Angelina's Bachelors: A Novel with Food

Angelina's Bachelors: A Novel with Food

by Brian O'Reilly
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Angelina's Bachelors: A Novel with Food by Brian O'Reilly

Sometimes the shortest distance between two people is the length of a kitchen table. . . .

Far too young to be a widow, Angelina D’Angelo suddenly finds herself facing a life without her beloved husband, Frank. Late one night shortly after the funeral, she makes her way down to the kitchen and pours all of her grief and anger into the only outlet she has left—her passion for cooking. In a frenzy of concentration and swift precision, she builds layer upon layer of thick, rich lasagna, braids loaves of yeasty bread, roasts plump herb-rubbed chicken; she makes so much food that she winds up delivering the spoils to the neighbors in her tight-knit Italian community in South Philadelphia.

Retiree Basil Cupertino, who has just moved in with his kindly sister across the street, is positively smitten with Angelina’s food. In a stroke of good fortune, Basil offers Angelina (not only husbandless but unemployed) a job cooking for him—two meals a day, six days a week, in exchange for a handsome salary. Soon, word of her irresistible culinary prowess spreads and she finds herself cooking for seven bachelors—and in the process discovers the magical power of food to heal, to bring people together . . . and maybe even to provide a second chance at love.

Filled to the brim with homemade warmth, Angelina’s Bachelors is a sweet tale of overcoming grief, redefining family, and following your heart—through food.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781451620573
Publisher: Gallery Books
Publication date: 08/09/2011
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 384
Sales rank: 70,696
File size: 18 MB
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About the Author

Brian O’Reilly is a writer and producer.  He was the creator and executive producer of Food Network’s Dinner: ImpossibleAngelina’s Bachelors is his third book and first novel, after Mission: Cook! and Impossible to Easy.  His culinary collaborator is his wife and partner, Virginia, a lifelong cook and culinary producer of their production company.  In a perfect world, they believe, there’d be pie every day.

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Angelina's Bachelors 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 19 reviews.
Icecream18 More than 1 year ago
This novel is a perfect read for any season anywhere. The author, Brian O'Reilly, is a creator and executive producer of Food Network's Dinner: Impossible among many other accomplishments. His abilities shine through in this novel-containing recipes and descriptions of the main character baking and cooking. The main character, Angelina, will connect with the reader within the first few pages. Newly widowed, Angelina expresses her anger and sadness through her baking and cooking. She strikes good fortune when Bail Cupertino hears of her amazing feats in the kitchen and hires her to cook for him. She meets several men, including two possible love interests (Jerry and Guy), in search of her cooking after the word spreads even further of her skills. Angelina has several shocks during the novel, some mediocre and some very good, that the reader will be happy to experience with her. Angelina is a kind, caring, active character who the reader is sure to enjoy reading about. The secondary characters, with their quirks, are just as fun to get to know. This novel contains recipes with steps of how to make the dishes in every chapter-many that even an unskilled baker/cooker could try his/her hand at. This novel is recommended for adults who enjoy novels with a strong theme (cooking/baking) and fiction. I received this book as an ARC, this in no way altered my opinion.
BookHounds More than 1 year ago
When Angelina's husband dies of a massive heart attack at only forty and while sneaking a piece of her "Dream" cake, you would think she would be put off of cooking forever. But to Angelina, her cooking and baking gives meaning to her life. She obsessively creates new recipes and through her loves of food brings her new friends. This story should be really sad, but I found myself totally charmed by the characters that come to inhabit Angelina's dining room as she tries to make ends meet by serving food to several bachelors with questionable eating habits. These men come to encourage her through their friendship and she keeps them in line with her food. It wonderful to read something encouraging and have happiness appear through unlikely places and people. This book is not leaving my house and deserves a place of honor among my cookbooks! The story is interwoven with wonderful recipes that help tell Angelina's story and will have your mouth watering just reading them. The recipes go into detail that a lot of cookbooks don't even begin to cover with step by step instructions that are easy to follow. You can tell that the author truly loves food and I really wonder which came first: the recipes or the story. If you are a fan of food and looking for something a bit different for your book group, I think this one should be at the top of your list. It would be really fun to make a few of the recipes for your book club meeting.
ValerieL 6 months ago
Angelina's Bachelors by Brian O'Reilly is a wonderful debut novel. It's well-written; the characters are lovable and interesting; and the story line is well-thought and well-executed. The bachelors that Angelina ends up cooking for are all fascinating and it's fun to gradually get their back stories as the novel progresses. The level of emotions throughout the book also seemed to fit the circumstances of where they fell in the plot. This book struck the right balance between heavy, emotional reading and light-hearted, carefree reading. The one thing I did find annoying was that, at least in the copy I read, the recipes for Angelina's dinners were right in the middle of the story line. It was very annoying to have to keep skipping over three to five pages with the recipes on them just to get back to the story line. It would've been much better if the author had put those at the end of the chapter. All in all, a wonderful debut novel and I would love to read more from this author should he publish more.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Good story but the ending was odd.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is great. The story pulled me in. The characters are interesing. An plus for this book are the recipes interspersed throughout. Besides being for delicious foods, the recipes are more clearly written than what I find in most cook books I have used. The author and recipe creator captured the flavor of Italian South Philadelphia--pun most definitely intended!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
What a wonderful book.
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I really enjoyed this book.. The only thing i didn't like was all the recipes in the middle of the story. I would have wished they were at the end of the book. I have all these recipes( our own italian version) and i think I'm going to cook my way to my husband heart and remind him why he initially fell in love with me ! Tutti a Tavola & buon Pranzo!
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LF12 More than 1 year ago
Overall a good read but with alot of emphasis on the food and recipes. I was disappointed with the ending.