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  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Sphere; New Ed edition (19 May 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0751535699
  • ISBN-13: 978-0751535693
  • Product Dimensions: 13.2 x 2.1 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (56 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 32,303 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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THE FOOD OF LOVE is a splendid, linen suit, panama hat, distant lawnmower kind of a book; guaranteed to whisk you far from this drizzly island, soothe you, warm you and return you home again without losing any of your luggage (Hugh Laurie)

I read it while travelling in Italy and really enjoyed the whole concept of chefs, love, Italy, food and sex (Rose Gray, owner of The River Cafe)

Gastronomic delights (WOMAN'S OWN)

A romantic and sensual novel that's full of wonderful recipes (WOMAN AND HOME)

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A delicious book -- funny, foodie and romantic. The definitive Roman romantic comedy' Richard Curtis

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IN A LITTLE side street off the Viale Glorioso, in Rome's Trastevere, there is a bar known to those who frequent it simply as Gennaro's. Read the first page
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Lucy on 22 Aug. 2004
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I absolutely loved this book; it would be easy to devour this in a single sitting, but if you can, treat yourself and read about twenty pages a day because the descriptions of Bruno's cooking really should be savoured. Looking forward with anticipation to my evening 'portion' of Capella's wonderful tale was as tempting as anticipating a meal at Italy's best osterias.
If you're a fan of food writing (Nigella, Nigel Slater, Alastair Little), and if you enjoyed Lily Prior's 'Cucina', you are bound to love this book. I don't agree with another reviewer who criticizes the shallow characterisations - the book involves the reader enough to really care about the three leads, and the ending reaches an entertaining climax. In fact I think it could, and should, be made into a film. Anyway, the main role is the food itself, and anyone who reads this book will be rewarded with lingering memories of the taste, smell and vision of the best of Italian food; truffles, porcini, balsamic vinegar, olive oil...
A real treat for lovers of food and romance.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on 12 July 2005
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Capturing the taste of Rome through a flavourful narrative. A book that could not be put to rest; a read where the words flow with ease through your mind, creating light and delicious images in the corners of your thoughts and filling your mouth with the taste of Italy. You can sit back and relax, enjoy the storyline, laugh your heart out and learn about the Roman way of life. Having a passion for Italy, food and love myself, I found this book a truly satisfying read. A story that will stay fixated in my mind for a very long time.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By C. Mackenzie on 26 Jun. 2005
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I picked up this book and read the first couple of pages and I was hooked.
As the pages flew past and chapters ended I was in love with Bruno, in love with Italy and I swear I put on weight just reading!
While the complexity of the relationships unwound, and the decription of the food that was being cooked, no that should feasts being created, I ached to try and taste it all!
Just know that if you enjoy the tastes and sounds of Italy this FANTASTIC book holds them deep in every page.
If like me you have never been there, Rome will be full of expresso and market places, the beaches full of pleasure and
small country villages with hidden wonders.
Devour this book as you would a wonderful meal cooked with love.
It's worth a few pounds on the hips.......
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 5 Jun. 2004
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I absolutely LOVED this book! It was creative, interesting, different and funny. If you are a lover of food you will find this book enchanting. If you are a lover of Italian food you will LOVE this book.
I could not put it down and read it in one sitting - which I only interrupted once to cook dinner - Parchment Parcels of Sea Bass roasted with minted aubergine and basil and rosemary infused plum cherry tomatoes with white wine and olive oil - and then back to finish this book!
One word of warning it makes you very hungry for all of the delicious meals described in this book!!!!
Finally i just want to say to the author PLEASE WRITE A COOKBOOK that has these delicious meals in it!
The Marcella Hazan quotes were a masterly stroke and one that I personally loved as she is my FAVORITE Italian Cookbook Writer!
Thank you for such a WONDERFUL AND SPECIAL BOOK.....now about that cookbook.....
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Claire Lewins on 25 July 2005
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Having recently gotten engaged in Venice, this book suceeded in bringing back memories of how beautiful I found a country, whose appreciation for food and the experience of eating is almost sensual. I found myself having to visit a local Italian restaurant to fulfill my craving for veal and fine pasta about half way through the book.
If I hadn't been convinced of having the wedding in Italy and treating my nearest and dearest to a truly romantic wedding feast, I am now.
Whilst the storyline isn't complex and the outcome is pretty predictable, the writing is descriptive and beautiful without becoming too wordy. Definitely not my usual thing, but would recommend highly.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By David on 13 July 2005
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On scanning this book's back cover I thought the combination of cooking and romance sounded fantastic, but must admit I really didn't think the author would be able to pull it off.
However, in only a few pages I was hooked and consumed the whole thing in a couple of days and late nights. Contrary to some other reviews, I felt the characters were just right - likeable and simple, caught up in the history, food and love of Italy, which is what the book is about!
Though I finished this book a few days ago, I can't stop thinking about it, and all I want to do is learn Italian cooking and look for truffles in the woods - ideally with Bruno's friend Bennedetta!!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 4 Jun. 2004
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This is a wonderful book, the kind of story you want to feast on in one sitting (sorry about the food puns, but after reading this book it's hard to get the whole food-as-metaphor thing out of your head....) Laura, an art history student in Rome, wants to go out with someone who's good with their hands: beautiful Tommasso tells her he's a chef but actually is just a waiter; his shy best friend Bruno does the real cooking in the background until he too falls for Laura. Where have we heard all that before? Oh yes, it's Cyrano de Bergerac. But actually the transition from sword-wielding poets to knife-wielding chefs works surprisingly well, almost like watching a performance of Shakespeare updated to a modern setting. And there's a dash of A Midsummer Night's Dream too - like a fairy story, things happen that seem a little bit magical but also inevitable, such as when Bruno, rejected by Laura, hooks up with a brilliant chefess (is there such a word?) in the countryside, and discovers that she can find truffles without the help of a dog, simply by the scent they leave on the still night air, or when Laura finds Bruno cooking a pan of soup and compares him to a wizard stirring his cauldron.
The descriptions of Italian cooking - and in particular the long, sensuous descriptions of the ingredients available in Roman markets - are a delight in themselves. Even foodie readers will find themselves learning a lot - I certainly never knew that Italians eat hyacinth bulbs in spring, or that there's a kind of zabaione you can order for breakfast.
The ending kind of surprised me - I thought Bruno was going to end up with the chefess - but there was something quite appealing about his being caught between two girls and having to make a choice between them before he gets to his happy ending.
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