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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)
A delicious book -- funny, foodie and romantic. The definitive Roman romantic comedy' Richard CurtisSee all Product Description
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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.......
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.
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.....
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.
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!!
If you're a vegetarian (or in any way squeamish) you may not like some of the descriptions of food preparation, as the Italians appear to eat almost any part of a creature's anatomy. I confess I did skip some sections where explanations of butchery were getting a little too explicit for me.
When I first started reading, I thought I'd be giving this five stars...however...not being an Italian speaker, it bothered me that there was such a frequent use of the language, without translations. Usually, an author puts something in the foreign language and then expresses it in English. So there were several places where I didn't know what was meant, and I wasn't prepared to sit with a translation site open on my laptop. I had the kindle version, and there were some words with asterisks against them - I presumed that in the paper version, there would be a footnote and, indeed, on the kindle version, all the footnotes were right at the end of the 'book', each note having a 'page' of its own. I have a kindle 4 and don't know of an easy way to jump from story to the back of the book and return. Maybe more recent editions have a jump-to feature to enable this more easily.
Secondly, we have a waiter (Tommaso) masquerading as a chef to win the love of a woman, with the assistance of his best friend, an inspiring chef (Bruno). Eventually, they open a restaurant, which serves fantastic food. All the top food journalists in the region write sparkling reviews of the restaurant, naming Tommaso as its genius chef.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
An enchanting escapade for anyone who loves food and Italy! Wonderful descriptions of Italian food, a decent story and some nice humorous touches (I loved what happened to Bruno's... Read morePublished 1 month ago by tangerina
Nice book- lots of food!
Thought the end dragged on a bit as didn't need all the recipes.
Loved this book about Italian men and food. Made me laugh a lot.Published 12 months ago by Polly Wolly Doodle
We had just visited Rome so I enjoyed the insight into the Roman view of life.Published 14 months ago by glenn hampson
A sensual tale of a man and a woman, both learning to build a relationship. It's heavily involved around food, drink and sex and its written in a really lovely way way. Read morePublished 16 months ago by natalie
In modern-day Rome, a young, handsome waiter (Gennaro) spies a beautiful American student (Laura) and decides to woo her into bed by why of his delicious cooking. Read morePublished on 24 Aug. 2014 by LadyJaguar
Very good book, easy and enjoyable read. A sophisticated entanglement of food and love in Italy. Would highly recommend.Published on 24 Aug. 2014 by Carly Auletta