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The Food of Love | [Anthony Capella]

The Food of Love

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.
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Publisher's Summary

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.

©2004 Anthony Capella; (P) W F Howes Ltd

What the Critics Say

"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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    Rebecca Saraland, AL, United States 02-07-07
    Rebecca Saraland, AL, United States 02-07-07 Member Since 2004
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    "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.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Kenneth Holland, PA, USA 12-21-09
    Kenneth Holland, PA, USA 12-21-09
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    "LOVED IT!!!"

    Great, breezy story. easy to listen to. Loved the Italian and the cooking terms too :)

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Gwendolyn Middletown Springs, VT, United States 04-23-08
    Gwendolyn Middletown Springs, VT, United States 04-23-08 Member Since 2006
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    "Food of Love"

    As a work of entertainment, this story wasn't terribly interesting. The characters were self-absorbed enough to make the reader disbelieve a relationship of any degree of depth could develop between them. The endless descriptions of recipes were very distracting--particularly since they did not include enough instruction to actually redeem the book as a cookbook. Then there was the narrator. He frequently had to pause to take drags on his cigarette. This wouldn't be so bad if he wasn't such a noisy smoker!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Stephanie Everett, WA, USA 03-13-08
    Stephanie Everett, WA, USA 03-13-08
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    "Disappointing to say the least..."

    After reading the summary I was expecting a engaging, fun, love story. However, this book was anything but. While the idea was great, the story itself was horrendous. The characters were hardly thought through and the pointless and bland dialogue was a complete let down. The sex scenes were strange and out of place. I kept waiting for it to get good, only to find that it didn't...

    To be fair, I did find the food descriptions somewhat interesting, but I'm not the type of person who enjoys listening about food for hours. Also, some points were humorous, but they were few and very far between. Overall, it was definately not worth the time or money.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Jennifer Farmington, MI, USA 08-28-07
    Jennifer Farmington, MI, USA 08-28-07
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    "worst narrator ever"

    I think this book is entertaining, however the narrator horrendous narration has distracted me throughout the whole book. I can't believe nobody else has written about it....I could be a better narrator! Rocco Sisto needs to find a different occupation....

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Ana Sarasota, FL, USA 03-17-07
    Ana Sarasota, FL, USA 03-17-07
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    "Makes me want more"

    I loved this book. I could not stop laughing throughout the whole book.

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    Rebecca Christian Alabama, USA 02-07-07
    Rebecca Christian Alabama, USA 02-07-07 Member Since 2004

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    "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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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  • Jane
    Sheffield, United Kingdom
    7/18/07
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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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Jasmine
    Crawley, West Sussex, United Kingdom
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    "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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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