...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.