La Cucina: A Novel of Rapture

Paperback | September 18, 2001

byLily Prior

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Since childhood, Rosa Fiore -- daughter of a sultry Sicilian matriarch and her hapless husband -- found solace in her family's kitchen. La Cucina, the heart of the family's lush estate, was a place where generations of Fiore women prepared sumptuous feasts and where the drama of extended family life was played out around the age-old table.

When Rosa was a teenager, her own cooking became the stuff of legend in this small community that takes pride in the bounty of its landscape and the eccentricity of its inhabitants. Rosa's infatuation with culinary arts was rivaled only by her passion for a young man, Bartolomeo, who, unfortunately, belonged to another. After their love affair ended in tragedy, Rosa retreated first into her kitchen and then into solitude, as a librarian in Palermo. There she stayed for decades, growing corpulent on her succulent dishes, resigned to a loveless life.

Then, one day, she meets the mysterious chef, known only is I'Inglese, whose research on the heritage of Sicilian cuisine leads him to Rosa's library, and into her heart. They share one sublime summer of discovery, during which I'lnglese awakens the power of Rosa's sensuality, and together they reach new heights of culinary passion. When I'Inglese suddenly vanishes, Rosa returns home to the farm to grieve for the loss of her second love. In the comfort of familiar surroundings, among her, growing family, she discovers the truth about her loved ones and finds her life transformed once more by the magic of her cherished Cucina.

Exuberant and touching, La Cucina is a magical evocation of lifes mysterious seasons and the treasures found in each one. It celebrates family, food, passion, and the eternal rapture of romance.

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Since childhood, Rosa Fiore -- daughter of a sultry Sicilian matriarch and her hapless husband -- found solace in her family's kitchen. La Cucina, the heart of the family's lush estate, was a place where generations of Fiore women prepared sumptuous feasts and where the drama of extended family life was played out around the age-old ta...

Lily Prior is the author of La Cucina, Ardor, and Nectar and she divides her time between London and Italy.

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Format:PaperbackPublished:September 18, 2001Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0060953691

ISBN - 13:9780060953690

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from Delicious! An easy-reading page turner! From the beginning you are swept away to the Sicilian countryside and involved in a passionate tale of family, food and love. Truly a sensual novel in more ways than one. Definitely recommended reading.
Date published: 2003-09-16
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Master chef If you liked Like Water for Chocolate , you'll enjoy this novel. The heroine triumphs over tragedy and the story is quickly told, with attention to detail only where cooking is concerned. An easy read, this novel is a guilty pleasure from start to finish. Take it to the beach!
Date published: 2002-06-12

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"Reminiscent of Laura Esquivel and John Irving, mixed with a healthy dollop of Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Prior's debut is clever, untamed, funny, and at times shocking." (Library Journal)