Thursday, August 11, 2011 Posted by Dina N
Sometimes the shortest distance between two people is the length of a kitchen table...
Far too young to be a widow, Angelina D’Angelo suddenly finds herself facing a life without her beloved husband, Frank. Late one night shortly after the funeral, she makes her way down to the kitchen and pours all of her grief and anger into the only outlet she has left — her passion for cooking. In a frenzy of concentration and swift precision, she builds layer upon layer of thick, rich lasagna, braids loaves of yeasty bread, roasts plump herb-rubbed chicken; she makes so much food that she winds up delivering the spoils to the neighbors in her tight-knit Italian community in South Philadelphia.
Retiree Basil Cupertino, who has just moved in with his kindly sister across the street, is positively smitten with Angelina’s food. In a stroke of good fortune, Basil offers Angelina (not only husbandless but unemployed) a job cooking for him — two meals a day, six days a week, in exchange for a handsome salary. Soon, word of her irresistible culinary prowess spreads and she finds herself cooking for seven bachelors — and in the process discovers the magical power of food to heal, to bring people together . . . and maybe even to provide a second chance at love.
Filled to the brim with homemade warmth, Angelina’s Bachelors is a sweet tale of overcoming grief, redefining family, and following your heart — through food.
Angelina's Bachelors is a heartwarming book about a woman who suddenly loses her husband but finds comfort and friendship through her cooking. Angelina's love of good food helps her deal with her grief and find the strength to appreciate life once again. In addition to a good story and likeable characters, Angelina's Bachelors includes two dozen mouthwatering recipes that are a natural part of the book. From Lasagna Provencal to Flan with Sauternes Caramel, the readers of this novel are sure to find these dishes irresistible, just as Angelina's bachelors did.
Angelina's Bachelors: A Novel with Food is new this week from Gallery Books, a division of Simon and Schuster.
Thanks to Gallery Books, one lucky U.S. reader will win a copy of Angelina's Bachelors by Brian O'Reilly!
To enter, please comment below what's your favorite Italian dish.
This giveaway is now closed. Congratulations to the winner, #146 Susan M. Heim!
Disclaimer / Disclosure: 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. Cover art and book description courtesy of the publisher or PR firm.