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3.82  ·  Rating details ·  689 Ratings  ·  55 Reviews
Maria Carozza should be happy living in the lovely Italian village of San Giulio. Ensconced in her mother’s kitchen, she bakes bread every morning, the way the Carozza women always have. But at sixteen, Maria is eager for adventure, so she escapes to Rome, where she has a passionate love affair. One year later, she returns to San Giulio in disgrace—eight months pregnant, w ...more
Paperback, 304 pages
Published April 1st 2006 by Orion Publishing Group (first published 2005)
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Apr 15, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Set between Italy and England this book is about a young woman, who through family troubles has to flee her Italian home to maintain both her own and her daughter's safety. In Liverpool she searches for her daughter's real father, but finds love with another man where the three are a safe family unit. It is after her mother's death, that Chiara the daughter discovers the truth and travels to Italy in search of her mother's childhood home and to discover the identity of her real father.
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Jul 29, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: emprestado
Um romance fofinho que se divide essencialmente em 2 partes: uma com a protagonista e outra com a filha dela. Confesso que gostei mais da primeira parte, a história era mais engraçada. O final também foi um pouco abrupto, parecia uma novela, em que enrola um bocado e de repente tudo acontece e o final precipita-se sem se perceber bem o porquê de tanta rapidez... :) Mas gostei da história e quero sem duvida ler mais coisas desta escritora
Paula Ferreira
Feb 14, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Tinha lido 1º A filha do Pescador e n achei nada de especial, mas este cativou-me. Mal comecei a ler só parei na pag 170 ;)
Tenho os outros da mesma autora p ler e n vou hesitar em pegar neles :)
Andrea Howarth-Salazar
I liked the warmth of this book - the close portrayal of Italian family life, the description of food and drink becoming metaphoric. However, it was a little slow-moving at times.
Feb 09, 2011 rated it really liked it
I really liked this book but I preferred the parts set in Italy more than the English ones, probably because its more exotic. The story and characters are wonderful and very believable.
Apr 29, 2013 rated it really liked it
This is a real feelgood novel about Italy and food. Or how an Italian mother becomes all British and her (half) British daughter becomes a real Italian.
**3.5 stars**
Caffè Amore foi o primeiro livro que li da autora, e conquistou-me. Realmente faz lembrar Chocolate, de Joanne Harris.

É um livro doce, suave, cuja história flui de forma cativante. Foi fácil ler este livro num dia, porque todos os pedacinhos livres lhe estavam destinados desde as primeiras páginas.

Maria Domenica não teve uma vida fácil, mas o que mais se destaca na sua personalidade é a sua coragem. Mesmo já tendo cometido erros, e após pagar bem caro o preço pelos mesmos, não desiste de ter u
Paty Hamdan
Dec 20, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Ao contrario das minhas outras resenhas, nesse livro vou falar um pouco das sensações que tive ao ler Caffé Amore, primeiramente porque a sinopse do livro e completa, acredito que nada teria acrescentar.

Ao começar a ler Caffé Amore, algumas sensações foram tomando forma na minha imaginação e maior parte delas relacionadas a comida.

Como nunca li, um livro que soubesse combinar tão bem comida com romance, vamos dizer que o livro de Nicky Peregrino, assaltou os meus sentindo degustativos e minha pe
Nov 14, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: heart-clenching
I read the first half holding my breath!
It was fast paced, touching, unpredictable family tale, I was sure this was a 4-5 stars.

Maria Domenica is the eldest daughter of a farmer and a housewife, her future predetermined to her dismay. She is to be married soon, have children and spend her days cooking, cleaning and preparing the next meal. Obviously, she wants more out of life, and gets more than she bargained for, of her own doing and her bitchy little sister.

