Thursday, October 28, 2010

The Love Goddess' Cooking School

by:  Melissa Senate
published by:  Gallery Books

Holly Maguire's grandmother was the Love Goddess of Blue Crab Island, Maine–a Milanese fortune teller who could predict the right man for you, and whose Italian cooking was rumored to save marriages. Holly has been waiting years for her unlikely fortune: her true love will like sa cordula, an unappetizing old-world delicacy. But Holly can't make a decent marinara sauce, let alone sa cordula. Maybe that's why the man she hopes to marry breaks her heart. So when Holly inherits Camilla's Cucinotta, she's determined to forget about fortunes and love and become an Italian cooking teacher worthy of her grandmother's legacy.

But Holly's four students are seeking much more than how to make Camilla's chicken alla Milanese. Simon, a single father, hopes to cook his way back into his daughter's heart. Juliet, Holly's childhood friend, hides a painful secret. Tamara, a serial dater, can't find the love she longs for. And twelve-year-old Mia thinks learning to cook will stop her dad from marrying his phony lasagna-queen girlfriend.

As the class gathers each week, adding Camilla's essential ingredients of wishes and memories into every pot and pan, unexpected friendships and romances are formed–and tested. Especially when Holly falls hard for Liam . . . and learns a thing or two about finding her own recipe for happiness.

I received this book as part of a blog tour from Gallery Books.  I'm so glad I did.  I adored this book.  It was such a sweet story.  It made me want to cook, something, anything!

This is the second story that I've read recently that takes place on a New England island and it's really making me want to go visit one.  The scenery this time of year must be awesome! 

I'd definitely recommend this book for a light sweet read.  It also has some of the recipes talked about in the back of the book which I thought was a great addition.  I've included this book in my giveaway that ends in a few days.  See the post below for more information.

1 comment:

Jon said...

Wow! I love the title. Sounds like a good read. As a former chef, I love Julie, Julia, and Julia Childs' autobiography, My Life in France.