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“She walks down the street with a swing in her step and a lift to her head. She radiates allure as if followed by a personal spotlight. She may be tall or short, slim or pneumatically curvaceous, dressed discreetly or ostentatiously - it matters not. Her gait, her composure, the very tilt of her head is an ode to grace and self-possession that makes her beautiful whatever her actual features reveal.”   

This is the bella figura, the Italian concept of making every aspect of life as beautiful as it can be, that Kamin Mohammadi discovered when she escaped the London corporate media world for a year in Italy. Following the lead of her new neighbors, she soon found a happier, healthier, and more beautiful way of living.   

The bella figura knows:

  • That the food you eat should give you pleasure while eating it. Pause for meals, and set a place, even if you are eating alone.
  • To seize any opportunity to get moving - be it taking the stairs, doing a coffee run at work, or dancing with abandon.
  • To drink a spoonful of excellent-quality extra-virgin olive oil four times a day.  
  • To seek out nature, be it a city park, a tree on your street, or some wild place.
  • And to love yourself. 

The bella figura - occupies her space, emotionally and physically, with style and entitlement. 

©2018 Kamin Mohammadi (P)2018 Random House Audio

Critic Reviews

“This book is my ideal type of armchair travel: immersive, insightful, seductive. In Bella Figura, Kamin Mohammadi takes us to the year in Florence that changed her life, and gives us the tools to bring the grace of the Italian lifestyle to our own lives. It’s a reminder to slow down, look around, taste, listen, and to open ourselves new to possibilities.” (Stephanie Danler, author of Sweetbitter)

“A beautiful meditation on the writer’s relocation from bustling London to bucolic Florence. It changed my mind in an instant, reminding me why I cherish slow living in southern Europe.” (Taiye Selas, The Guardian

"If you’ve ever thought about quitting your job, moving to Italy, wearing incredible clothes and eating unbelievable food, here’s your bible." (Fodors

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More than memoir or instruction

This sounded like an instructional memoir, similar to Eat, Pray, Love, but it was much more. The description of Tuscany was gripping and drew me in immediately and, inspired, I've started cooking some of my families traditional foods more. It was a lovely story, and wove in the characteristics of bella figura without me even noticing. The only part that wasnt smooth for me was the the author is Iranian, and the narrator is British. Kamin was mostly raised in England so this makes sense, but I often forgot until parts that described her physically were different than in my mind, or when she spoke of her family's traditions and I remembered they are Persian not Anglo. All in all, I loved this story of more than one adopted homeland.

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Inspired Me to Change My Lifestyle.

To my surprise, Kamin Mohammadi’s book inspired me to change my lifestyle. I picked up this book because I was looking for a distraction from a harsh winter. Why not take a vacation to Italy, if only in my mind. The story is sweet and tender and she paints a beautiful picture of Florence.
Halfway through the book an unexpected thing happened. I began to really taste my coffee, I stood up straighter, I began bringing a healthy homemade lunch to work, (no more bologna and mayonnaise sandwiches for me.) I included flowers on my grocery list and I took the stairs more often. I started living the Bella Figura way.
Thank you Ms. Mohammadi for sharing your story. I really enjoyed it.

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Not What I Expected; More of a memoir.

I was assuming that this would be more focus on the actual concept of Bella Figure, but it is more of a memoir of the time the author spent in Italy. That's not a bad thing, just not what I was hoping for. I feel like she spent more time than needed on her bedroom life with her boyfriends, but I suppose that more of a personal gripe. It felt like a too much information for a casual read. It wasn't super graphic, but still made me wish I could un-hear it.
With that out of the way, I still enjoyed her story and grabbed a few little tips and recipes out of it. I don't regret reading! I just wish there was more on the Bella Figure lifestyle.

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absolutely loved this book!! ah!

so great!! I loved the book beginning to end. it was so engaging and uplifting and I looked forward to listening it every chance I got !

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lovely escape

Great story, good recipes, nice way to escape for a little while, will definitely listen to it again.

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Absolutely lovely way to travel back to Florence ❤

This book transported me back to a place I love and still hold near & dear to my heart...Florence, Italy. From the glorious depiction of it's people & places to the sumptuous description of the amazing food that literally left my mouth watering, this book was such a pure pleasure that kept me smiling throughout the entire story. Thank you Ms Mohammadi for sharing your alluring story about living life ❤

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loved this book!

I loved reading about her adventure so much that I'm planning on doing the same thing! I am even going to buy the book so I can highlight her advice, cities and towns she recommends and get her recipes!

she speaks too fast for me to enjoy so I slowed her down to 8 and it was perfect!

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Love this!

This book took me right back to Florence. Thank you! 💛 highly recommended before or after your trip

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Mundane

This is the first audible book I’ve had to return…I was about 1/4 of the way through and just couldn’t do it anymore. There was absolutely nothing cathartic or even mildly pleasant about listening to this. It’s repetitive, uninteresting, and unoriginal. I somehow have the distinct impression the author oversold herself on the book deal, got to a point where the deadline was coming up, and found herself having to sprinkle in “recipes” and the Italian equivalent of Chinese fortune-cookie witticisms to compete the book. I’m all for light reads but this one is just too superficial.

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Loved it!

Perfect beach/vacay read! I purchased the audiobook version, read by the author. Beautiful voice, and wonderful memoir. Makes me want to visit Florence! Highly recommend.

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