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Angelina's Bachelors: A Novel with Food

3.57 of 5 stars 3.57  ·  rating details  ·  1,637 ratings  ·  300 reviews
Sometimes the shortest distance between two people is the length of a kitchen table. . . .

Far too young to be a widow, Angelina D’Angelo suddenly finds herself facing a life without her beloved husband, Frank. Late one night shortly after the funeral, she makes her way down to the kitchen and pours all of her grief and anger into the only outlet she has left—her
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Paperback, 384 pages
Published August 9th 2011 by Gallery Books (first published January 1st 2011)
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Andrea
A fun read, one that even as certain things bothered me I felt compelled to keep reading during any free time.

The things that bothered me: it says explicitly on the front cover that it is "A Novel, with Food," and food plays a really significant role in the storyline, but man I got kind of tired it after a while. Really, don't read this if you're not at all interested in food. Each meal is described - the ingredients, the process, etc, and then characters comment on each meal, and then after ev
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Carrie
I was really disappointed in this book. It should have been a nice story: A young widow begins cooking for the unmarried men in her neighborhood in order to make ends meet.

The problem is that there's no character to these characters. Angelina has no personality of her own, no opinions, very little back story. Everything (and supposedly these are are nice things, it's not anything bad or anything...) just seems to happen to her, while she happily, mindlessly, goes along with the flow.

I just could
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Brian
As much as I wanted to like this book, it was a birthday present, but I couldnt' get into it. It was very sappy, cheesy, and not very well written. The main character just lost her husband, who dies while he is trying to get a piece of cake of a heart attack. She then is depressed but decided to relieve that depression by cooking for the single men in her neighborhood. Scattered throughout this novel are very complicated recipes that I would never make. This book got great reviews on Amazon, but ...more
Elise
I got this as an ARC at work, intrigued by the plot and the integration of recipes into the narrative. Unfortunately, the book didn't deliver on it's promises. The characters were dull and predictable, the plot boring and the recipes completely ridiculous. Above all, I felt like the author was part of a very conservative, staid generation that can't actually relate to modern life. None of the relationships felt real enough for the 21st century--that is if, as I assume, it was supposed to be a co ...more
Rebecca
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Maureen Ann
To begin, I must disclaim that I won this book as part of a Goodreads giveaway. This has not in any way influenced my review.

I have heard the old saying that you should never judge a book by its cover and I have read far too many books to rely exclusively on that method of judging. But, the sole reason I entered the Goodreads giveaway was because I was drawn in by the cover. I can't say exactly what it was, but I found it intriguing and I wanted a copy of this book. Within the first few pages, I
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Parismaddy

“The power of food is only second to sex.”
~ Brian O'Reilly

(I couldn't agree more with the author's quote.)

Angelina's Bachelors by Brian O'Reilly (Executive Producer of Food Network's Dinner: Impossible) centers around young widow, Angelina and the men who flock to her South Philly neighborhood to sample her wares...but, I'm getting ahead of the story. Angelina starts cooking after her husband, Frank, passes away. Her neighbor, retiree Basil, loves her food and hires her to cook meals for him. S
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Christina
This book was a fast read (it took me about a day to finish) because a large percentage of the pages are filled with recipes. The book feels a lot like the movie “Tortilla Soup” did… a love letter to food and the power that it has to unite people and to bring them through hard times.

The story was fairly easy on the brainpan. Happily married woman loves her husband and loves to cook. Husband dies of a sudden heart attack. Newly widowed woman rebuilds her life and sense of purpose by cooking amaz
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Brenda Audiobooks Only
Narrated by Xe Sands - Narration 5*s!

Reviewed for AAR's Speaking of Audiobooks - http://www.likesbooks.com/blog/?p=7644

From the moment I started listening to Angelina’s Bachelors: A Novel with Food, I was totally engrossed. Narrator Xe Sands brings this Italian neighborhood in South Philadelphia completely to life with her skilled narration of this moving and delicious storyline.

