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Recipe for Life

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Escape to Italy with this sumptuous story of secrets and friendships under Mediterranean skies.

A recipe for life should be a simple thing: love and happiness, family, friends and a little food. But life is rarely straightforward...

Alice wants to make the most of life - after all, she knows how fragile it can be - and knows she never feels more alive than when she's cooking
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Paperback, 320 pages
Published May 17th 2011 by Orion (first published 2010)
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Anne
Jan 02, 2011 Anne rated it really liked it
Shelves: kindle
Amid a rash of books about Italy and food, I still think Nicky Pellegrino does it best. This one isn't perfect - I did get a little irritated by the alternating chapters for Alice and Babetta. But I then got tied up in the story and raced through it, tasting every mouthful of the wild asparagus with peccorino shavings, basking in the sun in the woven chair with Babetta with Sky the dog at my feet, working in the steamy kitchens at Teatro with Alice, feeling the heat of the bonfire after weeding ...more
Edel
I cannot recommend this highly enough.I just adored it. The characters were engaging . The description of the food-mouth watering!!!! This is the second book I have read by this author and I have ordered all her other books since reading these two over the past three days. What a joy they were with characters you care for and descriptions of Italy that make you want to pack a bag and head straight there. It was a joy to read this book and I will be re-reading it many many times in the future.It ...more
Aromas de Cor
Aug 25, 2016 Aromas de Cor rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Um daqueles livros que não se consegue deixar de lado, uma leitura agradável, uma história de várias vidas e lugares que se interligam num tema comum a comida!
Lauren Herbert
Jun 30, 2016 Lauren Herbert rated it it was amazing
This book was a delicious story. Really well written and easy to read. It's not a gripping story but I was gripped none the less, finishing it in three days. Lovely book
Julia
Apr 04, 2015 Julia rated it really liked it
Nicky Pellegrino writes charming books which simply ooze the smells, sights and flavours of Italy. This is her second book set in the (fictionalised) town of Triento in Southern Italy and some of the characters from The Gypsy Tearoom make an appearance, but it is not necessary to have read that book to enjoy this one. It's a warm hearted story about the importance of friendship and food. (Warning: this book will make you hungry!)

The heroine of the story is Alice. After a traumatic rape, she drop
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LindyLouMac
Oct 07, 2011 LindyLouMac rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is the first title by this author that I have read and I doubt it will be the last as I believe they are all set in Italy. Although I am already here living the dream it was a pleasure to lose myself in the setting for this delightful novel for a few hours. A very relaxing read and the sights and smells felt almost real, it is obvious that the author knows those sights and smells for herself and is passionate about Italy.
The story is told by the two main female characters, Alice and Babetta
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Mekerei
Jun 05, 2013 Mekerei rated it really liked it
This tale is also set in Triento (from The Gypsy Tearoom). Some of the characters are also in this tale, but you don't have to read The Gypsy Tearoom before this tale.

This is a tale of a girl named Alice and how she stops living her life after she is raped. It takes her many years to come to turns with living again. Triento is an important part of Alice's life.

I really enjoyed this tale, especially the descriptions of food; they are mouth watering. Nicky Pellegrino once again writes a charming,
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Wendy Bruce
May 23, 2016 Wendy Bruce rated it really liked it
This is a great book for those times that you want something light and well written. The book is set in Italy and told through the eyes of a young English woman recovering from heartache and an old Italian woman near the end of her life. They are both feeling lost with the dislocation in their lives. Alice has dropped out of university and is trying to find a new direction for her life and Babette is feeling useless as her husband has lost his zest for life. One summer these two very different w ...more
Carla Geraldes
2,5.
Não consigo dar mais :(
Ana Luisa Henriques
A cozinha esteve mais presente neste livro e foi impossível não pensarmos nas pizzas da casa de Chá Cigana ou nos belos pratos da Trattoria junto ao rio mas foi impossível não ficar triste com o lado frio de se trabalhar na cozinha de um restaurante fantástico mas em que tudo passa a ser apenas uma linha de produção, como disse Rafaella: "Não é cozinhar com amor e isso é que é o melhor da comida".

