Hill Climb Racing 2 Industrial Deals Beauty Most Anticipated Fall Children's Books Shop new men's suiting nav_sap_plcc_ascpsc Learn more about Amazon Music Unlimited PCB for Musical Instruments Starting at $39.99 Grocery Handmade Tote Bags Home Gift Guide Off to College Home Gift Guide Book a house cleaner for 2 or more hours on Amazon Transparent Transparent Transparent  Introducing Echo Show Introducing All-New Fire HD 10 with Alexa hands-free $149.99 Kindle Oasis, unlike any Kindle you've ever held Trade in. Get paid. Go shopping. Shop Now STEMClubToys17_gno

Customer Review

on February 1, 2011
If you are like me, you are drawn to Italy for many reasons. The food, the history, the scenery, the language and the lifestyle are the highlights for me. Lately, I have been on a bit of a hunt to read every account of Americans in Italy that I can get my hands on. But, most of them are more like fairy tales than real life. Not everyone who falls in love with Italy can afford to or wants to move there, have an affair with a devastatingly attractive Italian and renovate an old farm house. But that seems to be what most of these books are about.

Beyond the Pasta is not that book. Instead, it is the combination of the most authentic Italian recipes you are likely to find with one of the sweetest, most relatable accounts of an American's time in Italy. Mark Leslie writes in a style which makes you feel like if you had lived this experience, you could have written it. When he shares his thoughts and reactions, you immediately think, "that sounds just like something I would do." Because of this form of storytelling, by the end of the book, your emotions are almost as invested as Mark's. About half way through the book, I started forcing myself to slow down because I wanted it to last longer. (Kind of like a good meal.) Anyone interested in Italy, food, or even how people from different cultures can grow together will love this book.
0Comment| 4 people found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you?YesNoReport abuse| Permalink
What's this?

What are product links?

In the text of your review, you can link directly to any product offered on Amazon.com. To insert a product link, follow these steps:
1. Find the product you want to reference on Amazon.com
2. Copy the web address of the product
3. Click Insert product link
4. Paste the web address in the box
5. Click Select
6. Selecting the item displayed will insert text that looks like this: [[ASIN:014312854XHamlet (The Pelican Shakespeare)]]
7. When your review is displayed on Amazon.com, this text will be transformed into a hyperlink, like so:Hamlet (The Pelican Shakespeare)

You are limited to 10 product links in your review, and your link text may not be longer than 256 characters.

Please write at least one word
You must purchase at least one item from Amazon to post a comment
A problem occurred while submitting your comment. Please try again later.

There was a problem loading comments right now. Please try again later.