Margherita’s Recipes for Love

Australian Women’s Weekly NZ - - BOOKS - MJ by Elisabetta Flumeri and Gabriella Gi­a­cometti, Si­mon & Schus­ter.

Tus­cany, food, wine and love lured me to open the pages of what I hoped would pro­vide a few days of es­cape from the drea­ri­ness of win­ter. But even though these se­duc­tive in­gre­di­ents are sprin­kled through­out (and in the bonus back sec­tion of recipes), they seem mixed with an overly heavy hand. When her hus­band’s in­fi­delity be­comes too much to bear, tal­ented cook Margherita leaves him and Rome, and re­turns home to Tus­cany to re­assess her life and spend time with her fa­ther Ar­mando. While there, she has an ab­surd en­counter with a frozen-food-lov­ing busi­ness­man, in­volv­ing an over-full shop­ping bag and a squid. On meet­ing Mr Tall, Dark and Hunky, the culi­nary sim­i­les pour out of her: “he was like a fancy cream puff, not just some sponge cake you might wolf down for break­fast...” They’re chalk and cheese but in that al­ter­nate world where op­po­sites at­tract, they make a love con­nec­tion. On fin­ish­ing the book, though, I felt the sub-plot of Ar­mando’s ro­mance with his tango in­struc­tor was far more in­trigu­ing than the lead story. Orig­i­nally writ­ten in Ital­ian, per­haps the sub­tleties of amore got lost a lit­tle in trans­la­tion.

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