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The Gastronomy of Marriage: A Memoir of Food and Love For Maisto, who was raised to cook and consume hearty southern Italian food, one of the first requirements in a future husband was that he be a "good eater." So when she meets Rich and discovers that he loves food as much as she does, the table is set for a love story that, despite its ups and downs, usually finds some resolution in a yummy meal (with delicious, easy recipes that just beg to be tried).
Michelle and Rich move in together, and while Rich works to save money for the wedding, Michelle does the cooking. On the cusp of her wedding, she wrestles with questions of gender stereotyping and the reality of negotiation and compromise. Her own parents divorced, so marriage looks a bit risky. Meanwhile, Rich eats meat, but Michelle doesn't. Rich favors the light, clean flavors of his Chinese heritage but can't stomach tomato sauce (of all things!). But learning how to cook and eat together merely strengthens their connection, despite their differences.
In this flavorful, humorous, and uplifting examination of one woman's search to understand the ingredients for a good marriage, Maisto's voice is unfailingly honest. By the end, as the couple whips up a spontaneous dinner of antipasto, broccoli rabe, and sautéed eggplant, they find that over the recent (and difficult) months, they've learned to work together. "Not a bad team," Michelle muses. Not a bad book, either. (Holiday 2009 Selection)