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The Love Goddess' Cooking School by Melissa Senate
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Mar 20, 2011

really liked it
bookshelves: fiction

Okay, this book had all the elements right from the start: set in Blue Crab Island and Portland, Maine, Italian food and cooking, with a fortune-telling Italian Nonna watching out over it all, both before and (sort of) after her passing. Her granddaughter Holly, who was supremely confident--NOT!--in the kitchen, inherits Nonna's house and business, “Camilla's Cucinotta”, after her death. She is also suffering from another loss, that of her boyfriend of 2 years that she hoped would become her husband, and his 4 yr old daughter whom she also loved. Despite the urging of her mother to "sell it and be done with it!” she decides to honor her grandmother's memory by trying to learn to cook well enough to continue running her cooking school as well as to "satisfy your basic penne in vodka sauce lunch eater in Maine" (p.19) while living in her grandmother's house. She even shops at the farmers markets in Portland and talks about browsing the shops in the Old Port. She follows her grandmother's recipes, complete with unconventional ingredients like "wishes" and "memories"...I love this because when I cook (or knit, for that matter) something for someone, I am infusing it with good thoughts and love for the recipients (faith, hope, and love is one, peace and plenty is another more recent sentiment, borrowed from Sara Ban Breathnach's book!) and thinks about writing her own some day. Her fortune foretold by Nonna destined Holly to spend the next several years trying to find the groom that "fit the suit"--he who could relish lamb’s intestines in butter sauce—now that’s love! This is a nice book with a bonus: some recipes are included in the back of the book.

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