Synopses & Reviews
From failure to fusilli, this deliciously hilarious read tells the story of Giulia Melucci's fizzled romances and the mouth-watering recipes she used to seduce her men, smooth over the lumps, and console herself when the relationships flamed out.
From an affectionate alcoholic, to the classic New York City commitment-phobe, to a hipster aged past his sell date, and not one, but two novelists with Peter Pan complexes, Giulia has cooked for them all. She suffers each disappointment with resolute cheer (after a few tears) and a bowl of pastina (recipe included) and has lived to tell the tale so that other women may go out, hopefully with greater success, and if that's not possible, at least have something good to eat.
Peppered throughout Giulia's delightful and often poignant remembrances are fond recollections of her mother's cooking, the recipes she learned from her, and many she invented on her own inspired by the men in her life. Readers will howl at Giulia's boyfriend-littered past and swoon over her irresistable culinary creations.
"In the wake of several food-as-life memoirs, Melucci, a former v-p of publicity at Harper's Magazine, attempts to carve out her own niche as she narrates her love life through recipes. Shortly after college, Melucci sets out for New York City and soon starts to learn her way in the kitchen and in the bedroom while working for Spy magazine. Mining her Italian-American heritage, Melucci starts with the basics like pasta dishes and sauces and soon starts to cook for her first real boyfriend, Kit. While her relationship with Kit ends, her love for cooking continues as she winds her way through the dating world and several jobs in publishing. She describes several long- and short-lived relationships, ending with 'Lachlan Martyn Was Passionate... About Food,' her most entertaining chapter, about her fling with a Scotsman who left her once she secured a literary agent for him. Melucci, however, rarely makes compelling connections between her love for cooking and her love life (the recipes are uneven, although in their favor not intimidating and amusingly named: 'Morning After Pumpkin Bread' anyone?), and her men are too prosaic to keep the reader entertained for long. But Melucci is an amiable narrator whose book should find an audience among the Sex and the City set." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
" It's a foodie's dream version of Sex and the City
-Mario Batali, Chef/Author
"The culinary equivalent of a beach read... Melucci swims through the dating pool with pluck and unflagging humor."
-New York Times Book Review
"In this endearing memoir-with-recipes, cooking is an artistic endeavor that brings order to the chaos of dating."
"Anyone who has wondered, "Will I ever find Mr. Right?" will appreciate this sprightly debut."
"A sexy recipe autobiography."
"A tasty treat."
"Proves that the cure for a broken heart is pasta."
"Blends sex and food into a great comic feast of life."
"A scrumptious, hilarious and poignant memoir about sauce gone right and love gone wrong."
-Adriana Trigiani, bestselling author of VERY VALENTINE
"A wonderfully funny and moving book. It's like EAT PRAY LOVE, with recipes."
-A.J. Jacobs, author of THE KNOW-IT-ALL
About the Author
Giulia Melucci was born and raised in Brooklyn, New York where she still lives, but in a more fashionable neighborhood. She is the former Vice President of Public Relations for Harper's Magazine. She graduated from Sarah Lawrence College in 1988 and has been employed in publishing ever since, on the publicity side. Before joining Harpers in 2002 she worked at Spy Magazine, Atlantic Monthly Press, Viking, Dutton and Scribner.