Thursday, October 28, 2010 Posted by Dina N
From the bestselling author of See Jane Date and The Secret of Joy comes a charming, warm-hearted story about a woman’s search for happiness after inheriting her grandmother’s cooking school.
When Holly Maguire inherits “Camilla’s Cucinotta,” her late grandmother’s home-based Italian cooking school in Blue Crab Island, Maine, twelve of the sixteen students for the upcoming fall class drop out. After all, Holly isn’t a seventy-five-year-old Milanese love goddess, whose secret sauces had aphrodisiac properties and whose kitchen table fortune-telling often came true. Holly, a broken-hearted thirty-year-old who’s never found her niche, can barely cook at all. But she’s determined to keep her beloved grandmother’s legacy alive. Armed with Camilla’s hand-scrawled recipe book, Holly welcomes her students: apprentice Mia, a twelve-year-old desperate to learn to cook Italian to stop her divorced father from marrying his ditzy girlfriend; Juliet, Holly’s childhood friend grieving for her newborn—and the marriage she left behind on the mainland; Simon, struggling to be an every-other-weekend dad to his young son after his wife left him; and Tamara, a single thirty-something yearning for love.
Mixing fervent wishes and bittersweet memories with simmering sauces and delectable Italian dishes, Holly and the students of The Love Goddess’ Cooking School create their own recipes for happiness and become masters of their own fortunes.
The Love Goddess' Cooking School, just published October 26 by Gallery Books, was my second Melissa Senate book. I enjoyed reading this book just as I did her earlier novel, The Secret of Joy. The Love Goddess' Cooking School is a pleasing and comforting read, similarly to the Italian recipes it features. The drama, the cooking, the likable - albeit sometimes slightly unbelievable - characters all make for a filling dish. Finding herself by following Nonna's recipes is a feat that Holly does eventually accomplish, helping her cooking class students deal with the pain in their own lives along the way. The Love Goddess' Cooking School is just what the chef ordered for a rainy day by the fire, curled up with a cup of espresso and a side of biscotti or tiramisu.
Disclaimer / Disclosure: Book description and cover art courtesy of the publisher. I received a complimentary copy of the book with no obligation for a positive review. No compensation - monetary or in kind - has been obtained for this post.