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Luca Amore runs a cooking school in the baroque Sicilian mountain town of Favio. He's taught many people how to cook the dishes passed down to him by generations of Amore women. As he readies himself for yet another course he expects it to be much like all the others. He will cook, he will take his clients to visit vineyards and olive groves, they will eat together, becomeLuca Amore runs a cooking school in the baroque Sicilian mountain town of Favio. He's taught many people how to cook the dishes passed down to him by generations of Amore women. As he readies himself for yet another course he expects it to be much like all the others. He will cook, he will take his clients to visit vineyards and olive groves, they will eat together, become friends, and then, after a fortnight, they will pack up and head home to whatever corner of the globe they came from. But there is a surprise in store for Luca. This time there are four women booked in to The Food of Love Cookery School. Each one is at a turning point in her life. Each one is looking for something more than new cooking skills from her time in Sicily. A divorcee, a widow, an exhausted working mum and an unfulfilled top London barrister come together for this idyllic escape into the sun-drenched Sicilian hills, and a tantalising culinary adventure. Sparks fly, friendships are made and secrets and stories are shared. Luca doesn't realise it yet but this group of women is going to change his life. And for Moll, Tricia, Valerie and Poppy, after this journey, nothing will ever be the same....

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The Food Of Love Cookery School Reviews

  • Dale Harcombe
    2019-02-07 17:49

    Four women attend a cookery school in Sicily run by Luca Amore. Luca initially learned most of his cooking skills from his grandmother. The four women on the course were all very different in age and backgrounds. Moll, Valerie and Poppy were all likeable, Tricia not so much, although she does at some stage reveal some positive characteristics. I enjoyed hearing their stories and about the places they visited in Sicily sourcing ingredients and visiting wineries and chocolate making enterprises. I also appreciated that the recipes included were at the end of the book rather than scattered through the novel, as these type of books sometimes are. It is a novel about friendship, love, facing life’s challenges, and second chances. It was a fun, feel good read. My one reservation was the story of Luca’s past and the inclusion of Princess Diana. To me that was a bit of an unnecessary distraction. But that was just a minor blip in a story I really enjoyed. I’m not a foodie person. While I am happy to read about cooking, usually I tend to ignore the recipes. But this time I did pick up one to try, so that was an added bonus. Lovely to read a book with largely likable characters, and though there is conflict, not be subjected to bad language. A thoroughly enjoyable read.

  • Sue Shepherd
    2019-01-30 19:16

    What a lovely book. Loved the different characters and how they all interacted together. Feel like you are doing the cookery school as you read this book. You will feel a hunger for the fresh food and wine as you turn the pages. The four strangers who all become good friends during the course, one finds love, all find that life is short and you should live and savour each day. I really enjoyed this book and would certainly recommend it for an uplifting, feel good read.

  • Janet
    2019-02-18 22:01

    I fell in love with food and the thought of lovingly preparing a dining experience, rather than slapping together three items to make a quick meal to fill the spot.The characters are amazing and the development of them - brilliant.My only complant - the book finished too quickly. I can see another fantastic book growing from this one.Nicky Pellegrino must be one of my favourite authors.

