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Delicious

Delicious

Love, food and Italy – a delicious novel from the author of THE FOOD OF LOVE COOKERY SCHOOL.

Italy, 1964. Maria Domenica is the eldest daughter in the Carrozza family from the tiny southern village of San Giulio. At 16, Maria’s life is limited to the confines of her mother’s rural kitchen (where she bakes bread every morning, the way the Carrozza women always have), and the Caffe Angeli, a place of friendship, strong espresso and famous ricotta sfolgliatelle. Her parents have high hopes for their beautiful first-born, but she has other plans.

Maria runs away to Rome but, a year later, she returns to San Giulio in disgrace – eight months pregnant with the identity of the father a mystery. Hastily, shamefully, she is married off to a neighbour’s son. But she soon escapes again, this time to England, where she searches once more for a new life for herself and her daughter, Chiara.

Many years later, it is Chiara, not Maria, who finds herself drawn back to San Giulio. But she soon discovers that the simple Italian life she seeks is not as simple as it seems – particularly where the past is concerned.
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Genre: Fiction & Related Items / Modern & Contemporary Fiction (post C 1945)

On Sale: 20th June 2013

Price: £8.99

ISBN-13: 9781409147794

Reviews

Full-bodied as a rich Italian red, it's a page-turner combining the missed chances of Captain Corelli's Mandolin with the foodie pleasures of Chocolat. A warming read for a winter's night.
EVE MAGAZINE
Pellegrino takes us from 1960s Italy and Liverpool to 21st-century London, as Maria's story becomes Chiara's against a backdrop of family ties, food and secrets.
GOOD BOOK GUIDE
If you like your stories on the sensuous side, this debut novel is for you.
GLAMOUR
A tale of love, families, their foibles - and food
WOMAN
An enjoyable and well-written story
TELEGRAPH & ARGUS