The Food of Love

  • by Anthony Capella
  • Narrated by Rocco Sisto
  • 10 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

A Richard and Judy Summer Read selection.Laura Patterson is an American exchange student in Rome who, fed up with being inexpertly groped by her young Italian beaus, decides there's only one sure-fire way to find a sensual man: date a chef. Then she meets Tomasso, who's handsome, young, and cooks in the exclusive Templi restaurant. Perfect. Except, unbeknownst to Laura, Tomasso is in fact only a waiter at Templi; it's his shy friend Bruno who is the chef. But Tomasso is the one who knows how to get the girls, and when Laura comes to dinner he persuades Bruno to help him with the charade. It works: the meal is a sensual feast, Laura is utterly seduced, and Tomasso falls in...lust. But it is Bruno, the real chef, who has secretly prepared every dish Laura has eaten, and who falls deeply and unrequitedly in love.

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What the Critics Say

A Richard and Judy Book Club selection."Infused by the spirit of Italy, sunshine, and the food of love - what more could anyone want?" (Evening Herald, Ireland)
"What an incredible first novel....Very sexy, laugh-out-loud funny....I couldn't recommend it more highly." (Nigel Havers, Richard and Judy's Summer Read, Channel 4)

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Customer Reviews

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Entertaining but not flawless

I enjoyed this but only in a light-summer-read kind of way. The basic premise of a foody take on Cyrano de Bergerac is quite well set up, and the narrative conveys an enticing sense of Italy, Italians and Italian food. That said, the plot seems to rather run out of steam before the end and goes off at some fairly wild tangents before finally bringing the two lovers together.

The reader is OK, but I rather got the impression that they had chosen someone with Italian credentials rather than someone who was able to do full justice to the light comedy of the narrative.
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- Jane

Great for cooks

This story is nice - really enjoyable if you like food and cooking, as they tell you lovely Italian recipes throughout, but the reader is not so good. He is slow and stilted, and would really have benefitted from reading it through a few times before recording, as it felt obvious to me that he wasn't used to the script as he paused alot between words; I got used to it after a while, but it distracted me to start with.
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- Jasmine

Book Details

  • Release Date: 10-01-2007
  • Publisher: Whole Story Audiobooks