I picked this book up from the opshop while waiting for the bus to go into town one afternoon, and absolutely loved it. The Food of Love by Anthony Capella is the perfect summer's read. I don't think I've ever really read such an utterly predictable girly story by a man before, but it was well-written and witty, with delicious descriptions of Italian cuisine and a Roman setting which is always irresistible. I will definitely be hunting down Anthony Capella's other books.
'Laura Patterson is studying art history in Rome. She's decided that from now on she'll only go out with a man who can cook. Tommaso Massi, handsome and silver tongued, tells Laura that he's a chef at one of Italy's best restaurants. In fact, he's just a humble waiter. His best friend, Bruno, who really is a chef - a brilliant one - is called upon to help. But when he also falls for Laura the sparks begin to fly...'
'The Food of Love is a splendid, linen suit, panama hat, distant lawn-mower kind of a book; guaranteed to whisk you far away from this drizzly island, soothe you, warm you and return you home again without losing any of your luggage.' - Hugh Laurie
'A fantastic novel that makes you feel like you're there in Italy, in the story, smelling and tasting all the food.' - Jamie Oliver