La Cucina

La Cucina

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La Cucina combines the sensuous pleasures of love and food, simmering in the heat of a Sicilian kitchen. Rose Fiore is a solitary middle-aged librarian who has resigned herself to a loveless life, and expresses her passionate nature through her delicious cooking. Then, one day, she meets an enigmatic chef, known only as l'Inglese, whose research on the heritage of Sicilian cuisine leads him into Rosa's library and into her heart. They share one sublime summer of discovery, during which l'Inglese awakens the power of Rosa's sexuality, and together they reach new heights of culinary passion. When he vanishes unexpectedly, Rosa returns to her family's estate to grieve for her lost love only to find a new fulfilment as well as many surprises in the magic of her beloved Cucina. A love song to Italy, La Cucina is a celebration of all things sensual. It spills over with intense images, colours, fragrances, and exuberant characters, all reflecting the splendour of the Silician countryside in which it is set.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 272 pages
  • 128 x 196 x 24mm | 258.55g
  • Transworld Publishers Ltd
  • Black Swan
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0552999091
  • 9780552999090
  • 256,569

About Lily Prior

Lily Prior lives in London. A great admirer of Italian cuisine and culture, she has travelled extensively in Italy. She is the author of La Cucina, Nectar and Ardour.show more

Review quote

"A luscious tiramisu of a first novel - sweet, naughty and irresistible" * Harpers & Queen * "Wonderfully sensual novel ... that celebrates the glory of lust, love and food... La Cucina is written in lush prose that conjures flavours, scents and colourful characters with a magical intensity" * Hello * "This book will appeal to all your senses...Wonderful" * New Woman * "Wonderful. A festival of life and all its pleasures" -- Joanne Harris, author of Chocolatshow more

Review Text

"Wonderful. A festival of life and all its pleasures"show more

Back cover copy

A delicious début novel set in Sicily about a shy librarian with a broken heart whose passion for cooking leads to an expected love affair. La Cucina combines the sensuous pleasures of love and food, simmering in the heat of a Sicilian kitchen. Rosa Fiore is a solitary woman who has resigned herself to a loveless life, and expresses her passionate nature through her delicious cooking. Then, one day, she meets an enigmatic chef, known only as l'Inglese, whose research on the heritage of Sicilian cuisine leads him into Rosa's library and into her heart. They share one sublime summer of discovery, during which l'Inglese awakens the power of Rosa's sexuality, and together they reach new heights of culinary passion. When he vanishes unexpectedly, Rosa returns to her family's estate to grieve for her lost love only to find a new fulfilment, as well as many surprises, in the magic of her beloved cucina. A love song to Italy, La Cucina is a celebration of all things sensual. It spills over with intense images, colours, fragrances, and exuberant characters, all reflecting the splendour of the Sicilian countryside in which it is set.show more

Rating details

1,776 ratings
3.46 out of 5 stars
5 19% (343)
4 31% (558)
3 31% (558)
2 12% (221)
1 5% (96)
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