Em termos de história foi interessante ver os acontecimentos da vida das personagens mas a protagoni
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Maria
Jan 29, 2015 Maria rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2015
Bom, esta é uma das minhas leituras em que tento reconquistar a minha fé na humanidade, e esta não desapontou, nesse sentido. Poderia ter ido até ás 2 estrelas e meia, mas fico-me pelo " foi ok".

Porque, na realidade, não foi mais do que ok.

A personagem principal, Alice, tenta reconstuir a vida dela, após um incidente traumático. Ela tenta confortar-se, indo viver com uma amiga de infancia, Leila, filha de uma artista conceituada. Leila é o oposto dela: linda, extrovertida, sexy e outgoing, o que
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Ana Luisa
O ingrediente principal da minha vida é amor: amor próprio, amor pelo meu filho e pela minha família, os amigos, as minhas filhas caninas, um bom livro, um copo de vinho tinto... agora sim, amo a vida!
Este livro reflecte isso mesmo, amor pela vida, pelas cores e sabores. Amor pelas coisas que nos fazem sorrir e sonhar. E mesmo quando tudo quebra e a vida te troca as voltas apenas uma coisa é certa: o melhor está para vir! Vais descobrir o que realmente importa, e a força que tens para virar a pá
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Ana Quina
Sep 08, 2014 Ana Quina rated it really liked it
Ideal para ler no verão e viajar pela sombria cidade de Londres, que rapidamente contrasta com a brisa leve e solarenga da vila Italiana. Mais uma viagem de cheiros de cozinhas empregnadas de sabores e vidas que parecem não ter solução... um romance dos tempos modernos, que nos aborda as crises existênciais das expectativas da sociedade e uma nova esperança de que a vida nem sempre "começa" quando todos esperam, mas sim quando o destino deixa que tudo se encaminhe para a felicidade. Uma prov de ...more
Leah
Feb 06, 2012 Leah rated it liked it
Nicky Pellegrino is yet another new author to me. I’d not heard of her books until I received a copy of Recipe For Life for review, but even then, I wasn’t necessarily sure she was my cup of tea. The cover doesn’t scream Chick Lit – the green house with the dark blue front door – but the new paperback cover is tons better. I’ve been looking for something a bit different to read so when I noticed this was still on my shelf, I decided to give it a go. At the end of the day, I’d either discover a b ...more
Aimee
Jul 11, 2013 Aimee rated it it was ok
It was definitely a light and easy read. The descriptions of Italy were beautiful and just made me want to go back there! It's a great summer read, and if you want a book to just quickly keep you entertained this is the perfect book. I needed a book I could finish quickly and easily before I went to India and this was the right book.
It does have a somewhat sad and disappointing tone throughout the whole book and I was disappointed with the ending too. Pellegrino just seemed to desperately try to
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Emily
Feb 27, 2012 Emily rated it it was amazing
I had a good feeling about this book from the start – its beautiful cover of a turquoise wall with a tree branch waving over it, heavy with ripe lemons, made me think instantly of summer holidays.
I decieded to read this book because my mum and other friends had and said they really liked it.this book fits into the category a book written in 2011. this book was interesting because it was set in italy,it was romantic and had lots of different types of italian food. yum!. my favorite quote from thi
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Rita
Alice e Babetta, duas gerações completamente distantes, nada tinham a ver uma com outra até que Alice, num Verão, acompanha Leila e a sua mãe até à Vila Rosa, em Triento. Já em Londres Alice tinha trabalhado numa cozinha, nos trabalhos mais básicos mas, quando chega à Vila Rosa e conhece Babetta, rápido se forma a empatia entre ambas e a transmissão de saberes de cozinha é constante. Mesmo nunca tendo saído de Triento, toda a sabedoria de Babbeta fascina Alice até que conhece Lucio e começa a di ...more
Kim
Jan 05, 2014 Kim rated it it was amazing
I have loved all of the books I have read so far from Nicky Pellegrino, she is fast becoming one of my favourite authors and reading this book just helped to convince me of that even more.
Recipe for Life is almost sequel to Summer at Villa Rosa (also published as Gypsy Tea Room) and as well as letting us peep back into the lives of familiar characters, it also introduces lots of new and interesting ones, too.
It is a lovely story of friendship, love, and the Italian countryside and it's food are
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Nina Draganova
Sep 25, 2015 Nina Draganova rated it really liked it
Ники Пелегрино ми е много симпатична и затова ми се искаше много , книгите й да ми се харесат. Първата, която прочетох ми беше скучна. Тази започва екстремно, но след това преминава в една идилия от вкусове, което беше много неочаквано.Всъщност е наблегнала на дребните неща.Няма дълбочина историята.Иначе пише увлекателно, стига това за което пише да е в кръга на интересите ти.
Ana
May 24, 2015 Ana rated it liked it
Apesar de não ser nada de especial, um romance sem grande coisa a acrescentar e com uma personagem principal um bocado irritante por ser tão parada, um fim previsível...tem um bom truque de escrita por capítulos alternados de personagens que me manteve presa de um capítulo para outro.
Ruthy
Jun 29, 2011 Ruthy rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
A receita para a vida devia ser simples: amor, família, amigos, saúde e uma boa dose de delícias gastronómicas. Mas a vida raramente é simples.

