacks ambition - and her journeys are just that - sketchy descriptions of bus journeys, flights between Australia and Italy and rail and car journeys - the personal 'journey' isn't there for me.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Mrs. Ga Mason on 26 Nov. 2011
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I'm a sucker for books set in Italy, so I was drawn to this one straight away.
I completely agree with a previous reviewer who said it's definitely not chick-lit. In an odd kind of way it defies a lot of the rules - because nothing much really happens, and yet a whole life happens. We are given glimpses into the narrator's life - and left to wonder about the bits in-between.
We find out a lot about the narrator and her character - yet we are also left wondering about other elements that she has chosen to keep secret. That's meant to be praise, not criticism by the way. I really enjoyed the journey.
Victoria Cosford brings Italy to life beautifully - and the recipes were an excellent bonus!
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