La Cucina: A Novel of Rapture

La Cucina: A Novel of Rapture

by Lily Prior
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La Cucina: A Novel of Rapture by Lily Prior

Since childhood, Rosa Fiore — daughter of a sultry Sicilian matriarch and her hapless husband — found solace in her family's kitchen. La Cucina, the heart of the family's lush estate, was a place where generations of Fiore women prepared sumptuous feasts and where the drama of extended family life was played out around the age-old table.

When Rosa was a teenager, her own cooking became the stuff of legend in this small community that takes pride in the bounty of its landscape and the eccentricity of its inhabitants. Rosa's infatuation with culinary arts was rivaled only by her passion for a young man, Bartolomeo, who, unfortunately, belonged to another. After their love affair ended in tragedy, Rosa retreated first into her kitchen and then into solitude, as a librarian in Palermo. There she stayed for decades, growing corpulent on her succulent dishes, resigned to a loveless life.

Then, one day, she meets the mysterious chef, known only is I'Inglese, whose research on the heritage of Sicilian cuisine leads him to Rosa's library, and into her heart. They share one sublime summer of discovery, during which I'lnglese awakens the power of Rosa's sensuality, and together they reach new heights of culinary passion. When I'Inglese suddenly vanishes, Rosa returns home to the farm to grieve for the loss of her second love. In the comfort of familiar surroundings, among her, growing family, she discovers the truth about her loved ones and finds her life transformed once more by the magic of her cherished Cucina.

Exuberant and touching, La Cucina is a magical evocation of lifes mysterious seasons and the treasures found in each one. It celebrates family, food, passion, and the eternal rapture of romance.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780060953690
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 09/28/2001
Pages: 288
Sales rank: 347,449
Product dimensions: 5.31(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.64(d)

About the Author

Lily Prior is the author of La Cucina, Ardor, and Nectar and she divides her time between London and Italy.

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La Cucina: A Novel of Rapture 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
heathercollins More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed this book quite a bit. The story captures you and keeps you reading. It's a short book, but a lovely one. It is funny, witty and definitely worth reading.
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No1NewAuthor More than 1 year ago
Lily Prior is a master, mixing whimsy, romance & comedy, all for the purpose of making you smile & laugh out loud. While reading, be prepared for others people around you to think there's something wrong with you from all the muffled chuckles beneath your palm. WARNING: Not to be read in a quiet bookstore or library!
E-Love More than 1 year ago
I loved every page and couldn't put it down! Entertainment value galore! The story telling was phenomenal, and full of whimsy. It's imaginative. A 100% must read. Bravo, Lily Prior! If you like this books, please look at my recommendations.
Guest More than 1 year ago
A book seller recommended this book because it was 'a good quick read' and while it was a quick read, I did not find the story itself to be original or interesting. Sometimes the story seemed to be building up to something deeper, but I couldn't help but feel cheated at the if there was almost no point to the book except to write a book. This novel was compared to Like Water for Chocolate, however I found very little similarities between the two novels. Like Water for Chocolate was an attention holding story, very colorful in its language and writing style. I found the writing in this book to be very superficial and at times it sounded very stereotypical.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a wonderful Italian love story that winds itself around you like a warm blanket. Ms. Prior's first novel takes detailed images of food and cooking and weaves them throughout her well written story of rapture. This is a great book for your summer reading list. Find a comfy chair and get a cool glass of water. You won't want to put it down and reading it might make you hot and thirsty. Highly recommended!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I really did enjoy this book. So much so that I was disappointed with the ending. Why didn't Ms. Prior tell us where L'Inglese had been all this time and why?!!! What was his connection with Rosa's brother, Luigi? Did L'Inglese kill Crocifisso? My happiness that Rosa had gotten her love back was tempered with my frustration and disappointment of too many unanswered questions.
Guest More than 1 year ago
'La Cucina' is one of the most sensual novels of its time. Much like 'Like Water for Chocolate' this book allows cooking to unleash passions through all the senses. Rosa Fiore had a secret weapon. She was a wonderful chef and used this gift to change her otherwise repressed life. Stuck in a dreary job and taken for granted by family, her sudden meeting with a stranger changes her life. He appreciates all of her gifts. Unfortunately, he mysteriously disappears after a romantic summer and Rosa is forced to go back home to her former life. However, she is greeted with newfound respect, which alters her view on her past, present and future. This is a wonderful book that is engaging, romantic,passionate and endearing. I highly recommend it to all.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is by far one of the best books I have ever read.It took me less than 3 days to absorb this whole book.I absolutely loved the relationship between Rosa and l'Inglese it was so provacative and the desire for her as an equal was beautiful.I admit I was a little disappointed at the end when l'Inglese comes back. However,I believe Ms.Prior left that up to us as the reader, so we can imagine all of the possibilities of l'Inglese's whereabouts. To be honest, I almost cried when Rosa saw l'Inglese coming down the road because I had become so wrapped up in her life that I felt her pains and joys and sorrows as if they were mine. This is a book you will not regret reading.