  • Catarina
    2019-02-12 19:16

    Não adorei esta história, que senti sempre um pouco apressada, mas gostei muito de a acompanhar, portanto posso ser generosa nas estrelas atribuídas. Na verdade, como várias vezes afirmei, são sempre atribuídas com o coração, portanto "valem o que valem" :)Li hoje um artigo onde o autor dizia que há momentos certos para ler determinados livros. Acredito que é assim, e por isso tenho livros em espera há tanto tempo, porque ainda não senti que esteja "preparada" para os ler e sei que, se o fizer antes do tempo, não gostarei tanto como decerto merecerão. Neste caso, esperei bastante tempo para ler o livro, mas este manteve-se sempre presente no fundo da minha mente. Talvez por isso não tenha adorado, porque, inconscientemente, fui elevando demasiado as expectativas. Mas gostei bastante, é um facto, e talvez isso explique porque é que são 3h20 da madrugada e estou aqui a escrever a minha opinião, fresquinha. Ler Nicky Pellegrino é viajar por Itália e salivar, sempre. Adorava estar no lugar de uma destas mulheres, não tanto para aprender a cozinhar, que me falta a paciência, mas para comer tanta iguaria, já que apetite tenho sempre :p Gostava muito de conhecer a Sicília também, de conhecer mais de Itália, país que me fascina. Mas sobre o livro! O Livro dos Sabores Perdidos leva-nos pela história destes personagens, quase fazendo com que, como a autora refere, sejamos uma sexta personagem. O tom confessional destas quatro mulheres chega-nos diretamente ao coração, e embora conseguisse adivinhar o segredo do passado de Lucas cedo, confesso que o desenrolar da história me permitiu a benevolência de "perdoar" este personagem pelos erros cometidos. Luca Amore é um cozinheiro prendado, que mantem viva a memória da avó na cozinha da casa que lhe pertencia. Simpático mas reservado, depressa desperta a curiosidade deste novo grupo da sua escola de culinária. Depressa percebemos que algo no seu passado o atormenta, embora, depois, o pareça revelar com facilidade. Não é dificil crer, enquanto lemos, que só precisava de uma nova luz na sua vida, para encarar tudo de outra forma. Tricia e Moll são, talvez, as mais humanas personagens. Não procuram esconder os seus defeitos nem, tãopouco, a animosidade que sentem inicialmente. Contudo, uma acaba por escolher a outra para desabafar, talvez por saber que a ouviria de forma tão mais fria do que as outras duas, e era mesmo isso que precisava. Moll fez esta viagem, a viagem da sua vida, tanto para escapar à rotina como para viver de forma mais intensa a sua paixão: a culinária. Gosta especialmente da cozinha italiana, por isso frequentar este curso de uma semana na Sicília é a viagem perfeita. Já a Tricia, atormentada com a vida que leva mas sem hipótese de a mudar, por enquanto, ou de a abandonar, vê esta viagem apenas como um escape. É quase como se fosse outra pessoa naquele grupo, naquele espaço, como se vestisse outra pele. E sabe que, ao chegar a casa, nada terá mudado. Valerie, mais velha, vê esta viagem como uma oportunidade para se distrair da dor. Acaba por sair de Favio, a pequena vila, a sentir-se mais viva do que antes, mais como ela mesma, como se se tivesse, de alguma forma, redescoberto. Sabe que ainda há pelo que viver, sabe que viajará mais. E a Poppy... A Poppy não se contentou com o assim-assim e decidiu mudar a sua vida. Não se contentou com o bom que tinha, pois sabia que queria mais. Só não sabia bem o que seria esse "mais", nem sabe sequer se o encontrará em Itália. Talvez eu seja mais como a Poppy no que à cozinha diz respeito. Posso ir cozinhando se me guiarem, embora sempre hesitante e sem grande prazer. Mas quando me sento à mesa, é mesmo para me concentrar na comida.O Livro dos Sabores Perdidos traz-nos uma história simples (talvez aparentemente simples) e, de certa forma, previsível. Mas leva-nos por sabores e paisagens maravilhosas, e dá-nos a conhecer vidas que podiam, perfeitamente, ser as dos vizinhos do lado. Por isso mesmo são interessantes, por parecerem tão reais. E por isso mesmo vale a pena ler, "perder" algumas horas neste mundo para descobrir mais sobre esta vila, os seus habitantes e os que a visitam :)

