Title: I Loved, I Lost, I Made Spaghetti
Author: Giulia Melucci
Release Date: April 8, 2009
Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
Genre: Non-Fiction, Memoir
Rating: 4 out of 5
From the dust jacket:
From failure to fusilli, this deliciously hilarious read tells the story of Giulia Melucci’s fizzled romances and the mouth-watering recipes she used to seduce her men, smooth over the lumps, and console herself when the relationships flamed out.
From an affectionate alcoholic, to the classic New York City commitment-phobe, to a hipster aged past his sell date, and not one, but two novelists with Peter Pan complexes, Giulia has cooked for them all. She suffers each disappointment with resolute cheer (after a few tears) and a bowl of pastina (recipe included) and has lived to tell the tale so that other women may go out, hopefully with greater success, and if that’s not possible, at least have something good to eat.
Peppered throughout Giulia’s delightful and often poignant remembrances are fond recollections of her mother’s cooking, the recipes she learned from her, and many she invented on her own inspired by the men in her life. Readers will howl at Giulia’s boyfriend-littered past and swoon over her irresistible culinary creations.
I Loved, I Lost, I Made Spaghetti was a delightful look at a woman’s loves over the course of her adult life. The story of each relationship is told rather cleverly using food. Melucci loves to cook, and from what I can tell, she is incredibly good at it!
I enjoyed getting to know Giulia over the course of I Loved, I Lost, I Made Spaghetti. Though there isn’t a lot of personal information about her (the book is much more focused on her relationships), she was funny and very endearing. Her sense of humor shone through the course of the book; even in the most depressing times, she was very witty and easy to love.
I hated that Giulia had so much trouble finding a healthy relationship! In some cases, she was definitely unlucky, but in others she choose poorly. She also had a tendency to hang on when her relationships were clearly in their dying stages. Still, I never got frustrated with her. She was very easy to sympathize with.
The best part of I Loved, I Lost, I Made Spaghetti was the food. Every time I picked up the book, I would find myself incredibly hungry, craving the food she describes so delectably. Her recipes were wonderful; I definitely want to give some of them a try. The food really was the core of the book. It suffused it with warmth and tied all the relationships together. I especially loved the index of recipes in the back of the book – I Loved, I Lost, I Made Spaghetti might just become a staple in my kitchen!
I Loved, I Lost, I Made Spaghetti was a light, fun read that I definitely enjoyed. If you like Italian food, then you should pick up this book immediately!
Thank you to Miriam at Hachette for sending me this book to review.