Frank and Angelina are blissfully happy in their marriage and with their life when Frank suddenly dies from a heart at
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Suzanne
3.5 stars. I really liked the story and loved the food descriptions. I don't know that I would ever actually make those recipes as they look long and complicated. I loved Angelina and the bachelors and her extended family. But, I couldn't give the book a full 4 stars because a few things bothered me. (view spoiler) ...more
Addictive
Angelina’s Bachelors’ is a moving and heartbreaking story that will have you munching away on a piece of pie while turning the pages. Honestly, I think I gained ten pounds just reading this book, the recipes and the way the author describes how Angelina is cooking will make your mouth water and make even the undomesticated goddess among us want to run into the kitchen and start whipping up a soufflé.
Angelina has just lost her beloved husband of five years to a heart attack; the last thing he a
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Sarah
Jan 05, 2012 Sarah rated it 4 of 5 stars
Shelves: 2012
I thoroughly enjoyed Angelina. Many romances involving second marriages add emphasis to the new relationship by denigrating the previous one, even in little ways, and even if it was a good, happy marriage that ended in tragic death instead of bitter divorce. This one avoided that miserable trap quite beautifully; basically the first 80% of the novel was the love story of Angelina and her recently-deceased husband, with the new relationship being something of a sub-sub-plot brought in to round of ...more
Judith Yeabsley
If this had had a long haired beau and a beautiful damsel on the front it would have been more appropriate as it belongs in the Mills and Boon section where it can be ignored by those who need reality or at least a brush with it. The whole story is so ridiculous I almost choked. Angelina loses her husband who meant the world to her and grieves for a whole day. I kid you not. Then she starts cooking and the guy across the road offers to pay her to provide breakfast and dinner. By the end of the f ...more
Diana
After only 5 years, Angelina suddenly becomes a widow. Luckily, she knows how to cook & her close knit family & community rally behind her. This was one of the nicest books that I have ever read. The characters were all kind, decent people, without appearing overly, or ridiculously sweet. The food descriptions were total food porn! And although, I will probably never make any of the recipes, I found the process delightful. I highly recommend this sweet, funny & well-written book!
Dr.
This was a tolerable book. The recipes were not for me,but some people will like them. They seemed too complicated,fattening and unhealthy for me.
Including them in the book helped me to visualize the dishes made, the time it took to make them and the complexity of them.
The story is a sweet tale of love.loss and the grieving process.I was a quick read for me. Good to carry with you on the road. you can pick it up & put it down without forgetting what has happened prior to the point you left o
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Kris
Angelina's Bachelors is a tale of overcoming grief, redefining family and bringing people together through food. This book is sweet, but doesn't have much substance. I liked the story but found it a little shallow and contrived. The book was filled with good descriptions of cooking meals and recipes to try yourself but I felt like the story in between the recipes fell a little flat. I guess it seemed that Angelina's grief over her husbands sudden death seemed easily set aside, which didn't ring ...more
Carol
Jul 10, 2012 Carol rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: lovers of good food and pleasant fiction
This is the first book by Brian O'Reilly I have read/listened to, and I am well pleased, I will look for further publications.

What is a family? That's what is asked in the background of this book. While the concentration is on really good food and the eating of same, there is an extended family being created before the eyes (or ears) of the reader. I loved it. There was love all around this story, even in the way one of the characters dies early in the tale.