  • imbirowa
    2019-01-24 19:47

    "Na wakacjach nic nigdy nie jest takie samo jak zwykle, prawda? Wszystko smakuje i wygląda przyjemniej. I wydaje się o wiele bardziej rozkoszne."Czy lubisz książki opowiadające o kuchni, ale niebędące pozycjami typowo kulinarnymi? Ja tak! Właśnie dlatego sięgnęłam po tę pozycję. Przeniosła mnie ona na słoneczną Sycylię. Wyspę pełną nowych smaków, pięknych widoków i niesamowitych osób. Kurs gotowania oferowany przez jednego z Sycylijczyków, przyciąga ludzi z różnych części świata. Pewnego dnia do jego domu trafiają cztery przypadkowe kobiety. Kobiety skrywające historie, próbujące zapomnieć o pewnych wydarzeniach. Matki, żony i kochanki. Rozwódki, wdowy i panny. Zwyczajny wyjazd przeradza się w szkołę życia. Czego nauczą się one od tamtejszej ludności, a czego od siebie nawzajem? Co otrzyma on nich Luke i jak te bohaterki zmienią jego podejście do kuchni i codzienności? Winnice, plantacje oliwek, wąskie uliczki i wyjątkowy klimat opowieści. To książka ciepła, lekka i przyjemna. Taka na jeden słoneczny dzień lub chłodny, jesienny wieczór. Nie jest to literatura najwyższych lotów, ale myślę że warto po nią sięgnąć. Daje ona nadzieję i rozjaśnia pochmurne dni. Ukazuje piękno Sycylii i sprawia, że masz ochotę zacząć gotować lub spakować walizki i wybrać się na tę włoską wyspę. Najlepiej już, teraz, zaraz.

  • Shaz Goodwin
    2019-02-13 23:01

    The Food of Love Cookery School is narrated by each of our four women with a 3rd person narrative from Luca himself interspersed throughout. I loved this format as we get to know Poppy, Tricia, Valerie and Moll as the days of the cookery course progress.Luca is an enigma. There is more underneath his distant exterior self and the more we get to know him the further removed he is from that young man who isn’t proud of the thing that happened. This was a great way of showing how decisions we make when younger often change as our values change with age.Conflict comes from the daughter of the local chocolatier whose family is close to the Amore family and there is also conflict between two members in the group.For me, the romance was secondary to the food and the friendships :)I think that readers will identify with the women who are learning to cope with the lives they find themselves either moving towards or away from and the strategies they employ so that their lives are successful on the surface. A reminder of how the judgements we make are based on what we see … on our own experiences and perceptions. When I look back at my notes I can see how cleverly the author first introduces us to the women so that we do make those judgments.I really enjoyed being with this group, not only as they learnt to cook but visiting each venue and becoming a part of the town. The writing pulled me in totally and their experiences became my own. I felt as if I had been on holiday!At the end of my proof copy are some Food of Love recipes.History, heritage, culture, the real meaning of food, romance and friendships are all a part of The Food of Love Cookery School. What’s not to like? If you haven’t read it already, add it to your summer reading list.I won my copy last year from Sarah at Today I’m Reading. Thank you Sarah!

