The Wedding Officer by Anthony Capella
A Novel

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In the sumptuous tradition of Chocolat and Captain Corelli's Mandolin, and already optioned for a major motion picture, comes a magical tale of romantic passion, culinary delight—and Italy.

Captain James Gould arrives in wartime Naples assigned to discourage marriages between British soldiers and their gorgeous Italian girlfriends. But the innocent young officer is soon distracted by an intoxicating young widow who knows her way around a kitchen...Livia Pertini is creating feasts that stun the senses with their succulence—ruby-colored San Marzana tomatoes, glistening anchovies, and delectable new potatoes encrusted with the black volcanic earth of of Campania—and James is about to learn that his heart may rank higher than his orders. For romance can be born of the sweet and spicy passions of food and love—and time spent in the kitchen can be as joyful and exciting as the banquet of life itself!

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About Anthony Capella

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Anthony Capella is an author, self-proclaimed Italophile, and lover of all things culinary. He lives in Oxfordshire with his wife and three children. His first novel, "The Food of Love," was a Richard and Judy pick, and is being made into a film by DiNovi Pictures. "From the Hardcover edition.
Published May 1, 2007 by Bantam. 434 pages
Genres: History, Literature & Fiction, Sports & Outdoors, Professional & Technical, Humor & Entertainment, Romance, War. Fiction

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Capella (The Food of Love, 2004) again mingles amore with alimenti in this tale of a British officer who develops an appetite for all things Italian.

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London-based culinarian Capella (Food of Love) returns with the WWII-era story of Livia Pertini, a beautiful young widow who leaves her family's destitute country osteria to try to find work in Naples.

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All About Romance

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For dramatic effect (I assume), some of the conversations between James and Livia were described in the present tense, whereas other scenes were in the past tense.

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