I think you don't have to live in
Indrė Kudriavceva
Dec 02, 2013 rated it did not like it
Labai teisingai pastebėjo vienas žmogus - mažiau gilintis į tai, kas rašoma knygos nugarėlėje. Baigiu tuo galutinai įsitikinti. Ten kur barsomasi tokiais epitetais kaip "bestseleris", "pamėgta skaitytojų" ir t..t reiktų būti dvigubai atsargiems. Ši knyga puikiai patvirtina išsakytą mintį. Kažkokia žinoma (o gal ir netokia žinoma) žurnalistė parašė knygą, apjungiančią Italiją, skanų maistą, šeimos intrigas. Gaila, bet tai liko daugiau gražiu noru, o ne įgyvendinta istorija sugulusia knygos puslap ...more
Jan 21, 2017 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this book, I have always been intrigued by Italy and it was because of this interest that I decided to read this book. Grateful I did, and there was one line in this book that I could totally relate to as well. She was describing how she cooked and how each time it was different, but that it didn't matter as she was cooking food for now and for those that mattered to her. I love that thought as that's how I have been cooking my food for years. It seems I have never duplicated a ...more
Jul 14, 2016 rated it really liked it
I have a soft spot for Nicky Pellegrino's books, having Italian heritage I can relate to the "drama" that is a part of being Italian: the passion, the family traditions, the focus on food, the importance of family integrity & pressure to conform to what is "expected". Her stories do have soap opera melodramatic feel about them, always a bit of conflict within families, secrets, betrayal, pride. This is a perfect holiday read where you don't have to think too deeply.
Apr 08, 2015 rated it liked it
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Nov 04, 2011 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2010
Split into three sections (early 1960s, late 60s and 2000), and across Italy and a very dull England, this is about Maria and her daughter Charia, the former running away from her Italian husband and the latter searching for her missing family and her unknown father. In between there is much talk of food, love, cooking, spiteful sisters and conniving cousins, fame and naivety.[return][return]On the whole an enjoyable, easy
Ana Luisa Henriques
Nov 20, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2014
Um livro fantástico, bem ao estilo de Nicky Pellegrino. Paisagens italianas que nos surgem à frente, grande famílias, histórias contadas com pitadas de receitas, conflitos familiares, vilas e pessoas tacanhas, tragédia, traição e a busca de um grande amor e de uma vida melhor. Um livro arrebatador, cheio de sabor a Itália e a comida italiana.
Ines Norton
Feb 21, 2013 rated it really liked it
Gostei muito deste livro e continuo com vontade de conhecer melhor esta autora, definitivamente este não é nem será o último livro dela que vou ler, fiquei com muita vontade de ler mais. Recomendo.


I loved this book and I'm still eager to read more of her and defenitly this won't be the last book that I'm to read of her. I recomend it extremely to everyone...
Ana Quina
Aug 31, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Um romance maravilhoso e envolvente. Uma Itália tradicional e cheia de sabores. Ainda assim o que nos cativa é a história de Maria e a vida naquela vila, onde o tempo parece passar mais devagar. Ver a história de Maria através dos olhos da filha Chiara faz perder um pouco a magia do livro. Ainda assim é uma história de amor, esperança e imperfeições familiares que vale a pena ler.
Feb 17, 2013 rated it really liked it
Very enjoyable read. I am interested in visiting Italy and doing some sightseeing as well as sampling the local cuisine there, especially after reading this book This book was easy to get into , I really enjoyed it.
Jun 30, 2014 rated it really liked it
This is a first book by this author....ambitious and filled with multi-faceted personalities. The story is built around food and the mores of central Europe regarding marriage, pregnancy, family covering three generations.
Mais um livro simpático e que se lê bem, uma história simples sem grandes dramatismos, sem grande romance, com personagens simples.
Um livro com uma pitada de ternura, com descrições saborosas da gastronomia italiana.
Em resumo daqueles livros para entreter , onde não se pode esperar muito mais.
Dec 26, 2008 rated it really liked it
Shelves: emprestado
Uma história linda, com receitas maravilhos de nos fazer crescer água na boca!
Mas os melhores ingredientes da história foram o amor de uma familia e a grande amizade presente em toda a história!
Vale mesmo a pena ler!
Apr 12, 2012 rated it it was amazing
The author captures the Italian culture perfectly. It is an amazing book. The plot is easy to understand and there are some colourful characters. I definitely recommend this book. You might also want to use some of the recipes off this book. My aunt did and the food was delicious! :)
Oct 04, 2008 rated it really liked it
This book found me at a convent we were staying at in Siena, Italy. I liked it a lot, well written. Totally reminded me of the people and places I visited during my trip across Italy. I can just see myself sitting in a cafe sipping cappucino right now.....
Su Evenstar
A primeira metade do livro não teve grande interesse, depois melhora.

Não é uma história extraordinária. É boa para entreter e fácil de ler.

As receitas descritas deixam água na boca.

Foi uma leitura agradável.
Smokerjoerabbit Tong
If anything, this book gives a great review of Italian food! The storyline is easy-reading and lots of love and loss in it with the characters. I liked the mix of Liverpool England and Italian life intertwined throughout the book
Mar 06, 2014 rated it liked it
A quick read about the life of a young mother who escapes an unhappy marriage and then the life of her daughter who seeks answers about the life of her mother after her mother passes away. It was just okay.
Bronwyn Muggleston
Jun 28, 2015 rated it liked it
I enjoy this writer. She writes about Italy and its culture so you can almost touch and smell it. This is a story with the contrast of 2 cultures, the Italian and the Brit, looking at romance and family dynamics. Look forward to getting into another Nicky Pellegrino novel.
Julie Thomason
This author has been on my must read list for ages as a foodie read. Food appeared very late and didn't really inspire me. Story line a bit obvious wont be rushing to read another of her books.
Filipa Pedroso
Sep 24, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Adorei. Cada vez fico mais apaixonada pela visão romântica de Itália, e este livro certamente ajudou *.*
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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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