Captain James Gould is posted to Naples with very strict instructions;
keep the British troops from marrying all those pretty Italian women. WWII was rough on Italy, the Italian women
were hungry, penniless, and without any good prospects for making a
living. Most of them had lost family to
the war. For many of them, marrying a serviceman is the only way to avoid
starvation or prostitution. Livia
Pertini is a maestro in the kitchen; she has cooking in her blood. She is also
easy on the eyes. Not a bad
combination. Throw in a feisty Italian
temperament for spice and you have an intriguing woman. When she is hired as the cook for the British Officers James begins to find his
duty less clear. After all, what is
wrong with marrying a gorgeous Italian?
The trials of living with war are not ignored in the story. Italians fought courageously in the
underground to rid their country of fascism.
Capella does an excellent job of conveying the feeling of a country
suffering through WWII. He also gives us a lovely story about a man and a
woman. And you will learn of one of the Allies sillier ideas for winning
against the Germans.
In the sumptuous tradition of Chocolat and Captain Corelli's Mandolin, and already optioned for a major motion picture, comes a magical tale of romantic passion, culinary delight—and Italy.
Captain James Gould arrives in wartime Naples assigned to discourage marriages between British soldiers and their gorgeous Italian girlfriends. But the innocent young officer is soon distracted by an intoxicating young widow who knows her way around a kitchen...Livia Pertini is creating feasts that stun the senses with their succulence—ruby-colored San Marzana tomatoes, glistening anchovies, and delectable new potatoes encrusted with the black volcanic earth of of Campania—and James is about to learn that his heart may rank higher than his orders. For romance can be born of the sweet and spicy passions of food and love—and time spent in the kitchen can be as joyful and exciting as the banquet of life itself!
About the Author
Anthony Capella is a lover of all things culinary who lives in Oxfordshire, England. His previous novels, The Wedding Officer and The Food of Love, have been translated into twenty-two languages. He is at work on his next novel.
"Capella’s vividly sensuous command of the arts of both food and romance will attract readers."—Booklist
“Capella again mingles amore with alimenti in this tale of a British officer who develops an appetite for all things Italian.... [The author’s] prose becomes transcendent when he pours his heart into telling the story of Italian food.”—Kirkus Reviews