Ao ler este livro deparei-me com uma “opinião” interessante com a qual me identifiquei: “Cozinhar deve ser com amor… Se cozinharmos com amor nota-se a diferença no sabor!”
Comecei a pensar nisto e realmente as minhas melhores “experiências” aconteceram quando cozinhei com amor… ou melhor, quando cozinhei para pessoas que gosto (para o meu amor, para os nos
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Lesley Halliday
Apr 23, 2016 Lesley Halliday rated it liked it
Am actually giving it 3.5 stars, I enjoyed the book but the setting makes you want to read it on a beach on holiday! Good storyline but jumps a few years every so often so it was nice at the end to find out how old Alice was!!
Anna
May 08, 2010 Anna rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Oooohh, what a gorgeous book. I feel like I've just had a holiday in a little village in Italy! The descriptions of the village, the locals, the landscape and best of all, the most DEVINE food, were just wonderful. I have never been there, but now feel as if I have. I really enjoyed the characters and the story, the contrasts between modern city life and the gentle pace of life in a small village, and the differing perspectives of Alice (the young apprentice chef) and Babetta (the elderly Italia ...more
Emily
Aug 20, 2015 Emily rated it liked it
This book struck me as really sad. I liked some of the characters, but in some aspects they just did not seems "real". The food aspect of the book was a nice addition to the story.
Sylvia
Nov 16, 2015 Sylvia rated it it was ok
This was a story going nowhere. I realised this early on but having abandoned my last read I thought I would carry on and see what happens. Don't waste your time reading this, I gave it 2 stars, very generous.
Kate
Mar 12, 2015 Kate rated it liked it
I enjoy books set in Italy and those about cooking so this combined two of my favorite things. I only wish it delved a little more into the lived of the locals and was just a little more descriptive.
Marcia
May 22, 2016 Marcia rated it really liked it
I loved this book - the characters were flawed and engaging, and I adored all the descriptions of the food!
Mª João Monteiro
Jan 02, 2013 Mª João Monteiro rated it it was amazing
Muito giro! Achei que a autora era leve e sem complicações mas este livro encheu-me as medidas e fez-me chorar. Oscila entre duas protagonistas, uma delas narradora, de idades e em tudo diferentes entre si, cruzando-se em Itália. Apresentam-nos várias perspetivas da vida feminina, cruzando receitas e formas de rodear as questões que a vida traz. A única coisa que me desagradou um pouco foi o final romântico de uma das protagonistas, que achei um pouco frouxo. DE resto, gostei muito. A capa da ed ...more
Leslie
Aug 05, 2016 Leslie rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
A good solid read that I really enjoyed but the alternating chapters from Alice and Babetta took some of the shine off.
Marleen
You get an instant summer-feeling while reading this book! The story is not the most amazing or unique one, but it didn't matter to me because the subscriptions of food and Italië and the fact that the plot wasn't that predictable were enough to keep on reading!
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I was born and grew up near Liverpool, England. For a while I worked as a magazine journalist in London but then 21 years ago I came on holiday to New Zealand and met my future husband Carne Bidwill at a wedding. Now we live together near a beach in Auckland with our dogs Charlie the standard poodle and Lucy the pointer. I spend my time writing novels, working as a freelance journalist, riding my ...more
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