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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (335 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Paula Butturini Narrator: Renée Raudma Publisher: Tantor Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Paula and John met in Italy, fell in love, and married in Rome four years later. But less than a month after the wedding, tragedy struck. They had transferred from their Italian paradise to Warsaw, and, while reporting on an uprising in Romania, John was shot and nearly killed by sniper fire. Although he recovered from his physical wounds in less than a year, the process of healing had just begun. Unable to regain his equilibrium, he sank into a deep sadness that reverberated throughout their relationship. It was the abrupt end of what they’d known together and the beginning of a new phase of life neither had planned for. All of a sudden, Paula was forced to reexamine her marriage, her husband, and herself.

Paula began to reconsider all of her previous assumptions about healing. She discovered that sometimes patience can be a vice and anger a virtue; that sometimes it is vital to make demands of the sick that they show signs of getting better. And she rediscovered the importance of the most fundamental of human rituals: the daily sharing of food around the family table.

A universal story of hope and healing, Keeping the Feast is an account of one couple’s triumph over tragedy and illness—and a celebration of the simple rituals of life—even during the worst life crises. Beautifully written and tremendously moving, Paula’s story is a testament to the extraordinary sustaining powers of food and love and to the stubborn belief that there is always an afterward—there is always hope.

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Quotes & Awards

  • Keeping the Feast shares with Julie Powell’s Julie & Julia and Elizabeth Gilbert’s Eat, Pray, Love the insight that food can jump-start a journey toward solace.”

    New York Times

  • “Narrator Renée Raudman adopts an appropriately somber tone as she describes the painful events that took place in the couple’s lives.”


  • "Keeping the Feast is a triumph of will and spirit. It made me hungry for everything.”

    Abigail Thomas, author of A Three Dog Life

  • “If food is love and love heals, does that mean that food heals? Paula Butturini proves the equation in gorgeous yet unadorned prose. I will never, ever forget this book.”

    Patricia Volk, author of Stuffed

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Jessica | 2/19/2014

    " I thought this would be a really interesting book, but wasn't overly impressed. The story follows Paula and John - they meet in Italy and end up getting married there as well. They are both journalists and end up covering a lot of the Eastern European country collapses - where they are both injured within months of each other - John more seriously since he was shot. In order to deal with John's physical and psychological healing the couple decides to move back to Italy since they had so many good memories there. John took a long time to heal, but ultimately he did recover. My main issue with the book was that each chapter had both childhood/earlier memories followed by the continuation of John's recovery, but it came across kind of choppy to me. It was fun reading about Italy and all the wonderful food, but that was pretty much the only good part. It was OK, but not great by any means. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Grayson | 2/18/2014

    " It wasn't what I expected the book to be but it was enjoyable. A good story about the resiliency of a marriage and the healing power of food and love of a place "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by LeAnn | 2/1/2014

    " Not everyone's memoirs are worth publishing! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Anne Slater | 1/26/2014

    " Author couldn't decide whether she wanted to write a food memoir or a depression memoir or a marital memoir. Combining all three was not a good idea. I became really bored by the food parts. "

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About the Author

Paula Butturini has worked in overseas bureaus in London, Madrid, Rome, and Warsaw for United Press International and the Chicago Tribune.