There’re so many various types of books that meet and fit any taste. But there’s one particular series of books in which the main storyline goes together with recipes and cooking. These are not typical cookbooks full of recipes or self-paced cooking courses but love stories that depict two of the faces of love – for the beloved one mixed with the love for cooking. Such books aren’t that boring since they give you the chance to live out the romance of the main characters and enrich your culinary skills with recipes of traditional and not-that-traditional meals and specialties from the two most romantic countries in the world – Italy and France. Nice, a? 😉
“Lunch in Paris” is a book of that type. Its author and main character, Elizabeth Bard, shares her story and culinary experience in the City of Love – Paris. During an event she meets her future husband. He’s a Frenchman while she’s from New York, currently living and studying in London. Initially they live between the two cities. After two years she moves to his student apartment in Paris and finally they become a family. Elizabeth cunningly and intriguingly tells about their love and also about the cultural differences they face in their relationship and later in their family life. A humble example is the Americans’ spontaneous exchange of telephone numbers with complete strangers met at a party, aiming at building new future friendships with them. That could hardly happen in Europe, especially in countries such as France and Italy, in which locals have a tight bond with their family members and old friends and prefer long-term and old friendships to new and spontaneous acquaintanceships. The author doesn’t also miss to mention and show her admiration to French women and their slim figures. They keep their nice appearance and slim bodies even in their 50s although the culinary temptations are too may in France. And that’s mainly due to several things: regular nutrition, no speed eating, vast consumption of H2O (i.e. water), indulging in a glass of wine and, of course, the consumption of the notorious French cheese.
Another book of that kind is “I loved, I lost, I made spaghetti” by Giulia Melucci. Well, in my opinion, the novel could be given another working title – Spaghetti and the City 🙂 as its major idea is close to that of the movie. Apart from this, I’d say the book is quite good and fascinating with its storylines and the main character’s personal love-culinary adventures with men. The author is extremely good at cooking and uses her cooking skills to reach her boyfriends’ hearts through their stomachs. She’s of the opinion that well cooked and delicious meals are the side dishes accompanying love and pleasures as well as they are the best solace and consolation against a broken heart. That’s why Giulia puts her love for cooking in practice every time she starts a new relationship or after it ends up.
In conclusion, I might add one more thing. These two books (and surely, many others of that kind) confirm one Spanish proverb, i.e. “A full stomach makes a happy heart” no matter we are in love or brokenhearted.