I discovered La Cucina by Lily Prior via Goodreads.com recommendation. After having read the synopsis I thought that this seemed like a cute little book for my book club to read and therefore made the suggestion to my group.
The following is the synopsis from www.goodreads.com :
“Since childhood, Rosa Fiore — daughter of a sultry Sicilian matriarch and her hapless husband — found solace in her family’s kitchen. La Cucina, the heart of the family’s lush estate, was a place where generations of Fiore women prepared sumptuous feasts and where the drama of extended family life was played out around the age-old table.
When Rosa was a teenager, her own cooking became the stuff of legend in this small community that takes pride in the bounty of its landscape and the eccentricity of its inhabitants. Rosa’s infatuation with culinary arts was rivaled only by her passion for a young man, Bartolomeo, who, unfortunately, belonged to another. After their love affair ended in tragedy, Rosa retreated first into her kitchen and then into solitude, as a librarian in Palermo. There she stayed for decades, growing corpulent on her succulent dishes, resigned to a loveless life.
Then, one day, she meets the mysterious chef, known only is I’Inglese, whose research on the heritage of Sicilian cuisine leads him to Rosa’s library, and into her heart. They share one sublime summer of discovery, during which I’lnglese awakens the power of Rosa’s sensuality, and together they reach new heights of culinary passion. When I’Inglese suddenly vanishes, Rosa returns home to the farm to grieve for the loss of her second love. In the comfort of familiar surroundings, among her, growing family, she discovers the truth about her loved ones and finds her life transformed once more by the magic of her cherished Cucina.
Exuberant and touching, La Cucina is a magical evocation of lifes mysterious seasons and the treasures found in each one. It celebrates family, food, passion, and the eternal rapture of romance.”
I assumed that this was going to be a light read. Boy was I wrong! But I’m sure glad that I was. This was a delightful read, jam packed with action, adventure, romance, humor, heartbreak, and lots and lots of cooking. This novel is incredibly inventive and original, not to mention a true page turner. I highly recommend this book.
For any Baltimore residents who which to purchase this book, you can do so at the following location:
Barnes and Noble (Power Plant)
601 East Pratt Street
Baltimore, MD 21202