La Cucina: A Novel of Rapture

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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.

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"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 Chocolat)

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A shy librarian's passion for cooking leads to an unexpected love affair.

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