Saturday, April 25, 2009

Review: "I Loved, I Lost, I Ate Spaghetti" Guilia Melucci

What do you do if you're in your late 30's, all of your relationships have failed for one reason or another, you have wit to spare and you cook a mean spaghetti? You do what Guilia Melucci did and you write a fast-paced, funny memoir chock-full of delicious recipes (most of which I can't wait to try!)

Guilia Melucci started off a little late in life in the romance department, but that doesn't stop her from meeting (and falling in love with) a host of unsuitable men throughout her 20's and 30's. There's Kit, the alcoholic who cared less about food(!), Ethan, the man who was afraid to get too close emotionally for some unfathomable reason, and Lachlan, the Scottish writer who seemed to be using Guilia for her connections to the literary world. Guilia highlights for us the details of her (mostly) disastrous love encounters while offering us mouthwatering recipes along the way.

I loved this book. Part memoir, part cookbook, this book was fast-paced and entertaining, full of wit (I laughed out loud a couple of times while reading), with delicious recipes thrown in there as a bonus. One night after reading a couple of chapters of this book I was inspired to get creative in the kitchen and I cooked a wicked meal of garlic chicken for myself and my husband (the recipe's not in the book, but I was inspired by all of her inventive ingredient pairings). A great read for anyone who's ever been in love with the wrong man, I highly suggest picking this one up. As for me, I'm keeping this one on my bookshelf for reference the next time I'm looking to cook a "Hot Pink Cake"(p.141) or "Dinner to Impress an Older Gentleman" (p.156-157)

Thanks to Hachette Book Group for this review copy!


  1. I have this one on the to-be-read pile. It sounds great. Can't wait to get to it. Thanks for sharing your thoughts.

  2. I just finished and reviewed this as well, and I completely agree with you. Entertaining, delicious, fast-paced...great review!

  3. listened to this on cd while driving on a long trip....LOVED it loved it!

  4. Giulia, dahlink! Why are you inviting these LOSER-men into your sanctum sanctorum! You're MUCH too talented to sell-out for less! Stay single, stay happy. Celebrate your wonderful life. You are complete-- you don't need these BUMS to complete you.