Francesca's Kitchen

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No one writes about Italian-American families with the humor, warmth, and heart of Peter Pezzelli. Now, with Francesca's Kitchen, he delivers another winning novel about how much we need the closeness of family—even if we don't know it.

Where There's Food, There's Family

For years, Francesca Campanile was the queen of her home. Standing in her Rhode Island kitchen, making sauce from sun-ripened tomatoes, dropping in basil from her garden, and ...

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Overview

No one writes about Italian-American families with the humor, warmth, and heart of Peter Pezzelli. Now, with Francesca's Kitchen, he delivers another winning novel about how much we need the closeness of family—even if we don't know it.

Where There's Food, There's Family

For years, Francesca Campanile was the queen of her home. Standing in her Rhode Island kitchen, making sauce from sun-ripened tomatoes, dropping in basil from her garden, and adding fresh onion, Francesca dispensed advice as liberally as she did the garlic, arguing nonstop with her son and two daughters.

It was wonderful.

But now, her children and their children have moved away. And for the widowed Francesca, no longer having a family around to pester, annoy, guide, love, harangue and, of course, cook for, makes her feel useless. Who is she without them? What she needs is another family that needs her, and when she sees Loretta Simmons's ad in the Providence paper for a part-time nanny, she's sure she's found it. All the single mom wants is someone to fill in for a few hours a day. But it's obvious to Francesca that Loretta and her kids need more—a lot more. Loretta's struggling to make ends meet. Every man she brings home is a disaster. And her kids could definitely use some guidance—and a little lasagna, frankly. In these frazzled, disconnected people, Francesca senses a hunger and loneliness as deep as her own. It's time for Francesca to work her magic—if she can—and the best place to start is the kitchen. . .

Funny and moving, with a heroine to adore, Francesca's Kitchen is a delicious story about sharing love, life, advice, and, above all, food.

Peter Pezzelli was born and raised in Rhode Island. A graduate of Wesleyan University, he lives with his wife, two children and their dog in Rhode Island where, most days, he is busy at work on his next novel. Every Sunday, however, if he's not riding his bike, you'll find him and his family at the dinner table, enjoying a plate of rabes and sausage, or a nice fritatta, or some other favorite Italian dish cooked up by his wife.

Praise for the Novels of Peter Pezzelli

Every Sunday

"A sweet, brave, and funny novel—with a heart as big as the entire state of Rhode Island." —Claire Cook, author of Must Love Dogs

Home To Italy

A BookSense Pick!

"A beautiful novel. . .Peter Pezzelli captures the warmth of Italy—family, friendships, and food—invites us into the world of his wonderful characters, and takes us full circle on a journey of life and love." —Luanne Rice, New York Times bestselling author

"Bighearted and wise, Home to Italy is a charming ode to the romance of new beginnings and the Italian gusto for life. Peter Pezzelli's tale of a widower who returns to his childhood town in Abruzzo to rebuild his life, only to be struck by the legendary thunderbolt of love, is a continuous delight."—Louisa Ermelino, author of Joey Dee Gets Wise

"With heartwarming touches of humor, Home to Italy reaffirms that life can always be renewed. This is a wonderfully satisfying romance that brings to life the sights, sounds and tastes of Italy." —Romantic Times

"A warmhearted novel, perfect for an autumn evening in front of the fire." —Litchfield Enquirer

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Pezzelli (Home to Italy) returns with another tale of an everyday Italian-American family, this one an empty nest. Mamma and all-around good egg Francesca Campanile, widowed with children and grandchildren all elsewhere, is floating aimlessly in her Providence, R.I., house. When she decides what she needs is to be needed, Francesca answers the babysitter-wanted ad of Loretta Simmons, a single mother working full-time. Pezzelli nicely renders Loretta's anxieties as she first rejects, and then, out of desperation, hires Francesca, who is not the student-type sitter she'd imagined. He's also lovely on Francesca's reminiscing about husband Leo and on the mutual sniffing-out processes as Francesca parses Loretta's harried home, and neglected children Penny and Will slowly learn to trust Francesca. Francesca's adult son Joey then unexpectedly returns to the nest. He meets Loretta, sparks fly, and suddenly Francesca isn't certain any of this was such a good idea. Most of the action happens in kitchens: home cooking, good pasta and traditional family values conquer all in this amusing and touching story. (Sept.) Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780758213273
  • Publisher: Kensington
  • Publication date: 9/28/2006
  • Pages: 340
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.20 (h) x 1.00 (d)

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  • Posted February 7, 2015

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    Absolutely LOVED this book and felt like crying when I turned th

    Absolutely LOVED this book and felt like crying when I turned the last page. Such a deep, heartfelt story, beautifully written!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 3, 2015

    FRANCHESCA'S kitchen

    A real page turner, hard to put the book down!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 6, 2015

    Sweet story...

    Outcome is highly predictable, but it is a very sweet story which I thought I wouldn't like. Grew to enjoy it more and more as I read it. Probably wouldn't appeal to anyone under the baby boomer category, but I found it very relatable and glad I gave it a chance.

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  • Posted August 7, 2012

    This is the first time I have read this author. I have two othe

    This is the first time I have read this author. I have two other of his books that I have inherited and did not read yet. When I started reading this book I thought I was reading about my mom. As some of you know what I mean about when the "mom" stays in the family home (alone) after the children go off to parts to live their own lives with their own families. The story was good but you knew how it was going to end too.

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  • Posted June 29, 2010

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    I absolutely loved this book. Francesca was a wonderfully developed character and the story was absorbing. Peter, please give us more of Francesca...she's the best!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 30, 2007

    Curl up and enjoy

    This warm-hearted and predictable story was a good way to spend a few hours unwinding during the holiday rush. The titled character provided some smiles.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 28, 2006

    Warm, Cozy Read!

    You'll enjoy this book if you're looking for a cozy, warm-hearted read with good, everyday characters. It's definitely a welcome 'feel-good' book! You probably won't cry but you just might laugh. It's a story you can get wrapped up into, and enjoy getting lost in the story.

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