Angelina's Bachelors by Brian O'Reilly
A Novel with Food

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Sometimes the shortest distance between two people is the length of a kitchen table. . . .

Far too young to be a widow, Angelina D’Angelo suddenly finds herself facing a life without her beloved husband, Frank. Late one night shortly after the funeral, she makes her way down to the kitchen and pours all of her grief and anger into the only outlet she has left—her passion for cooking. In a frenzy of concentration and swift precision, she builds layer upon layer of thick, rich lasagna, braids loaves of yeasty bread, roasts plump herb-rubbed chicken; she makes so much food that she winds up delivering the spoils to the neighbors in her tight-knit Italian community in South Philadelphia.

Retiree Basil Cupertino, who has just moved in with his kindly sister across the street, is positively smitten with Angelina’s food. In a stroke of good fortune, Basil offers Angelina (not only husbandless but unemployed) a job cooking for him—two meals a day, six days a week, in exchange for a handsome salary. Soon, word of her irresistible culinary prowess spreads and she finds herself cooking for seven bachelors—and in the process discovers the magical power of food to heal, to bring people together . . . and maybe even to provide a second chance at love.

Filled to the brim with homemade warmth, Angelina’s Bachelors is a sweet tale of overcoming grief, redefining family, and following your heart—through food.
 

About Brian O'Reilly

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Brian O'Reilly, creator and executive producer of Food Network's Dinner: Impossible, coauthored the unconventional cookbook Mission: Cook! and its sequel, Impossible to Easy. Angelina's Bachelors is his first novel. Brian's chief collaborator is his wife, culinary writer and producer Virginia O'Reilly. Xe Sands has more than a decade of experience bringing stories to life through narration, performance, and visual art, including recordings of Thrill of the Chase by Christina Crooks and Buttered Side Down by Edna Ferber. From poignant young adult fiction to powerful first-person narrative, Sands's characterizations are rich and expressive and her narrations evocative and intimate. She has also won multiple AudioFile Earphones Awards, including for her narration of The Sweet Relief of Missing Children by Sarah Braunstein.
 
Published August 9, 2011 by Gallery Books. 384 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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An utterly delightful debut novel from cookbook author and TV cooking-show producer O'Reilly.

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With such easy to understand instructions, Angelina’s Bachelors may find a home in the kitchen cabinet with all the other recipe books rather than on the library shelves as readers try to recreate the tantalizing fare that shows up on Angelina’s table.

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Brian O’Reilly wrote the story of Angelina’s Bachelors while his wife, Virginia, created the recipes for this captivating “Novel with Food.” I love “novels with food.” They just seem to weave a spell of comfort, and this one is no exception.

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