  • Nora|KnyguDama
    2019-02-08 18:05

    Tai jau trečioji mano perskaityta Nicky Pellegrino knyga. Ir drąsiai galiu sakyti – trečiosios mano atostogos. Nė kiek nemeluodama galiu sakyti, kad šios autorės knygos man yra tikros literatūrinės kelionės. Jų dėka aš ne tik skaitau, bet ir ragauju, uodžiu, matau ir girdžiu. Pirmoji mano Nicky skaityta knyga „Itališkos vedybos“ supažindino mane su itališko šeimos restorano subtilybėmis, kita – „Po Italijos padange“ nukėlė mane į pietų Italijos mažą miestelį, parodė kaimo gėrybes, maistą, gyvenimą itališkoje viloje. Na, o kibdama į „Sicilietišką istoriją“ žinojau, jog rankose laikau bilietą į literatūriškai asmenišką pažintį su Sicilija.Lukas Amorė – sicilietis dievinantis gimtą savo virtuvę, namus, apylinkes ir žmones. Nuo mažens jo močiutė gamino tikrą itališką maistą, ir kitų valgių jis tiesiog nebedrįsta vadinti maistu. Pagyvenęs Londone, patyręs ten kitokį gyvenimą jis savo ateitį apsirinko Sicilijoje. Išvaizdus vyras ir dar geras kulinaras savo namuose organizuoja kitokio pobūdžio atostogas. Kuomet susirenka nedidelė grupė norinčiųjų, jis gamina juos sicilietiško maisto subtilybių, aprodo geriausias apsipirkimo vietas, skaniausių ledų ir itališko šokolado, kavos restoranėlius, istorines vietas. Į Luko vilą atvykę turistai ne „turistauja“, o mato Sicilijos autentiką, įprastą gyvenimo būdą. Tokias atostogas pasirinko ir keturios viena kitos nepažįstančios moterys. Popė – ką tik išsiskyrusi moteris vis dar ieškanti savęs, Valerija – senjorė palaidojusi savo mylimąjį, Tricija – skyrybų advokatė pavargusi nuo darbo, vyro, vaikų, bei Molė – vieniša mama, maisto tinklaraštininkė į kelionę investavusi kone paskutinius pinigus. Nors moterys labai skirtingos, jos susidraugauja ir kartu patiria savo gyvenimo nuotykį. Valerija pajaučia simpatiją naminio šokolado gamintojui, Tricija mėgaujasi ne kulinarija ar gamta, o vietinių vakinų grožiu, Molė labiausiai čia vertina tobulą maistą ir visai nesibaimina tų priaugtų kilogramų, na , o Popė... Popė lyg susižavi Luku, tačiau žavioji jo vaikystės draugė nepalieka jai dvejonių, jog Lukas ne Popei.Ak, kiek čia daug spalvingų veikėjų ir kiek skirtingų istorijų. Kiekviena iš moterų tokia įdomi, o jų gyvenimai skiriasi vienas nuo kito kaip diena ir naktis. Ir nors visos jos turi savų problemų ir skausmų, Sicilija jas pakeičia. Moterys atsipalaiduoja gamindamos maistą, plepėdamos iki išnaktų, besimėgaudamos tyru oru ir gamta. Lygiai taip pat aš atsipalaidavau keliaudama Pellegrino puslapiais. O jau maisto aprašymai! Įspėju – neskaitykite šios knygos urzgiančiais pilvais. Ši autorė turi neregėtą talentą aprašinėti maistą ir jo gaminimo procesus. Iš jos rašymo gali spręsti, jog pati Nicky be galo mėgsta kulinariją. Kiekvienas produktas, jo išgavimas, receptas parašytas su didžiuliu įkvėpimu ir aistra. Ir kas smagiausia, knygoje yra autentiškų receptų! Taip pat aprašoma alyvų aliejaus, šokolado, makaronų gamybą. Skaičiau ir su kiekvienu puslapiu vis labiau norėjau nukeliauti į Siciliją, o užversdama romaną sau pažadėjau – nuvyksiu! Ne tik nuvyksiu, net ir paragausiu, išgirsiu, įkvėpsiu, užuosiu. Lygiai taip pat kaip tai daro visi Nicky Pellegrino sukurti personažai.

  • Dimitar
    2019-02-03 14:51

    The story is set in a Sicilian mountain town of Favio where 4 women form different backgrounds and parts of the world come together to share a holiday and learn some original Sicilian recipes passed throughout the years in the Amore family.Luca Amore welcomes the guests in his nonna's restored home which is now turned into a Cookery School and during their stay there he teaches them some of the delicious family recipes his nonna has left him in a loving memory. The 4 women, so unlike from one another, are at a different stages in life and each of them has a personal story to tell. However, Luca has a secret of his own. In the end, this holiday and its journey will turn out to be unimaginably different than the rest, and nothing will ever be the same!It has been a while since I read such pleasant and light novel. Let me start by saying that the book cover and illustrations complement the novel in many ways. The font is more than legible and the title encapsulates the entire story. The novel is a real page-turner that will make your mouth water with its wonderful description of food and Sicilian specialties, and it might not be unusual to go and make frequent visits to the fridge or a local sweets or pastry shop. What has been an enjoyable discovery for me, are some of the recipes you will find at the end of the book, mentioned more than several times in the story, for a fun home-cooking experience. Regarding the characters, they are so realistically portrayed and are facing common everyday decisions or problems which makes the reader easily relate to each and everyone of them. You can definitely recognize some personal traits of yours or your closest friends in some of the characters. Overall a good novel I will recommend to friends especially as a summer read they can take with them on the beach to escape reality for an hour or two.I won this book on the Goodreads giveaways and therefore would like to thank the author.

