The Food of Love by Anthony Capella

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The success of Like Water for Chocolate and Chocolat (not to mention their film adaptations), and films such as Big Night and Babette’s Feast confirms that fine food and romance are a winning combination. The Food of Love, Anthony Capella’s delicious first novel, follows suit and tempts readers to devour it at one sitting.

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 Tomasso, too, who tells her he’s a chef at the famed Templi restaurant and proceeds to woo her with his gastronomic creations. But Tomasso hasn’t been entirely truthful—he’s really just a waiter. The master chef behind the tantalizing meals is his talented but shy friend Bruno, who loves Laura from afar. Thus begins a classic comedy of errors full of romance, culinary magic, and the sensual atmosphere of Italy. The result is a delightful debut novel to be savored by all readers of romantic comedy, connoisseurs of armchair travel, and the ever-growing audience for writings about food.


About Anthony Capella

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Anthony Capella spends part of each year traveling in Italy. He is based in London and this is his first novel.
Published June 3, 2004 by Time Warner Books UK dump list. 324 pages
Genres: Romance, Literature & Fiction, Humor & Entertainment. Fiction

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Fortunately for Tomasso, his roommate Bruno is a chef—at Templi—and the meal he concocts (and Tomasso passes off as his own) removes any qualms Laura may have had about spending the night.

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Secondary characters are fully realized, especially earthy Benedetta, Bruno's truffle country consolation until she urges him to follow his heart back to Laura.

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The peasant food contrasts sharply with the overworked dishes which Bruno prepares in Rome's top restaurant, but what I found most interesting was the way that the food in the countryside of Northern Italy differed from that of Rome.

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