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August 14, 2010

I Loved, I Lost, I Made Spaghetti by Giulia Melucci

I picked up Giulia Melucci's I Loved, I Lost, I Made Spaghetti; a memoir of good food and bad boyfriends because I was looking for light summer reading. I got what I bargained for, but ultimately it left me wanting more.

This is Ms. Melucci's story of a life spent looking for love in all the wrong places, and trying to win over her beaus' hearts through their stomachs. While the included recipes look quite yummy, the book itself is not compelling. The author comes off as sympathetic but cloying, and way too willing to put up with the wrong men in the hopes of getting one of them to eventually marry her. Her lack of success is foreshadowed often enough that there is no suspense involved, and ultimately her litany of bad boyfriends becomes tiresome over time.

Perhaps single women will like this more, on the theory that misery loves company. But ultimately, unless you're dying for the recipes, this book is unsatisfying.

Posted by In Repair at August 14, 2010 06:12 PM

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