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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (826 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Lily Prior Narrator: Lisa Passero Publisher: Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: September 2001 ISBN:
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Since childhood, Rosa Fiore - daughter of a sultry Sicilian matriarch and her hapless husband - found solace in her family's kitchen. La Cucina, the heart of the family's lush estate, was a place where generations of Fiore women prepared sumptuous feasts and where the drama of extended family life was played out around the age-old table.

When Rosa was a teenager, her own cooking became the stuff of legend in this small community that takes pride in the bounty of its landscape and the eccentricity of its inhabitants. Rosa's infatuation with culinary arts was rivaled only by her passion for a young man, Bartolomeo, who, unfortunately, belonged to another. After their love affair ended in tragedy, Rosa retreated first into her kitchen and then into solitude, as a librarian in Palermo. There she stayed for decades, growing corpulent on her succulent dishes, resigned to a loveless life.

Then, one day, she meets the mysterious chef, known only is I'Inglese, whose research on the heritage of Sicilian cuisine leads him to Rosa's library, and into her heart. They share one sublime summer of discovery, during which I'lnglese awakens the power of Rosa's sensuality, and together they reach new heights of culinary passion. When I'Inglese suddenly vanishes, Rosa returns home to the farm to grieve for the loss of her second love. In the comfort of familiar surroundings, among her growing family, she discovers the truth about her loved ones and finds her life transformed once more by the magic of her cherished Cucina. 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 Dina | 2/10/2014

    " You will never think of cooking quite the same after reading this one... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sherri | 1/22/2014

    " Enjoyed reading this book - loved how cooking was the characters way of working through emotions. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Alex | 1/13/2014

    " I read this while I was in Italy, and I couldn't have chosen anything better to bring along for the long bus rides. Its saucy and sensual and the descriptions make your mouth water. I devoured it. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Jesus | 1/7/2014

    " Did not like it. Abandoned at page 105. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Manda | 12/29/2013

    " This book is fascinating - a fantastic tale of a woman's life, loves, and the food that she loves to cook and eat. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Leah | 12/26/2013

    " Brilliant Read! If you like books that descibe food preperation with such lust and passion this is a book for you! It takes you away to what I call an adult fairytale and keeps your imagination from front cover to back! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Amy Knight | 12/15/2013

    " Who knew that a kitchen could be so spicy! ;-) "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Katie Lynn | 11/23/2013

    " i read a romance novel?! It took me a while to realize, but this is a glorified romance novel. Definitely a first book, too. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jacula | 10/13/2013

    " Life and death. Food and sex. The Mafia and Sicily. Sensual and evocative. A feast of a tale. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 bookinglibrarian | 10/9/2013

    " A bit overwrought, but some great Sicilian food descriptions amongst the life episodes of the narrator/part-time librarian. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Freda Herrera | 9/13/2013

    " Good book, easy read. It reminded me of Like Water for Chocolate (which I've read 4 times because I love it so much!) "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Gordon Ehler | 8/23/2013

    " A quirky and sometimes bizarre little novel. A light read, humorous at times. I enjoyed it as a change of pace from the types of novels I usually read, but also can see why I usually don't read this type of work. As a change of pace - fine. As a steady diet - too many calories from fat. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Deanne | 7/13/2013

    " Great holiday read. This would make a fun movie. I plan to read more by Lily Prior "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Chris | 4/4/2013

    " Food & sex...what could be better... ? "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Alison | 11/20/2012

    " I gave this book 3 stars. I liked the story well-enough, it wasn't one of my all time favorites but the story flowed well and there were a few surprises along the way that were good. I did enjoy the constant food references :) "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jenny | 10/23/2012

    " Read this in a day. Very racy! I wouldn't give it to my mother, but I liked it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jasmine | 2/5/2012

    " I love this book. It's my second reading of it and I loved it just as much this time. It's sensuous in a way that's totally straightforward, at times funny and not at all precious. I will likely read it again in another five years or so. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Basslynn9 | 12/24/2011

    " A ridiculous book. Nuff said. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Abbi | 12/23/2011

    " Very steamy, but wonderfully delicious! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rita | 11/21/2011

    " Quick read. Love, food and Mafia. Interesting combination. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Anne Welch | 9/25/2011

    " Initially I was not impressed but was reading with my book club so I pushed through. I'm glad I did, it was an entertaining book. It was light, fun, and funny. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Casey | 9/6/2011

    " It was awful. It lacked sophistication and style, and was essentially a terrible romance novel. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Toothy_grin | 8/29/2011

    " Light-hearted, lightweight, fun fluff. Sensuality, both sexual and culinary. Reminiscent of "Like Water for Chocolate," but not nearly as good; if you haven't read that one, read it instead. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Marvin | 6/27/2011

    " A lightweight but modestly entertaining sensual novel focusing on the sensual pleasures of cooking, eating, & sex, with a large, not attractive woman as narrator & central character. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sheri Nohle | 5/24/2011

    " oo la la! An Italian setting, a feast of words and steamy scenes. I read this whilst lounging on the beach in Positano on my honeymoon. Not sure if the REAL Italian backdrop or the novel left the lasting impression. A quick and tasty read! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Elbera | 5/7/2011

    " Amazing food, cooking, passion and love, well what more can I say? Such a sexy novel! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 K (Karen) | 2/28/2011

    " Spicy! Makes you hungry for more than just food. :-) With all the references to the main character's Rubenesque figure, I don't understand why the publisher featured a slim woman on the cover. A quick, fun read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jenn | 1/18/2011

    " Sex and good food. Does it get any better than that? I don't think so. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Mona | 11/24/2010

    " Just OK, thought she tried to hard to make the book titillating.... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Elizabeth | 7/24/2010

    " Amazing book...so richly and honestly told. I love this book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Adrianne | 7/12/2010

    " Erotic, sensual and yet sweet and sad all wraped into one. It certainly makes you want to start cooking, if not for the food, then certainly for the passion that goes into it. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Eve | 7/10/2010

    " A while back, I suggested this book for book club. I did not like it at all. I thought the writing was not very good and it seemed like a semi-porno book. I did not get this book at all. (Shelley may recall this one - I am sure she does! :) "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Cristianne | 6/25/2010

    " ugh. a rip-off of Like Water for Chocolate, but a whole lot worse. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Heather | 5/30/2010

    " Ok so this is a fun, sensual, food-filled book of love and loss for an italian woman. It was recommended to me as a mindless entertainment to read while I am out of school. It was fun! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Kaitlin | 5/13/2010

    " I'm a lil embarrassed I kinda liked this book. Then again I live in the jungle. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 bookinglibrarian | 1/11/2010

    " A bit overwrought, but some great Sicilian food descriptions amongst the life episodes of the narrator/part-time librarian. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Leah | 1/4/2010

    " Brilliant Read! If you like books that descibe food preperation with such lust and passion this is a book for you! It takes you away to what I call an adult fairytale and keeps your imagination from front cover to back! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Manda | 1/4/2010

    " This book is fascinating - a fantastic tale of a woman's life, loves, and the food that she loves to cook and eat. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sherri | 9/18/2009

    " Enjoyed reading this book - loved how cooking was the characters way of working through emotions. "

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