  • Jacki (Julia Flyte)
    2019-02-01 22:51

    I seem to have been reading a lot of books with unlikeable characters lately and I was in desperate need of something light and pleasant. This book hit the spot perfectly. It's the story of four different women who come to a week long cooking school in Sicily. We are told early on that "one is hiding a secret, another is hoping to find love again, one is desperate to escape her life ands one has already managed it." Over the course of the week the four women become friends, fall in love with Sicily and plan changes in their own lives.Nicky Pellegrino lives in New Zealand but her father was Italian and she writes beautifully about Italian life and food. This is the first one that's been set in Sicily and was inspired by an actual holiday that she had. The sense of warmth and history is palpable and the descriptions of the food are mouth watering. The premise behind the book is not terribly original - I was reminded of books like Heartbreak Hotel and A Week in Winter - but it's well told and makes a pleasant, undemanding, enjoyable read. After reading it I felt refreshed, like I really had been away!. The four central characters are interesting and rounded with the exception perhaps of Poppy, who's sweet to the point of dull and just seems kind of...wet. Even her decision to leave her husband (before the book began) seems to have been made without any violent emotion. I thought this was one of the best books that Nicky Pellegrino has written and I really enjoyed it.

  • Aromas de Cor (Helena Rodrigues)
    2019-01-28 15:15

    Todos sabem que eu gosto muito dos livros da Nicky Pellegrino, estão no topo da minha estante da sala, juntamente com os livros da Joanne Harris e os da Sveva.O livro como sempre descreve um qualquer cenário idílico em Itália, desta vez a Sicília, e uma vez mais à semelhança de outros livros, vamos partilhar: comida, sentimentos e muita emoção.Uma história simples, uma villa italiana, convertida em escola de culinária (por favor enviem-me para lá!), Luca um chef atormentado, mas apaixonado por comida, pelos ingredientes, que depois combina com muito amor para recriar pratos da sua infância. O ingrediente secreto? Chocolate.Um romance que decorre entre o passado e o futuro. Passado nas recordações, nas memórias do chef, das suas 4 alunas e de alguns membros das aldeias próximas. Naquela casa, cozinha, as 4 mulheres vão ter a sua vida mudada para sempre. Uma cumplicidade que cresce, um amor que se descobre e algum ciúme à mistura, nas belas paisagens e elementos típicos italianos: vinhas, olivais aliados à gastronomia e produtos típicos: gelato, biscotti, chocolate.Há uma loja que lembra mesmo um pouco a loja de Vianne do livro Chocolate de Joanne Harris, um pouco menos delicado mas sensível aos problemas dos outros e encontra sempre uma solução no chocolate. Mas a história centra-se em 4 mulheres; Poppy a jovem divorciada que procura família em Itália; Valerie que perdeu o marido recentemente; Moll que tem um blog de culinária e que aprender o máximo que puder e Tricia uma advogada que de todas é a que menos aprecia cozinhar.Há livros em que gosto de falar e descrever um pouco da história, neste acho que quebraria o encanto, acho que há livros que temos de ser nós a descobrir a história, de conhecer cada personagem e sentir o livro acima de tudo.

