Melucci, a publicity executive, clearly knows her way around the cucina, and her clever memoir of being loved and left includes the recipes she associates with her exes. The recipes are mostly Italian, and the men are mostly losers, but listeners will have a good time laughing with Melucci at her various boyfriends' foibles (even as they wonder why such a smart and funny woman chooses the same type of childish man over and over). Melucci does a wonderful job narrating; her voice carries the listener through the first flush of new romance to the final indignities of a relationship gone wrong. The audio format does not work well for the recipes, however; listeners eager to cook these fabulous meals should get a copy of the print version to keep from rewinding the audio book repeatedly while jotting down recipes. A Grand Central hardcover (Reviews, Jan. 26). (May) Copyright 2009 Reed Business Information.
"Giulia Melucci skimps on no ingredient in this witty and
surprisingly tender tale of passion, pasta, and learning to love
(and cook for) yourself."
-Lucinda Rosenfeld, author of the novels WHAT SHE SAW... and the forthcoming I'M SO HAPPY FOR YOU
"A scrumptious, hilarious and poignant memoir about sauce gone right and love gone wrong. The recipes are amazing, as is Giulia's razor sharp ability to put romance in perspective. Every Italian mother teaches that pasta sustains, but so do wisdom and the courage of a loving heart. You get heaps of all three in this brilliant story."
-Adriana Trigiani, bestselling author of BIG STONE GAP, LUCIA, LUCIA, and VERY VALENTINE
"Giulia Melucci has written a wonderfully funny and moving book. It's like EAT PRAY LOVE, with recipes."
-A.J. Jacobs, bestselling author of THE YEAR OF LIVING BIBLICALLY and THE KNOW-IT-ALL
"Melucci's witty tales of New York romances intertwined with delicious recipes makes for a delightfully irresistible memoir. It's a foodie's dream version of Sex and the City!"
-Mario Batali, Chef/Author
"Giulia Melucci's food-and-heartbreak memoir is "Heartburn" without the heartburn. Come for the girlfriend-to-girlfriend sharing of epic tales of urban singlehood but stay for Melucci's candor, humor, and recipes. This book truly hits the spot."
-Laura Zigman, author of Animal Husbandry and Piece of Work
"Wry, personable, and at times even snortingly funny . . . root for a woman who learns to nourish her own stomach -and soul-even when her heart's been flambeed." -"Entertainment Weekly" --