Book Review: The Food of Love

I’ve truly learnt a lot of Italian phrases from Anthony Capella and here are some of my favourites:

“…what your first Italian date told you to say to anyone who got fresh with you..”
1.“Cacati in mano e prenditi a schiaffi”
lit: Take a shit on your hands and then smack your own face

2.“Lei e’un cafone stronzo, vada via in culo”
lit: You’re a piece of shit, so get back up your own arse!

2.“Guardone ti sorella e allupato ti bagnasti”
lit: It turns you on to watch your sister and me

And many more laugh-out-loud quotable Italian phrases. ♥
“Si nonnema teneva ‘o cazzo, ‘a chiammavamo nonno”
lit: If my Grandmother had a dick, we would have called her Grandpa

That, combined with the hilarity of cross-cultural language crises, a love triangle, and irresistibly mouth-watering descriptions of Italian cuisines, is the reason why this book is Awesome with the capital A. Recommending this to food-lovers and those seeking to immerse in an Italian adventure.

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Publisher: Viking Adult
Release: July 15, 2004
Genre: Chick-Lit, Fiction, Food, Paris, Romance
My Rating: 7 / 10
Recommended for: Holiday-goers, summer reads, weekend reads

If The Food of Love was ever to be made a movie:

LAURA PATTERSON: Hayden Panettiere
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TOMASSO MASSI: Milo Ventimiglia
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BRUNO: Zachary Quinto
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SYNOPSIS:
In Anthony Capella’s delicious debut novel, Laura, a twentysomething American, is on her first trip to Italy. She’s completely enamored of the art, beauty, and, of course, food that Rome has to offer. Soon she’s enamored of the handsome and charming Tommaso, who tells her he’s a chef at the famed Templi restaurant and begins to woo her with his gastronomic creations. But Tommaso hasen’t been entirely truthful he’s really just a waiter. The master chef behind the tantalizing meals is Tommaso’s talented but shy friend Bruno, who loves laura from afar. Thus begins a classic comedy of errors full of the culinary magic and the sensual stmosphere of Italy. The result is a romantic comedy in the tradition of Cyrano de Bergerac and Roxanne that tempts readers to devour it in one sitting. Evoking the sights, smells and flavors of Italy in sensuous prose, this lively book also features recipes for readers to create (or just dream about) Bruno’s food of amore.

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