  • Zwart Raafje
    2019-02-10 21:12

    Ik heb jaren terug een periode gehad waarin ik het ene boek na het andere verslond waarin liefde en culinaire lekkernijen centraal stonden. Af en toe vind ik het nog steeds leuk om dit soort verhalen te lezen en daardoor was ik nieuwsgierig naar dit boek van Nicky Pellegrino.De verschillende perspectieven zorgde voor voldoende afwisseling en ze boden het verhaal ook wat meer dimensie. Ik vond het echter wel wat vreemd om af en toe over te schakelen van 3de persoon naar 1ste persoon. De fragmenten in 1ste persoon waren een soort van transformatie-fragment waardoor je meteen wist dat je de invalshoek van een ander karakter ging volgen.Moll en Tricia zijn de personages die het meest naar voren kwamen van het groepje vrouwen. Ze zijn echter ook de twee vrouwen die in het begin een lichte afkeer oproepen. Moll doordat ze af en toe nogal betweterig of eerder stoeferig overkomt. Koken is echt een passie van haar en vooral in het begin van het verhaal komen haar uitspraken over alsof ze graag laat horen dat ze meer weet als de anderen. Tricia lijkt zich dan weer wat boven iedereen verheven te voelen. Het lijkt haar allemaal niet te kunnen boeien waardoor ze niet erg sociaal of open overkomt. Valerie is de oudste van hun groepje en Polly de jongste....Mijn volledige recensie kan jehierterugvinden.

  • Heidi
    2019-02-04 18:59

    What a fun book! If you love cooking, then this story will amuse you without a doubt. Four women come to Italy to attend a cooking school run by Luca. One is Australian, one American and two British women. There are some unusual friendship that develop as these four very different women come to see Italy and learn about the Italian passion for food and taste. There was something to like in each of the women and perhaps even find a little of yourself in them. How fun would it be to take off for a couple of weeks to attend a cooking school! Perhaps that is why it really struck a cord with me and I found myself every minute of it.

  • Mª João Monteiro
    2019-02-06 15:47

    Este romance alia algumas paisagens italianas a comida e produtos tradicionais. Pelo meio, conhecemos a história de quatro participantes num curso de verão de Luca Amore, na Sicília. Falando a sério, dava vontade de lá estar... Lê-se bem, mas as personagens são pouco aprofundadas e pouco carismáticas, rapidamente se esquecem. É um livro levezinho que tenta tratar vários assuntos sérios e que, quanto a mim, apenas os toca...Releitura no início de julho 2017 - a impressão sobre a leitura não se alterou.

  • Kristina
    2019-01-27 17:48

    Определено това беше книга от нетипичен за мен жанр, но пък страшно много ми хареса! Лесно и бързо се чете, историята те увлича и кой не обича Италия и тяхната невероятна кухня! <3 Идеалното лятно/плажно четиво!

  • ✦ Daniëlle ✦
    2019-02-20 16:13

    Na dit boek gelezen te hebben, wil ik alleen maar op een kookreis naar Italië. Lichtelijk voorspelbaar, maar niet storend. Leuke personages!

  • Irina
    2019-02-02 19:57

    3.5 estrelasNão recomendável a quem está a tentar perder peso! Fora isso, muito fofinho. :)

  • Harriet Smith
    2019-02-18 23:09

    Made me feel even more inspired than normal to travel and to take chances with this life of ours. The characters are beautifully written and the food and culture even more so.

  • Pernilla
    2019-01-24 20:01

    Won this book in a Goodreads giveaway some time ago, but it got lost in the back of the bookcase. Just came across it the other day and thought it was time to read it. It's a light feel good story that will definitely give you a taste of Italy. Love the different characters and how they come together. However I think the food, wine, coffee and the chocolate is the winner for me. At times I could even taste it. It makes you want to dash off to Italy and eat your way around the country. Well done Nicky. Look forward to reading more of your books.

  • Margherita
    2019-02-07 18:01

    I have loved all Pellegrino's books they are all special in their own way and since I love Italy I have a special place for these books in my heart. This book is really nice and it makes you taste all the recipes and smell all the ingredients and makes you crave a holiday to Sicily and Italian food. The romance in this book is also beautifully evolved and I have learnt so much from this book. I totally recommend this book to food lovers, Italy lovers, to those who need a holiday and those who also like a bit of romance.

  • Sharon
    2019-02-03 20:51

    A light but enjoyable read, set in Sicily with the focus on the local cuisine and food in general, whats not to like. I do not usually read what is termed romance fiction, which the library categorized this particular book , but the setting and the cookery lured me in. It transported my mind and took me on a holiday...which I needed and loved.

