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Download I Loved, I Lost, I Made Spaghetti: A Memoir Audiobook (Unabridged)

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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (1,392 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Giulia Melucci Narrator: Giulia Melucci Publisher: Brilliance Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: February 2009 ISBN:
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From failure to fusilli, this deliciously hilarious story of Giulia Melucci's fizzled romances and the mouth-watering recipes she used to seduce her men, smooth over the lumps, and console herself when the relationships flamed out. From an affectionate alcoholic, to the classic New York City commitment-phobe, to a hipster aged past his sell date, and not one, but two novelists with Peter Pan complexes, Giulia has cooked for them all. She suffers each disappointment with resolute cheer (after a few tears) and a bowl of pastina (recipe included) and has lived to tell the tale so that other women may go out, hopefully with greater success, and if that's not possible, at least have something good to eat.

Peppered throughout Giulia's delightful and often poignant remembrances are fond recollections of her mother's cooking, the recipes she learned from her, and many she invented on her own inspired by the men in her life. Listeners will howl at Giulia's boyfriend-littered past and swoon over her irresistible culinary creations.

Audio includes 66 recipes - all servings for two, but can be eaten alone. Download and start listening now!

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Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jo | 2/20/2014

    " What a fun book to read. Who hasn't loved and lost, but Giulia's take on how her food and cooking came in to play was fun to read. I can't wait to try out a few of the recipes she included. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Tara | 2/8/2014

    " Not funny more on the pathetic side! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kristy | 2/6/2014

    " I love books (especially non-fiction) about cooking. I could have done without the drug references, but other than that, I liked this lady and her cooking. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Christiana | 2/5/2014

    " I read a lot of bad reviews about this book, so I wasn't sure what to expect. Having finished it, I think maybe you have to be Italian to understand, because I definitely do. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Dacia | 1/20/2014

    " Can't really get excited about this book. It was okay, but I find myself not really caring about what happens to her or who she dates. Some of the recipes look good though. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jean | 1/17/2014

    " This book can be summed up in two words: "pretentious" and "pasta." I mean, really! Who can remember what dish you whipped up after a date with some guy 10 or 20 years ago? I can't even remember their names, much less what I fed them. Well, actually, since I don't cook, I CAN remember what I fed them (nothing), but I don't understand how someone else can remember actually cooking something for a man that long ago. However, I loved the recipe of how to make pasta while trying to download a Led Zepplin song. Very clever. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jessica | 1/14/2014

    " A fluff book, but cute - quick and easy read, centered around food! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Carrie Robinson | 1/13/2014

    " This was cute. And great if you love good and cooking. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kathryn | 1/6/2014

    " I agree Susanne, the main character was not my favorite. She sabotaged herself, and seemed so weepy. But all in all I liked the book and was interested in her story. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Holly Brennan | 12/26/2013

    " I really wanted to like this book, it was an interesting concept. Although i walk away from it not liking Guiulia Melucci at all. There was something about it that made this one of the most annoying books that I have read in a while. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tami | 12/15/2013

    " Anoth light read. Loved the recipe titles...Real Estate Roast Chicken, Welcome Back to the Big Apple Muffins, F-You Cakes...lol. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Beth Foreman | 11/8/2013

    " Not a very interesting, thoughtful or good read at all; however, the book contains THE most delicious spaghetti and homemade meatballs and sauce recipe ever. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Carin | 11/3/2013

    " Fun memoir. My new favorite genre to read. Fun Italian recipes. I think I was born to an Italian family in a former life. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Nicole Marble | 10/22/2013

    " Not my cup of tea. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jamie | 5/26/2013

    " A fun book -- a memoir of a NY foodie who is unlucky is love. Sprinkled through each relationship are the recipes that Melucci or her lovers prepared. I didn't try any, but they looked good. I may have to buy the book and spend some quality time in the kitchen with it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Leah | 3/15/2013

    " I started this book with very low expectations . . . thinking it would be total fluff and a perfect beach read. I wound up really enjoying learning about the author's life. Not to say that this isn't a light, beach appropriate book, but it elevates itself a step above those types of reads. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Pam Wildes | 2/16/2013

    " Good book about a woman's experience dating in NYC. Made me hungry the entire time. Going to cook some of the recipes from the book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rae | 1/21/2013

    " Book itself was cute and kind of fluffy, but the recipes are so intriguing I thought I'd buy the book. Concept is one that hits close to home, and I definitely enjoyed it as a quick read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Joy | 12/12/2012

    " Love life mixed with recipes - I like it. Alot of the recipes sounded good, but I don't feel like taking the time to copy them down before returning the book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Roberta | 7/25/2012

    " Good pasta recipes and a not bad story as a bonus. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Fran | 2/10/2012

    " Fast paced read with just the right amount of sarcasm regarding life in general. Good, simple recipes, too. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Marie | 10/30/2011

    " Really liked the recipes. Her dating stories were ok. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Caroline | 8/7/2011

    " Charming memoir (with recipes!) of the author's love and food life. Similar to Blue Jelly "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Marie | 5/17/2011

    " Really liked the recipes. Her dating stories were ok. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sharleen | 4/6/2011

    " the Author annoyed me but her receipes are excellent! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Rachel | 3/31/2011

    " The title was attractive, the recipes good, the boyfriends uninteresting and boring. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Barbara | 3/29/2011

    " A combination memoir of past relationships along with (too)simple and wordy recipes for easy Italian dishes. Mildly amusing, but not a keeper. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Dana | 2/23/2011

    " I enjoyed this book, but it's nothing amazing. It was cute how the recipes were woven into the narrative. I found the ending a little disappointing kind of like how reality can be. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Carrie | 2/16/2011

    " I LOVED READING THIS BOOK... IF YOU ARE A FOODIE, OR LIKE TO COOK, OR HAVE EVER DATED A DOUSHE YOU WILL LIKE THIS BOOK. I KEEP IN ON MY KITCHEN COUNTER WITH ALL THE RECIPE BOOKS.... SUNDAY GRAVY...YUMMMMM "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Parisa | 2/11/2011

    " I had a lot of trouble reading this and gave up half way through. It is not my style of book at all, very boring and the main character didn't sit with me well, she seemed too desperate for love/marriage and seemed to be focused on the wrong things to be anyone I could really relate to. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Rachel | 2/9/2011

    " Picked this up off the new books shelf at the library when I was in a hurry. Reminiscent of Julie/Julia, but about dating life and food. Eh. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sarah | 1/13/2011

    " Since I love to cook I thought this book was amazing. A great story with great recipes mixed throughout. It's great to know that someone else uses food the same way I do! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jennie | 1/8/2011

    " Light hearted book. It had me craving italian food. It's full of recipes but I listened to it on tape, so couldn't really go back to them. Some of them sounded really good (hence the craving italian food) "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kathryn | 12/1/2010

    " I agree Susanne, the main character was not my favorite. She sabotaged herself, and seemed so weepy. But all in all I liked the book and was interested in her story. "

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