The Food of Love, Paperback Book
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Laura Patterson is an American exchange student in Rome who, fed up with being inexpertly groped by her young Italian beaus, decides there's only one sure-fire way to find a sensual man: date a chef.

Then she meets Tomasso, who's handsome, young -- and cooks in the exclusive Templi restaurant.

Perfect. Except, unbeknownst to Laura, Tomasso is in fact only a waiter at Templi -- it's his shy friend Bruno who is the chef. But Tomasso is the one who knows how to get the girls, and when Laura comes to dinner he persuades Bruno to help him with the charade.

It works: the meal is a sensual feast, Laura is utterly seduced and Tomasso falls in lust.

But it is Bruno, the real chef who has secretly prepared every dish Laura has eaten, who falls deeply and unrequitedly in love.

A delicious tale of Cyrano de Bergerac-style culinary seduction, but with sensual recipes instead of love poems.


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A deliciously, delightfully sumptuous read, about food, Italy and love. Great escapism, this book swept me away for a while, carrying me on the back of a Vespa through the streets of Rome. What a lovely book!

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Laura Patterson is a visiting student in Rome studying Art History. After several disastrous dates with Italian men she swears that the next man she's going to date is going to be a cook.Tommaso Massi tells her he's a chef to impress her, and he has the patter, however thats because he's a waiter at an exclusive restaurant in Rome. His best friend Bruno helps him with the deception, mostly because he likes Laura and wants to show her how much.Yes it's a Cyrano de Bergerac and there are times that it falls a bit flat but overall it's quite a readable story. After I got past the first few chapters it flew. I'm looking at the recipies included at the end and wondering about trying them...