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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©2004 Anthony Capella
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Critic reviews

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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3 out of 5 stars
By Jane on 18-07-07

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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5 out of 5 stars
By S. L. Johnson on 26-06-18

appeals to all of the senses

One of my favourite books, appeals to all of your senses as you read.

shame the narrator is a little robotic.

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3 out of 5 stars
By Rebecca on 07-02-07

A wandering, lackluster effort at best

I am sure that there will be many who disagree with me but I found this book rather disappointing. Though the Cyrano de Bergerac type plot line has been played out before I had thought the idea behind this book had the potential to be quite funny with just enough romance. However, the characters were cartoonish exaggerations of real people. The Italian playboy, the hopeless romantic, the clueless American tourist…there was no depth in these characters and I often found myself asking “Am I supposed to care?” There are several unnecessary side plots which could be completely eliminated as they add nothing to the book. Also, there was no humor whatsoever! This could have been so funny and endearing but came off a little like euro-trash. The only parts of this book which were vividly written and inciting were the passages about the food. And how much can you listen to someone describing what they are cooking and/or eating? Finally, I am no prude to cursing but it was a bit much as were the sex scenes. They were overdone. I would not recommend.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Scott Thomson on 17-10-15

Nice light read.

A nixe light read, good narration and an interesting concept on the gods of old.

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