The narrator, Sands Xe, was excellent
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(Lonestarlibrarian) Keddy Ann Outlaw
This was a quick, light read for me. I skipped over most of the recipes because they were unbelievably gourmet and usually quite fattening. But Angelina (love this name) herself broke my heart. When she loses her husband Frank, the love of her life, Angelina opens her South Philly home to a table full of hungry bachelors. She cooks for them twice a day, six days a week. By doing so, she gains not only a foodie fan club and a much-needed income, but also their loving support and allegiance, almos ...more
Manda A
I loved this book. It drew you in quickly and you couldn't help but love the characters. There was a romance angle but it wasn't pushed too hard and didn't take over the entire storyline. It was a very subtle hint on the brain. Food, family and moving on were the focal point here. Hard knocks and over coming them. It was such a good book. I would love to read more.
Kwoomac
a predictable story of a young widow who feeds all the bachelors in her neighborhood in South Philly to make ends meet after her husband dies unexpectedly (and she loses her job). The cathartic process helps her learn to accept love when it comes along. Ok book with lots of great recipes. surprised it was written by a guy. major chick lit.
Pat
Very very nice story. The recipes that are in the book sound terrific. In truth, I am a much more every day down to earth cook. But, I thoroughly enjoyed reading and imagining the dishes! If I had someone to cook for me, I would want to try most of them. Osso Bucco. Someday!
Kiersten
I really loved this book. It was just a nice story about nice people and AMAZING food. It wasn't anything spectacular or life changing, but it was a happy, comfortable read that I can recommend to anyone.
Vicky
This book was kind of like a Hallmark movie. Cute storyline but rather mediocre execution. The characters were flat, the dialogue rather dull. Nothing really complex about it...other than the recipes which were, in my opinion, too gourmet to be accessible to most readers. One of the things that bugged me about it was that, despite the part about her husband dying, nothing really challenges the protagonist. Her situation is supposedly pitiable, but in actuality, everything is handed to her. She d ...more
Linda Stuart
I listened to this book on audio and at first I did not think I would finish it. Then after a few chapters I started to I enjoy it. A few chapters more and I found myself looking forward to the descriptions of recipes and the taste of each flavor rolled around in my mouth. It put me in the mood to cook and I started wondering what I will make for dinner this week. I've decided I will start with the Stracciatella (Roman Egg Drop Soup) for lunch since I have all the ingredients on hand. I hope it ...more
Betsie Bush
Xe Sands is my favorite narrator. She brings this lovely story alive through laughs and tears. I love the detailed cooking aspects of this book.
Laura
I totally loved this book and one of the things that I enjoyes was the recipes which were not really complicated to me.

Being a Philadelphian this book brought back a lot of memories. I used to love going to Wanamaker's for the watercress tea sandwiches, which is one of the recipes. A lot of Philadelphia children would go to Wanamaker's for the Christmas Organ show narrated by John Facenda and then have lunch in the Crystal Dining room with the cup of soup and the tea sandwiches. Everyone I know
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Renata
I got “Angelina” as a present from my husband. “I don’t know what you love more” – he said while holding the book store’s wrap in his hands–“reading or eating. When I saw this cookbook-novel combo, I thought you were going to enjoy it”

Oh, how he knows me well!

“Angelina” is indeed the perfect book for food and books lovers. The meals have a central role in this story. That makes sense: after all, the author Brian O’Reilly is a TV cooking show producer and a recipe book writer.
This was Brian’s fir
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Cassy
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LiteraryMarie
Angelina D'Angelo is a young widow. Her husband took his last breath eating a succulent morsel of her Frangelico Chocolate "Dream" cake. You'd think that would discourage her from ever baking again. But it did the opposite. She cooks to take her mind off the loss and shares the dishes with friends and neighbors. It all started when she commissioned to cook breakfast and dinners six times a week for a neighbor's brother. Then the word spread in the close-knit Italian neighborhood in South Philade ...more
Mary (BookHounds)
When Angelina's husband dies of a massive heart attack at only forty and while sneaking a piece of her "Dream" cake, you would think she would be put off of cooking forever. But to Angelina, her cooking and baking gives meaning to her life. She obsessively creates new recipes and through her loves of food brings her new friends. This story should be really sad, but I found myself totally charmed by the characters that come to inhabit Angelina's dining room as she tries to make ends meet by servi ...more
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