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I Loved, I Lost, I Made Spaghetti Hardcover – April 8, 2009
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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)
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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
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Top customer reviews
That said I can also admit that I've done my share of cooking my way into a man's heart (both in my single days and later as a wife). Like Giulia Melucci, fine food and romance are what I love most. Rather than judge her as did several other reviewers, I enjoyed her boyfriend tales dotted with recipes like treasure hidden in the forest.
Most cookbooks follow the same boring format ... introductory chapter, recipe, recipe, recipe. If you're looking for a cookbook, this isn't it. This is a tale of love, found and lost, intermingled with easy-to-make fabulous, mostly Mediterranean recipes. For a light-hearted read and a look into a life perhaps very different from your own, this book's the one. Buy it, love it, and share it!
Giulia tells the story of her search to find someone special to share her life with in Brooklyn. She's a smart, PR Exec, working in the city in fashion media. Seemingly she has it all together. She then shares the details of the men she's chased after and the ultimate failures of those relationships and you realize... even a girl who "has it all" sometime's doesn't.
She is funny and writes like she's telling her story to friends over lunch. If she were my friend though, I would have grabbed her by the shoulders and said.... "Girl, if he's not that into you and if you have to grow on each other like mold, let him go! Don't chase him! You deserve sooo much better."
I found it to be a good, easy and fun read.