  • Soph
    2019-02-17 19:09

    I loved this book from beginning to end. A great summer easy read, that made me ravinous all the way through. The food imagery was so well written that I wanted to be there in the book eating with with characters; all of which were great. It had the potential to be 'just another chiclit' but something made this different; made it a bit special. I'm sad my time with this book is actually over...

  • Laurence Alder
    2019-01-31 16:49

    I finished this book early this year.. I mainly rated this book so high because of the amount of detail that the author relayed into the food. It made me hungry every time I picked it up, and the stories behind all the women were just great! A great read to make you feel warm (and hungry) inside.

  • may tate
    2019-01-23 20:47

    Good storyThis is another good read from Nicky Pellegrino. She takes you straight into Italian life. I'm not sure if it's as good as the others I've read, but still enjoyable, thank you.

  • Florita
    2019-02-01 20:13

    A light read, but nonetheless quite satisfying. An especially nice read in the grey depths of winter! I gobbled it up like the Sicilian delicacies that pepper the pages.

  • Nancy Harman
    2019-01-21 20:55

    Such a delight to read. I felt hungry most of the time! You can feel the heat of Sicily and taste the chocolate that is described in such loving detail. A lot very story.

  • Kristina
    2019-02-04 20:46

    Сладка, вкусна и романтична. С очакван край, но с желание за усливка. Храна на любовта те кара да искаш да отидеш веднага в Сицилия и да вкусиш от храната и аромата й.

  • Tara Russell
    2019-02-20 21:07

    Enjoyable and made me hungry every time I picked it up :-)

  • Hilary Mole
    2019-02-07 17:46

    This was quite good but I enjoyed other Nicky Pellegrino novels more

  • Tamara Quader
    2019-02-07 23:14

    The Food of Love Cookery School (2013) is a 279 page novel written by Nicky Pellegrino, a half English half Italian author who currently resides in New Zealand. It is important to note that although I personally found this book entertaining to read, it wasn’t really an enthralling or captivating story.In my personal opinion, I’ve never enjoyed books that jump around between too many characters because it makes it difficult for the reader to develop the personalities, andit makes it difficult for the reader to get a good grasp on each individual personality in order to really enjoy them. It also makes it difficult to decipher favourites or foster a sense of identification between yourself or someone else you know, and that particular character (does anyone else do that?) For this reason, jumping back and forth between four different women and periodical chapters based on the male protagonist, Luca, bothered me a little bit.The story was based in a Cookery School in Sicily, Southern Italy, run by an ex-photographer named Luca who is attempting to keep the recipes of his nonna alive by teaching them to tourists from all around the world. The four female protagonists are: Poppy, a recently divorced, mid 30’s, real estate agent who had signed up to the cooking course pre-dominantly so she could travel to Italy and research her own relatives who lived in Sicily before migrating to Australia. Valerie, a sweet late 50’s widow consumed by the grief of her second husband, trying to discover the joys of life without him. Tricia, a top London lawyer who is utterly bored with her husband and two children, she has a cynical attitude and embarked on the trip as a form of get away from her own mundane life, and Moll, a mother of two teenaged girls with an extreme passion and knowledge of food who spent her life savings on what she believes could be the trip of a lifetime.Then there is Luca Amore the young, handsome, mysterious, Sicilian chef who opened the Food of Love Cookery school in commemoration of his Nonna. There are also many other sub characters such as Orsolina the fashionable, Italian beauty, daughter of chocolate maker Vincenzo Mazzara.Positives:Pellegrino does a phenomenal job of describing the locations, surroundings, events, and alllllll the amazing Italian food that they buy or cook. My mouth was watering every time she would begin to talk of a new dish that they were going to cook, or one that Luca was making. It was well researched, well described and really did a great job of making me feel like I wanted to holiday in the South of Italy.The story itself was creative and it flowed nicely, it seems like the perfect kind of novel to read when you are looking for something entertaining but not too deep or difficult to read. I’d say its the type of book you would throw in your handbag during a holiday.The end of the book includes a range of different recipes that are made or described during the book which is a plus because it did have me googling the recipe for “maltagliati”.Negatives:As aforementioned, the novel jumped around too much between the characters which left little room for real character development and identification. We never knew the characters well and suddenly they would do an outrageous action which was unexpected and kind of make you dislike the character. None of them were really enjoyable or exciting people, except maybe Poppy who had much more of a storyline than any of the other women.The love story that begins to bloom is unrealistic, and as well, poorly developed. The characters are supposed to be there for two weeks and a full blown, loving relationship develops between two characters and you can’t really understand why they liked each other at all, or when they even had the chance to start feeling like that.Luca is a weak character and doesn’t really appear as the swarming heart throb that his character is intended to be. More so, Tricia is cynical and unpleasant and it seems unrealistic that the all the immoral actions she does are so easily accepted by all the other women.Valerie was really an unnecessary character and her chapters were often repetitive and had me feeling like I wanted to skip through her partsAll in all, I would rate the book 3/5 because although it wasn’t wildly boring, and I never really wanted to quit the book, I felt that there were too many characters and the story could have been much better had it just focused, for example, on Moll, Poppy and Luca, showing the juxtaposition of their lives. It would’ve been easier to read and the development of story lines would have flown nicely.It wouldn’t be at the very top of the recommendation pile, but I would suggest you give it a go if you don’t have many other options.

