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Cucina Tipica: An Italian Adventure (edição: 2018)

de Andrew Cotto (Autor)

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Cucina Tipica: An Italian Adventure is the story of Jacoby Pines, a disheartened American who arrives in Italy on holiday, and decides he never wants to leave. What follows is a wine-soaked, food-filled, travel-laden adventure about one man's quest for an antiquated existence in the modern world.
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Título:Cucina Tipica: An Italian Adventure
Autores:Andrew Cotto (Autor)
Informação:Black Rose Writing (2018), Edition: Second Printing ed., 281 pages
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Cucina Tipica: An Italian Adventure, by Andrew Cotto, is the story of Boston area Jacoby Pines and his journey of self-discovery. The former rocker turned PR man finds himself out of a job and shunned by the industry. His fiancee Claire, a freelance food and travel writer, decides to take him on a year-long trip to Italy where she will be working. Although meant to be a time for Jacoby to recover, the stay turns out to be a source of fiction for the couple. Their time apart leaves Jacoby to investigate an old photo that he brought with him, hoping to discover something of his past. Through the course of the book, he meets Bob, from East Texas who has been living illegally and Helen from Melbourne who is both a bit refined and a little wild.

Cotto manages to capture Italian country life and regional themes in wine rich Italy. If the reader doesn't care for Jacoby, there is more than enough food imagery throughout the book to keep the reader hungry. It would be an understatement to say food plays a predominant role in the book. Other themes enter the text that are surprisingly unexpected. Scenes like the Florence underground lead to some surprising descriptions and people that do not usually make it into the travel guides. Fetes, sports, and tradition round out the reader's tour of Florence. Cucina Tipica translates to traditional cuisine, and although food and culture play a role in the story, there is enough of the uncommon fare to separate this novel from others set in Italy. ( )
  evil_cyclist | Mar 16, 2020 |
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Nice story but for an Italian reader it was such a disappointment, everything looks and tastes too perfect. This probably represent the view of Italy from a tourist's perspective. Probably, the best thing is not look to it too realistically. ( )
  CateMc | May 15, 2019 |
‘Don’t worry, Jacoby Pines. Plenty of excitement awaits.’

This is a gloriously sun-drenched story of finding a home, friendship and love – oh, and there’s food. Lots of food. Jacoby Pines, fired from his PR firm for an inappropriate text message, has come to Tuscany with his fiancée, the famous travel writer Claire St. James, who has been given a one-year assignment to find hidden upmarket-yet-rustic experiences for the traveller in Italy. Renting a barn from a local they embark on this new life together. And what a journey it becomes! Jacoby is a bruised and insecure man, prone to fits of bad-temper, and mourning the recent death of his father, his last surviving relative. In his possession he has a photograph of an unknown woman with the words ‘Villa Floria-Zanobini, 1939’ written on the back. It becomes Jacoby’s mission to try to find out why his father had kept this photograph hidden in his belongings. In the process, the story becomes one of finding somewhere to settle, somewhere he feels that he belongs – and finding friendships, love and the possibility of something more.

For the first quarter of the book or so I was on the fence with this one; at times the sentences were a little clunky, the Italian characters introduced a little too stereotypical, the language-barrier misunderstandings a little too silly. But then, you know what, I just lost myself in the story. It is simply an upbeat, uplifting, gloriously happy tale about dreams coming true, about human companionship, and about finding happiness in the simple things. Food is a central part of the book, with long, lovingly-detailed descriptions of the cooking and eating of local cuisine and drink. The sun is always shining, the scenery of Tuscany is breathtakingly beautiful. When Jacoby teams up with local hotelier Bill, and encounters museum worker Helen, the book has several set-pieces which celebrate the local sites of Florence and the traditions of both the city and the countryside. Some of Cotto’s incidental descriptions show a nice touch (Dolores, Claire’s cousin, is described as ‘plus-sized and outrageous’), and there is a very obvious love for the area and the people. As the story barrels along apace towards the conclusion (somehow involving a marble cat, lawyer’s letters, a local holiday descending into a public brawl, and an auction) be in no doubt that there will be a happy ending. Surely?

Joyous, fun, heart-warming and a pleasure to read, I heartily recommend this. It’s not perfect – some judicious rewriting of the opening chapters might have eased me in a bit sooner, and there are some proofreading lapses in the edition I read. But I’m quibbling – any book that I sit and read with a broad smile on my face, and has me chuckling and cheering along as it goes, is just what I need. Pure escapism. Loved it. ( )
  Alan.M | Apr 16, 2019 |
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This book was a delight! A colorful armchair adventure through Tuscany, with vivid descriptions of the food and scenery. Add in a fun storyline and interesting characters, and the overall experience was thoroughly enjoyable. Some minor editing (parameter/perimeter, attach/attack, here/hear, etc.) is needed. Many thanks to Librarything for the free copy of this ebook. ( )
  MBinSC | Mar 19, 2019 |
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I enjoyed this book, laughed out loud in a couple places (the transvestite club was a highlight!), and thought the characters were sympathetic and well drawn. The use of Italian dialog in a few places caused me to pause though since I couldn't always figure out what was being said so lost a bit of flow there, and it did sometimes drag on. But overall a nice quick read in a lovely setting. I was even wrong about a potential love interest, which delighted me, I love being surprised. ( )
  melissajerome | Mar 6, 2019 |
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