Paperback: 352 pages
In a remote Sicilian mountain town, four women arrive at a cookery school, each at a turning point in their lives.
Moll is a foodie and an exhausted working mum on the holiday of a lifetime. Tricia, a top London lawyer is taking a break from the demands of her job and her family. Valerie, consumed by grief following the death of her partner, is trying to figure out how to live a life without him. And recently divorced Poppy has come to Sicily to learn about the place that her grandfather was born before emigrating to Australia.
Luca Amore runs the school, using the recipes passed down to him by generations of Amore women. He expects this course to be much like all the others – but as sparks fly, friendships are made and secrets are shared. And for each of them nothing will ever be the same.
The Food of Love Cookery School is narrated by each of our four women with a 3rd person narrative from Luca himself interspersed throughout. I loved this format as we get to know Poppy, Tricia, Valerie and Moll as the days of the cookery course progress.
Luca is an enigma. There is more underneath his distant exterior self and the more we get to know him the further removed he is from that young man who isn’t proud of the thing that happened. This was a great way of showing how decisions we make when younger often change as our values change with age.
Conflict comes from the daughter of the local chocolatier whose family is close to the Amore family and there is also conflict between two members in the group.
For me, the romance was secondary to the food and the friendships 🙂
I think that readers will identify with the women who are learning to cope with the lives they find themselves either moving towards or away from and the strategies they employ so that their lives are successful on the surface. A reminder of how the judgements we make are based on what we see … on our own experiences and perceptions. When I look back at my notes I can see how cleverly the author first introduces us to the women so that we do make those judgments.
I really enjoyed being with this group, not only as they learnt to cook but visiting each venue and becoming a part of the town. The writing pulled me in totally and their experiences became my own. I felt as if I had been on holiday!
At the end of my proof copy are some Food of Love recipes.
History, heritage, culture, the real meaning of food, romance and friendships are all a part of The Food of Love Cookery School. What’s not to like? If you haven’t read it already, add it to your summer reading list.
I won my proof copy last year from Sarah at Today I’m Reading. Thank you Sarah!