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Recipe for Life

3.88  ·  Rating details ·  1,009 ratings  ·  106 reviews
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
Paperback, 320 pages
Published May 17th 2011 by Orion (first published 2010)
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Dec 29, 2010 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
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 (Helena Rodrigues)
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
May 23, 2016 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
Oct 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favourites
Loved it!! I couldn't put it down!!
Sep 22, 2011 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
May 29, 2013 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,
Carla Geraldes
Não consigo dar mais :(
Maria Ana
Jul 23, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Como foi fácil imaginar-me a serpentear pela linha de costa italiana numa vespa azul bebé!

O que mais me agrada nos livros de Nicky Pellegrino é a sua capacidade de transportar o leitor, para os locais, por ela descritos. Conseguimos sentir a massa fina das pizzas, da pasta, o tomate fresco e todos os tipos de queijo italiano. É como se estivéssemos no mercado a negociar com os feirantes, o preço do presunto e dos melhores e frescos legumes!

Sinto-me encantada e recomendo a leitura, a quem procure
Emily Novelle
Feb 05, 2019 rated it really liked it
This book is so heart warming and well written but it only gets 4 stars as it flits between the two leading characters babette and Alice too quickly. The story leads you over many years and you really grow with the ladies and where life takes them. Villa Rosa and Italy are the heart of this book and you grow to love it and feel like you are really there which is a sign of the authors amazing description. There are other strong characters that support the leading ladies and are essential for the ...more
Jul 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: in-de-kast, 2017
Een prachtig geschreven verhaal over twee personages, het heerlijke Italie en Italiaans eten, terwijl het boek onder de Spaanse zon gelezen is.

Het verhaal heeft twee personages die elk hoofdstuk afwisselen. Doordat er maar twee personages zijn, leer je ze echt kennen en word je betrokken bij hun leven. Dit maakt het verhaal intrigrerend en mooi.
Jan 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I devoured this book very quickly. After spying it on my sisters book case, and having read some by Nicky before, I knew it would be enjoyable.

The span of ages by the characters, the uncertainty of youth and the observations of those with age and experience on their side, made for an enjoyable read.

Common themes of food, Italy and love but spanning the generations
Mar 07, 2019 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed this one as an audio book. While detailed in some areas, it felt as though some parts were missing detail however an enjoyable book just the same. Spending a period of time in Italy to learn about food and cooking sounds wonderful!
Jul 15, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I liked the book. I loved to read about the food and the friendship between Babetta and Alice.. The reason why I rated it only 4 stars is because I did not like the end of the book.
Jan 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Absolutely loved every second of it!!!
Aug 04, 2018 rated it liked it
This was an enjoyable chick flick novel, and makes you think about Italy and food. Perfect for a bit of escapism if you're not looking for anything too believable!
Joyce Nieuwesteeg
Jun 14, 2018 rated it really liked it
Good story even though there was no suspense and not a lot of romance.
Feb 28, 2018 rated it really liked it
Just loved this book. I love how the story flows. How you just fall in love with the characters
May 05, 2017 rated it liked it
Good read, love the setting and the characters.
Jul 03, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: light-reads
An enjoyable summer read - liked the London setting and could relate to the age of the characters.
Mar 08, 2010 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
Jun 01, 2017 rated it really liked it
I read this in 2 days!
I loved the descriptions of the way of life in the Italian village, and of all the amazing food.
Sonia Bellhouse
Feb 17, 2017 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Anyone who enjoysfood and friends
Interesting comparison of perspectives between Babetta and Alice although each cares about food in their own way. at times funny, and at times poignant- a story about food and friendship, survival and love. I enjoyed it.
Jul 11, 2013 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
Jacki (Julia Flyte)
Apr 04, 2015 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
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
A Miuda Geek
Dec 26, 2014 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
Feb 19, 2012 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
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
Wendy Bruce
May 23, 2016 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
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