I Loved, I Lost, I Made Spaghetti
By Giulia Melucci
(Grand Central Publishing, Hardcover, 9780446534420, 288pp.)
Publication Date: April 2009
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From failure to fusilli, this deliciously hilarious read tells the story of Giulia Melucci's fizzled romances and the mouth-watering recipes she used to seduce her men, smooth over the lumps, and console herself when the relationships flamed out.
From an affectionate alcoholic, to the classic New York City commitment-phobe, to a hipster aged past his sell date, and not one, but two novelists with Peter Pan complexes, Giulia has cooked for them all. She suffers each disappointment with resolute cheer (after a few tears) and a bowl of pastina (recipe included) and has lived to tell the tale so that other women may go out, hopefully with greater success, and if that's not possible, at least have something good to eat.
Peppered throughout Giulia's delightful and often poignant remembrances are fond recollections of her mother's cooking, the recipes she learned from her, and many she invented on her own inspired by the men in her life. Readers will howl at Giulia's boyfriend-littered past and swoon over her irresistable culinary creations.
Giulia Melucci was born and raised in Brooklyn, NY where she still lives, but in a more fashionable neighborhood. She is the former VP of PR for Harper's Magazine, and previously worked at Spy Magazine, Atlantic Monthly Press, Viking, Dutton and Scribner. Visit her website at http://www.ilovedilostimadespaghetti.com.
"Melucci's witty tales of New York romances intertwined with delicious recipes makes for a delightfully irresistible memoir. It's a foodie's dream version of Sex and the City!"
-Mario Batali, Chef/Author
"Delectable... Anyone who has wondered, "Will I ever find Mr. Right?" will appreciate this sprightly debut." -Library Journal (starred review)
"Cook along with Melucci as she swims through the dating pool with pluck and unflagging humor." -New York Times Book Review
"Wry, personable, and at times even snortingly funny . . . root for a woman who learns to nourish her own stomach -and soul-even when her heart's been flambéed." -Entertainment Weekly
"Giada De Laurentiis meets Candace Bushnell in this debut memoir from romantically challenged yet resilient Melucci . . . Frustrations whisked into a tasty treat of a story." -Kirkus Reviews
"I LOVED, I LOST, I MADE SPAGHETTI proves that the cure for a broken heart is pasta." -Vanity Fair
"In this endearing memoir-with-recipes cooking is an endeavor that brings order to the chaos of dating." -People