La Cucina

by Lily Prior | Literature & Fiction |
ISBN: 0062283499 Global Overview for this book
Registered by xtrdnry of Parkdale, Victoria Australia on 4/20/2021
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Journal Entry 1 by xtrdnry from Parkdale, Victoria Australia on Tuesday, April 20, 2021
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.

Journal Entry 2 by xtrdnry at The Fat Cup Cafe in Blackburn, Victoria Australia on Tuesday, May 04, 2021

Released 1 mo ago (5/5/2021 UTC) at The Fat Cup Cafe in Blackburn, Victoria Australia

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Journal Entry 3 by wingmarmee463wing at Templestowe, Victoria Australia on Thursday, May 06, 2021
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Journal Entry 4 by wingmarmee463wing at Templestowe, Victoria Australia on Thursday, May 13, 2021
First published in 2001 it is a book of its time, a tad outdated now. It came at the end of a decade of all those books about disillusioned people relocating to run-down farms and vineyards in France, Italy and Greece (A Year in Provence (1991), Under the Tuscan Sun to name a few), and the delights of food and sex (Like Water for Chocolate (1993), Mistress of the Spices(1998) and, of course, Isabel Allende's Aphrodite. This is a pastiche of them all and, unfortunately, full of clichés about Italy and Sicily. Having said that, the recipes and the cooking were inspiring.
A light, quick holiday read.

Released 1 wk ago (6/9/2021 UTC) at Rosanna Fire Station Community House Library in Rosanna, Victoria Australia

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