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Angelina's Bachelors: A Novel with Foodby Brian Oreilly
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Like Water for Chocolate meets Moonstruck in this heartwarming and mouth-watering debut novel about a young widow who discovers that good food is the only balm for an aching heart.
“The power of food is second only to sex,” says Angelina D’Angelo, the heroine of this charming novel. When Angelina finds herself suddenly widowed and jobless, she picks herself up the only way she knows how—cooking thick, rich lasagna; braided loaves of yeasty bread; herb-roasted chicken and risotto; classic beef bourguignon—churning out delicacies at an alarming rate. She makes so much food that before long she’s handing out serving platters to the neighbors.All this culinary activitiy catches the attention of retiree Basil, who has just moved in across the street with his elderly sister. Basil makes Angelina an offer she can’t refuse: to cook for him every day (saving him from his sister’s abysmal cooking) and he’ll pay her handsomely. Angelina jumps at the chance to earn some money while honing her craft—and soon expands her list of clientele to include a painfully shy young man, a cocky bachelor, a probable mobster and his driver, a dapper department-store clerk, and a seminarian-turned-novelist. This eclectic group of men forms a protective circle around Angelina—allowing her the space to heal and a willing audience for her blossoming cooking skills.
Filled to the brim with warmth—and a recipe in every chapter— Angelina’s Bachelors weaves a delectable tale of how a new family is formed from tragedy—and how the shortest distance between two people is the length of the kitchen table.
andlt;Iandgt;Sometimes the shortest distance between two people is the length of a kitchen table. . . .andlt;/Iandgt; andlt;BRandgt;andlt;BRandgt;Far too young to be a widow, Angelina Dand#8217;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 leftand#8212;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. andlt;BRandgt;andlt;BRandgt;Retiree Basil Cupertino, who has just moved in with his kindly sister across the street, is positively smitten with Angelinaand#8217;s food. In a stroke of good fortune, Basil offers Angelina (not only husbandless but unemployed) a job cooking for himand#8212;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 bachelorsand#8212;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. andlt;BRandgt;andlt;BRandgt;Filled to the brim with homemade warmth, andlt;Iandgt;Angelinaand#8217;s Bachelors andlt;/Iandgt;is a sweet tale of overcoming grief, redefining family, and following your heartand#8212;through food.
Newly-widowed Angelina finds that food is balm for an aching heart and the shortest distance between two people is the length of a kitchen table.
About the Author
andlt;bandgt;Brian Oand#8217;Reillyandlt;/bandgt; is a writer and producer.andnbsp;andnbsp;He was the creator and executive producer of Food Networkand#8217;s andlt;iandgt;Dinner: Impossibleandlt;/iandgt;.andnbsp; andlt;iandgt;Angelinaand#8217;s Bachelorsandlt;/iandgt; is his third book and first novel, after andlt;iandgt;Mission: Cook!andlt;/iandgt; and andlt;iandgt;Impossible to Easyandlt;/iandgt;.andnbsp; His culinary collaborator is his wife and partner, Virginia, a lifelong cook and culinary producer of their production company.andnbsp; In a perfect world, they believe, thereand#8217;d be pie every day.
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