Synopses & Reviews
The success of Like Water for Chocolate
(not to mention their film adaptations), and films such as Big Night
and Babettes Feast
confirms that fine food and romance are a winning combination. The Food of Love
, Anthony Capellas 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. Shes completely enamored of the art, beauty, and, of course, food that Rome has to offer. Soon shes enamored of the handsome and charming Tomasso, too, who tells her hes a chef at the famed Templi restaurant and proceeds to woo her with his gastronomic creations. But Tomasso hasnt been entirely truthfulhes 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.
"'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.)
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.
About the Author
Anthony Capella spends part of each year traveling in Italy. He is based in London and this is his first novel.