  • Eva
    2019-02-18 18:13

    É o primeiro livro que leio desta autora e, o que me levou a pegar nele, foi a alusão à expressão “Sabores Perdidos”; depois, a leitura da sinopse indicou-me que se tratava de uma incursão pela cozinha italiana, em território siciliano. Bem, com tudo isto ... para mim, o cenário perfeito estava montado ... A Itália é um país que sempre me atraiu pela culinária, pela paisagem e sobretudo pela História, que, algures, em tempos passados esteve próxima de Portugal e nos deixou legado.Este é um texto bem construído, mas sem pretensiosismos; constitui uma leitura descontraída, de férias, sejam elas à beira-mar sob um sol brilhante ou nas proximidades das labaredas quentes de uma lareira. A ação passa-se numa aldeia da Sicília, rodeada de paisagens deslumbrantes, com vistas para o interior e não muito longe do mar; neste ambiente campesino e sonhador é possível visionar elementos típicos da região, como as vinhas e os olivais e deglutir produtos característicos e emblemáticos como o gelado, o chocolate e as massas.As personagens principais são quatro mulheres que, provenientes dos quatro cantos do mundo, se inscrevem para um mesmo curso de cozinha italiana; este era promovido por uma escola de culinária, dirigida por jovem homem da povoação de “Favio”, que tinha tanto de atraente como de enigmático e atormentado; e esta sua situação irá, também ela, despoletar sentimentos diversos e nem sempre apaziguadores entre os que com ele vão lidar.Com idades e personalidades diferentes, estas mulheres vão observar, trabalhar e aprender ao longo dos dias; essa sua aproximação vai permitir-lhes conhecerem-se melhor e vai levá-las a aceitarem-se, na medida do possível, até criarem laços de franqueza e alguma familiaridade. Cada uma delas vai absorver o que vê, admirar o que visita, avaliar o que prova, recriar pratos tradicionais da infância de um “chef” apaixonado pela comida com raízes na tradição local e familiar.Ao longo das páginas do texto, o leitor vai tomando conhecimento das suas histórias de vida e vai-se apercebendo dos seus gostos e preferências, origens e laços familiares, disponibilidades e prioridades.A história não fala só do presente, mas recorre também a muitas retrospeções, através da observação de tempos e acontecimentos passados que também virão, por fim, ajudar a explicar a situação presente.Não é um livro de grandes rasgos e não constituirá uma grande novidade; mas é agradável de ler, porque a vida também é constituída por pequenas coisas e é muitas vezes, através do seu bom encaminhamento e aproveitamento, que os dias adquirem mais e maior significado.Eva Laginha