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A handsome waiter, a chef too shy to follow his heart and a beautiful American student: A four-course comedy of errors in the trattorias of Rome.

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 hasn'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.

Review:

"'She had never eaten food like this before. No: she had never eaten before.' And that's just the first of 22-year-old Laura Patterson's gustatory epiphanies in Rome, where she has come to study art history. Handsome Tomasso seduces her with succulent baby artichokes and frothy zabagliones, but what the reader knows and Laura doesn't is that Tomasso is a waiter. The creator of the rapturous meals is his best friend, Bruno, who has a big nose, a poet's soul and a mad passion for Laura. Capella's spin on Cyrano is his debut novel, but his sentences are as expert as Bruno's sauces, and he serves up a brilliant meal of soothing predictabilities punctuated by surprises. Secondary characters are fully realized, especially earthy Benedetta, Bruno's truffle country consolation until she urges him to follow his heart back to Laura. The cooking lesson e-mails at the end of the book are like a second glass of grappa, too much of a good thing, but Capella is deservedly the subject of buzz in the food world. This is a foodie treat. Agent, Caradoc King, A.P. Watt, London. (July 12) Forecast: Sophisticated gourmets will realize right away that Capella's no poseur (he quotes Marcella Hazan, for starters). With film rights sold to Warner and foreign rights sold in Brazil, Finland, Germany, Holland, Japan, Sweden and the U.K, this is poised for high-caloric success. Five-city author tour." Publishers Weekly (Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information, Inc.)

Review:

"A fantastic book...makes you feel like you're there in Italy." Jamie Oliver

Review:

"Seasoned with the right blend of romance and humor, it invites readers to savor each delicious word." Library Journal

Review:

"A lighthearted and entertaining novel set in the Eternal City reading the book is like going to your favorite Roman trattoria." The Washington Post Book World

Synopsis:

In the spirit of Like Water for Chocolate and Chocolat, Capella's delicious first novel, tempts readers to devour it at one sitting and confirms that fine food and romance are a winning combination.

Synopsis:

A fantastic book makes you feel like youre there in Italy

--Jamie Oliver

In Anthony Capellas 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 shes enamored of the handsome and charming Tommaso, who tells her hes a chef at the famed Templi restaurant and begins to woo her with his gastronomic creations.

But Tommaso hasent been entirely truthfulhes really just a waiter.

The master chef behind the tantalizing meals is Tommasos 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) Brunos food of amore,

--People

A] well-fashioned fable.

--The New York Times Book Review

A lighthearted and entertaining novel set in the Eternal City reading the book is like going to your favorite Roman trattoria.

--The Washington Post Book World

About the Author

Anthony Capella spends part of each year traveling in Italy. He is based in London, and this is his first novel.

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Jennifer Wallace, August 26, 2006 (view all comments by Jennifer Wallace)
Cyrano de Bergerac for the foodie set! I loved this book. It is full of food descriptions so rich you can almost smell them and translations of pithy Roman expressions that would make a sailor blush. This is a book that truly captures the spirit of the love of cooking and cooking as an expression of the deepest of emotions.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780452286559
Author:
Capella, Anthony
Publisher:
Plume
Subject:
General
Subject:
Literary
Subject:
Humorous
Subject:
Romance - General
Subject:
Romance - Contemporary
Edition Description:
Paperback / softback
Publication Date:
20050628
Binding:
Paperback
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
320
Dimensions:
7.92x5.42x.72 in. .58 lbs.

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Product details 320 pages Plume Books - English 9780452286559 Reviews:
"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "'She had never eaten food like this before. No: she had never eaten before.' And that's just the first of 22-year-old Laura Patterson's gustatory epiphanies in Rome, where she has come to study art history. Handsome Tomasso seduces her with succulent baby artichokes and frothy zabagliones, but what the reader knows and Laura doesn't is that Tomasso is a waiter. The creator of the rapturous meals is his best friend, Bruno, who has a big nose, a poet's soul and a mad passion for Laura. Capella's spin on Cyrano is his debut novel, but his sentences are as expert as Bruno's sauces, and he serves up a brilliant meal of soothing predictabilities punctuated by surprises. Secondary characters are fully realized, especially earthy Benedetta, Bruno's truffle country consolation until she urges him to follow his heart back to Laura. The cooking lesson e-mails at the end of the book are like a second glass of grappa, too much of a good thing, but Capella is deservedly the subject of buzz in the food world. This is a foodie treat. Agent, Caradoc King, A.P. Watt, London. (July 12) Forecast: Sophisticated gourmets will realize right away that Capella's no poseur (he quotes Marcella Hazan, for starters). With film rights sold to Warner and foreign rights sold in Brazil, Finland, Germany, Holland, Japan, Sweden and the U.K, this is poised for high-caloric success. Five-city author tour." Publishers Weekly (Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Review" by , "A fantastic book...makes you feel like you're there in Italy."
"Review" by , "Seasoned with the right blend of romance and humor, it invites readers to savor each delicious word."
"Review" by , "A lighthearted and entertaining novel set in the Eternal City reading the book is like going to your favorite Roman trattoria."
"Synopsis" by , In the spirit of Like Water for Chocolate and Chocolat, Capella's delicious first novel, tempts readers to devour it at one sitting and confirms that fine food and romance are a winning combination.
"Synopsis" by , A fantastic book makes you feel like youre there in Italy

--Jamie Oliver

In Anthony Capellas 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 shes enamored of the handsome and charming Tommaso, who tells her hes a chef at the famed Templi restaurant and begins to woo her with his gastronomic creations.

But Tommaso hasent been entirely truthfulhes really just a waiter.

The master chef behind the tantalizing meals is Tommasos 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) Brunos food of amore,

--People

A] well-fashioned fable.

--The New York Times Book Review

A lighthearted and entertaining novel set in the Eternal City reading the book is like going to your favorite Roman trattoria.

--The Washington Post Book World

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