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Capella, Anthony. The Food of Love.

CAPELLA, Anthony. The food of love. Penguin, Plume. 310p. c2004. 0-452-28655-7 $14.00. SA

If "chick lit" is a recognized genre, then "foodie lit" should be a delicious offshoot of this predictably enjoyable group. Travel to the eternal city, Rome, with college student Laura Patterson as she embarks on an art history course peppered with the lives and loves of Italian Romeos and chefs. Tommaso's ways with women are legendary, Bruno's talents with food are exquisite, and the inevitable sexual encounters and the proper remorse regarding romantic deceit move this delightful narrative as swiftly as one's passion for Roman cooking.

Like an extended family, there is a huge cast of characters and considerable travel between colorful towns and beautiful piazzas. The story is decidedly more mature than Tucker Shaw's Flavor of the Week or Susan Heyboer O'Keefe's Death by Eggplant, this reader was reminded of the films Chocolate and Big Night as the aromas of Rome wafted off the pages. This is an ideal selection for older students going abroad to Italy, or readers who are fond of shopping, cooking and hearing Italian phrases translated for sentimental reasons. Nancy Zachary, YA Libn., Scarsdale PL, Scarsdale, NY
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Date:Nov 1, 2005
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