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5.0 out of 5 stars Comfort food...and healing, 12 Mar 2010
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Jill Meyer (United States) - See all my reviews
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"Keeping the Feast" is Paula Butturini's moving account of several years in the mid-1990's when she and her new husband were struck by a series of personal disasters and how they healed themselves.

Butturini and her husband, John Tagliabue, met in Rome in the late 1980's when they were both foreign correspondents, she for UPI and he for the New York Times. Both were American-born, but of Italian parentage. They fell in love, both with Rome and with each other, and married after a four year courtship. However, soon after their wedding, Tagliabue was shot and wounded while in Romania, covering the fall of Communism. He spent many months recovering from his devastating physical wounds and then fell into a deep, on-going depression which did not seem to be helped by medication. For three years, Butturini helped her wounded in body and in spirit husband recover. She did so by love and attention, but also by cooking the wonderful Italian foods she had eaten as a child.
And after the bad times were over, and she had a new baby, the cooking continued.

It's hard to know just how much the food helped Tagliabue, but shopping, preparing, and cooking certainly helped them both cope with their on-going struggles. This is a lovely, hopeful book. Butturini writes about her own family and the Italian customs they observed when she was growing up in Connecticut. It's a short book, but very loving account of a few very bad years and how - maybe - one can be comforted by love and food.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Healing through love, friendship and keeping the basic rituals of life, 11 April 2010
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Kathleen T. Conklin "ktylerconk" (Falls Church, VA, USA) - See all my reviews
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This memoir, written by the wife of a pair of foreign reporters, is not only the tale of what befell them after a series of tragic incidents, starting with the Velvet Revolution in Prague in 1989, but also a huge lesson on the subject of depression, which affects us all in some way. The story is told beautifully, with wonderful descriptions of Paula's and John's early years in the USA, and of their lives in Europe. The descriptions of food that weave through the entire book will make even the laziest cook want to run right out to the farmers' market.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Buy it!, 13 Mar 2010
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Mrs. Rosanna M. Montalbano (Guiting Power, UK) - See all my reviews
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This book made me laugh, it made me cry and it made me hungry. It made me want to go back to Italy and sunshine, it made me realize what a lucky person I am. It is a beautifully written and well constructed story of how one gutsy lady could overcome tragedy, empathise with those around her and, with her inner strength, help the man she loves to come out of a black pit. Brilliant, moving and a must read!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent purchase, 15 Mar 2013
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D. R. Gurney (Aberdeenshire, Scotland) - See all my reviews
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The book was well packed and arrived by return. It is an interesting mix of recipes, thoughts and a good story alongside. Would recommend it to anyone interested in cooking and lifestyle.
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