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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Grand Central Publishing; First Edition edition (April 8, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0446534420
  • ISBN-13: 978-0446534420
  • Product Dimensions: 1.1 x 5.9 x 8.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (69 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #970,088 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From Publishers Weekly

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 © Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved. --This text refers to the Audio CD edition.

From Booklist

This little Italian girl from Brooklyn’s Bay Ridge surely did go through a lot of men in her search for Mr. Right. She also went through a lot of pasta. By day, Melucci worked as a publicist in a glamorous but poorly paid Manhattan job. One by one, she found boyfriends, fed them well, and established relationships. Thus, she recapitulates the hoary truth about the path to a man’s heart lying through his stomach. Hard as she tried, her relationships didn’t last, foundering over serious issues such as alcoholism or fear of commitment. It’s not for lack of her trying. She even took off work to create an Italian-influenced seder for a Jewish suitor. One reason for her constant disappointment lies in her affection for her late father, who gave her more love and support than she realized in her youth. Recipes included. --Mark Knoblauch

More About the Author

Giulia Melucci was born and raised in Brooklyn, New York where she still lives, but in a more fashionable neighborhood. She is the former Vice President of Public Relations for Harper's Magazine and previously worked at Spy Magazine, domino, Atlantic Monthly Press, Viking, Dutton and Scribner. She graduated from Sarah Lawrence College in 1988. I Loved, I Lost, I Made Spaghetti is her first book.

Contact Giulia Melucci at giulia@giuliamelucci.com



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Can't wait to try some of the recipes.
a reader
There are times when you want to be like "No! He's a jerk, get away!!" and others where you're in love with the guy too because he's so sweet and kind.
Deborah
Like Giulia Melucci, fine food and romance are what I love most.
Lynette R. Fleming

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18 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Transplanted New Yorker on July 8, 2009
Format: Kindle Edition
This book is worth buying for the recipes -- but the narrative didn't work for me. There are FAR too many minute details about each relationship. For me, it bogged things down and prevented it from being the funny, light-hearted book I was expecting.

Another thing that surprised me ... Giulia Melucci is obviously a very pretty, stylish, intelligent woman (at least as far as I can see in the jacket bio and photo) -- but she comes off as desperate and very, very naive about what she wanted, or thought she wanted. That's ok, if it's coupled with some funny self-reflection ... but that seemed to be missing.
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24 of 29 people found the following review helpful By Deborah VINE VOICE on April 13, 2009
Format: Hardcover
I'm normally not a fan of memoirs or even most non fiction. Unless I have to read a book for school, you can usually find me with a fiction book in my hands. However, this book was totally able to capture my attention and may have made a convert out of me. Reading it was like reading about my own life. It made me laugh, cry, cringe, and be hungry all at the same time. Giulia's writing makes you feel like you're sitting at the table after dinner with a glass of wine and catching up on old stories. As Giulia goes through each relationship, my heart ached for her and I really felt like I was there and needed to console her. There are times when you want to be like "No! He's a jerk, get away!!" and others where you're in love with the guy too because he's so sweet and kind. There are some scenes where I just burst out laughing at how Giulia attempts to win the guy over because it was exactly how I used to act. They're so reminiscent of my life that it's almost painful to read.

The highlight of the book is all the food that is mentioned. The recipes are interwoven into each relationship as Giulia talks about the different meals and dishes she would make for each guy. Never one to eat a same meal twice, Giula takes pride in the way she cooks and each dish has a special meaning. The food mentioned in here are to die for. They are simple to make, with easy ingredients that aren't hard to find, yet they are a step above the norm. You can make them for a dinner party and will totally impress your guests. The titles of the dishes range from normal (Grilled Marinated Flank Steak) to fancy (Linguine with Friendly Little Fish) to hilarious (Spaghetti and Meatballs for Cooking Sluts and Those Who Love Them).
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Jane B. Pond on November 24, 2009
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I found this personal journey repetitive, depressing, humorless, and annoying self-deprecating. I could find no warmth, just neediness in the main character. And the recipes were not unusual enough to add interest.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Mom of Sons VINE VOICE on October 8, 2009
Format: Hardcover
This is a cute book, but it has the feel of a journal more than a book. It doesn't clip right along, making me want to turn pages. It's more like a record of what happened, and could have benefited from some judicious editing, because there's good stuff here. She just goes on too long, like a friend who tells long stories. You're interested, you care...but you wish she'd get to the point.

For example: "The weekend was cloudy, and I was trapped in that mental prison known as waiting-for-the-phone-to-ring. I checked my cell phone every two minutes. Saturday night, I called him. He had groused about my never calling, after all. I got only his voice mail. Sunday morning, I went to Mass to try to get some peace, but nothing worked. I scratched and scratched at a mosquito bite I probably got at that silly game."

She goes on to describe what she did the next day, the day after, and the day after, finally getting to the interesting part: the bad breakup email from the boyfriend on Wednesday.

I'd like to hear more from this author as I think she has real promise, and I love the focus on the food. But the narrative needs to be tighter. I liked the book, but I was not thinking about it during the day and looking forward to getting back to reading it each night. It just kind of sat there on my nightstand.

Rating: 3 1/2 stars.
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19 of 25 people found the following review helpful By D. Evans on June 22, 2009
Format: Hardcover
Sorry. I really wanted to love this book. But, this woman makes intelligent women everywhere look really naive (or, should I just say "stupid".) The recipes look great and I will try some...eventually. I was just so disappointed in this book that I can't bring myself to open it back up. I wouldn't even call it a good beach read for the summer. There were a couple of instances of witty writing that made me laugh out loud, but for such a slim book, those were few and far between.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By L. Phipps on April 15, 2010
Format: Hardcover
I liked the book in the beginning and then I was bored and got tired of the relationships and sadness. The recipes were worth reading, but this was too much of one person's life that wasn't that interesting. I wanted something good maybe just being happy being single but I felt nothing good. I think more of her youth and family would have saved it for me. Too much self pity. Read it for the recipes. That is the reason for the 3 star rating the recipes.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Emily on April 2, 2010
Format: Hardcover
Interesting enough to read through to the end. Nothing satisfying in the finish, as the story really isn't finished. I won't comment on the main character, since she is the author, except to say that she doesn't seem to learn from her experiences. Half the recipes are from epicurious.com which comprises the recipes of Gourmet and Bon Apetit magazines. The chapter titles and recipe names try too hard. I like memoirs that read like novels and include relevant recipes, but this book is not an appealing addition to the genre.
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