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Escape to Italy with this sumptuous story of secrets and friendships under Mediterranean skies. Maeve Binchy for a younger audience, Pellegrino's inviting, sun-drenched formula proved to be a winner with her previous book, Italian Wedding. This one will be the same.
As reviewed by Toni Whitmont in the April Booktopia Buzz. Click here to see all of Booktopia's Newsletters.
A recipe for life should be a simple thing: love and happiness, family,
friends and a little food. But life is rarely straightforward...Alice
wants to make the most of life - after all, she knows how fragile it
can be - and knows she never feels more alive than when she's cooking.
Babetta has spent a lifetime tending the garden of her tiny house on the Italian coast, growing food to feed a family now grown and gone. One summer these two women are brought together in a crumbling Mediterranean villa, with the shared language of food and the soil they grow it from. There, under the heat of the Italian sun, or the shade of the pomegranate tree, secrets will be spoken, fears and hopes shared. But life's lessons are not learnt easily.
Recipe For Life is a novel about discovering how life never stops surprising us, and about how, with a little love and courage, its flavours can be richer than we ever imagined.
About the Author
Nicky Pellegrino's Italian father came to England and fell in love with a Liverpool girl. Bringing his passion for food to his new family, his Italian mantra that you live to eat not eat to live is one of the inspirations behind Nicky's delicious novels. Now living in New Zealand, where she works as a journalist, Nicky hordes her holidays so she and her husband can return to Italy to see family, eat the best mozzarella and research her books.
'a slice of pure sunshine' GOOD HOUSEKEEPING '[a] tale of friendship which features beautiful food descriptions.' STAR MAGAZINE 'an amazing book ... it's a wonderful and enchanting read ... one fo those books you want to read and reread. It's endearing, entertaining and inspiring' NOVELICIOUS.COM
Published: 18th March 2010
Dimensions (cm): 23.4 x 15.4 x 2.9
Weight (kg): 0.465