Amore and Amaretti : A Tale of Love and Food in Italy, Paperback

Amore and Amaretti : A Tale of Love and Food in Italy Paperback

3 out of 5 (2 ratings)


L'appetito vien mangiando! - Appetite comes while you are eating. Vicky arrives in Tuscany to study the language and culture of Italy, but soon falls in love with charismatic chef Gianfranco and starts to learn the art of Italian cooking in his trattoria.

On Sunday nights, after benches are stacked on tables, they explore the countryside by car, passing glassy lakes and ancient hill towns.

This colourful and intoxicating gastro-memoir takes you behind the scenes of romantic restaurants and bars in Tuscany, Umbria, Elba and Perugia.

Interspersed with recipes, humour and heartbreak, it will leave you entranced and with a hankering for tagliatelle and truffles.


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 320 pages, map
  • Publisher: Summersdale Publishers
  • Publication Date:
  • Category: Travel writing
  • ISBN: 9781849530514



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The author of this particular memoir traveled to Italy on four separate occasions. With the exception of her final trip, she lives and works in Italian restaurants the rest of her trips.While she does a good job of describing her surroundings, I found her emotional roller coasters to be a bit dragging. She drifted from terrible relationship to terrible relationship (by her own admission!), however I did feel that the constant discussion about this took away from the travel part of the memoir.However, what she does describe beautifully is Italian food. You can tell that she has a passion for cooking, and includes a number of incredible sounding recipes.So, while the relationship aspect of her story did not grab me, her discussion about Italian food and the scenery had me excited and eagerly anticipating a trip to Tuscany!!

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I bought this book thinking it was a novel, but actually it's a biography of one woman's relationship with Italy, particularly its people and its food - and it's certainly a riveting read. I thoroughly enjoyed it. The writing is sensuous and full of passion, as well as being very visual. I could see the villages and trattorias, and smell the glorious food as I was reading, I'm sure. Highly recommended.

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