Recipe for Life

Recipe for Life Escape to Italy with this sumptuous story of secrets and friendships under Mediterranean skies A recipe for life should be a simple thing love and happiness family friends and a little food But life

  • Title: Recipe for Life
  • Author: Nicky Pellegrino
  • ISBN: 9780752884394
  • Page: 370
  • Format: Paperback
  • Escape to Italy with this sumptuous story of secrets and friendships under Mediterranean skies.A recipe for life should be a simple thing love and happiness, family, friends and a little food But life is rarely straightforwardAlice wants to make the most of life after all, she knows how fragile it can be and knows she never feels alive than when she s cookingEscape to Italy with this sumptuous story of secrets and friendships under Mediterranean skies.A recipe for life should be a simple thing love and happiness, family, friends and a little food But life is rarely straightforwardAlice wants to make the most of life after all, she knows how fragile it can be and knows she never feels alive than when she s cooking Babetta has spent a lifetime tending the garden of her tiny house on the Italian coast, supplying food to feed a family now grown and gone.One summer these two women are brought together in a crumbling Mediterranean villa, with the shared language of food There, under the heat of the Italian sun, or the shade of the pomegranate tree, secrets will be spoken, fears and hopes shared But life s lessons are not learnt easily.

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    About " Nicky Pellegrino "

  • Nicky Pellegrino

    I was born and grew up near Liverpool, England For a while I worked as a magazine journalist in London but then 21 years ago I came on holiday to New Zealand and met my future husband Carne Bidwill at a wedding Now we live together near a beach in Auckland with our dogs Charlie the standard poodle and Lucy the pointer I spend my time writing novels, working as a freelance journalist, riding my two horses, growing veges in my garden, cooking, trying to get other people to cook for me, eating and reading There isn t much time for anything else except a little light housework My all time favourite book is To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee and my book of 2013 was LIfe After LIfe by Kate Atkinson.I have a website nickypellegrino

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  • Amid a rash of books about Italy and food, I still think Nicky Pellegrino does it best. This one isn't perfect - I did get a little irritated by the alternating chapters for Alice and Babetta. But I then got tied up in the story and raced through it, tasting every mouthful of the wild asparagus with peccorino shavings, basking in the sun in the woven chair with Babetta with Sky the dog at my feet, working in the steamy kitchens at Teatro with Alice, feeling the heat of the bonfire after weeding [...]


  • I cannot recommend this highly enough.I just adored it. The characters were engaging . The description of the food-mouth watering!!!! This is the second book I have read by this author and I have ordered all her other books since reading these two over the past three days. What a joy they were with characters you care for and descriptions of Italy that make you want to pack a bag and head straight there. It was a joy to read this book and I will be re-reading it many many times in the future.It [...]


  • Um daqueles livros que não se consegue deixar de lado, uma leitura agradável, uma história de várias vidas e lugares que se interligam num tema comum a comida!


  • This book was a delicious story. Really well written and easy to read. It's not a gripping story but I was gripped none the less, finishing it in three days. Lovely book


  • This is the first title by this author that I have read and I doubt it will be the last as I believe they are all set in Italy. Although I am already here living the dream it was a pleasure to lose myself in the setting for this delightful novel for a few hours. A very relaxing read and the sights and smells felt almost real, it is obvious that the author knows those sights and smells for herself and is passionate about Italy.The story is told by the two main female characters, Alice and Babetta [...]


  • This tale is also set in Triento (from The Gypsy Tearoom). Some of the characters are also in this tale, but you don't have to read The Gypsy Tearoom before this tale.This is a tale of a girl named Alice and how she stops living her life after she is raped. It takes her many years to come to turns with living again. Triento is an important part of Alice's life.I really enjoyed this tale, especially the descriptions of food; they are mouth watering. Nicky Pellegrino once again writes a charming, [...]



  • Een prachtig geschreven verhaal over twee personages, het heerlijke Italie en Italiaans eten, terwijl het boek onder de Spaanse zon gelezen is. Het verhaal heeft twee personages die elk hoofdstuk afwisselen. Doordat er maar twee personages zijn, leer je ze echt kennen en word je betrokken bij hun leven. Dit maakt het verhaal intrigrerend en mooi.


  • I devoured this book very quickly. After spying it on my sisters book case, and having read some by Nicky before, I knew it would be enjoyable.The span of ages by the characters, the uncertainty of youth and the observations of those with age and experience on their side, made for an enjoyable read.Common themes of food, Italy and love but spanning the generations


  • I liked the book. I loved to read about the food and the friendship between Babetta and Alice The reason why I rated it only 4 stars is because I did not like the end of the book.





  • Nicky Pellegrino is yet another new author to me. I’d not heard of her books until I received a copy of Recipe For Life for review, but even then, I wasn’t necessarily sure she was my cup of tea. The cover doesn’t scream Chick Lit – the green house with the dark blue front door – but the new paperback cover is tons better. I’ve been looking for something a bit different to read so when I noticed this was still on my shelf, I decided to give it a go. At the end of the day, I’d eithe [...]


  • I read this in 2 days! I loved the descriptions of the way of life in the Italian village, and of all the amazing food.


  • Interesting comparison of perspectives between Babetta and Alice although each cares about food in their own way. at times funny, and at times poignant- a story about food and friendship, survival and love. I enjoyed it.


  • It was definitely a light and easy read. The descriptions of Italy were beautiful and just made me want to go back there! It's a great summer read, and if you want a book to just quickly keep you entertained this is the perfect book. I needed a book I could finish quickly and easily before I went to India and this was the right book.It does have a somewhat sad and disappointing tone throughout the whole book and I was disappointed with the ending too. Pellegrino just seemed to desperately try to [...]


  • Nicky Pellegrino writes charming books which simply ooze the smells, sights and flavours of Italy. This is her second book set in the (fictionalised) town of Triento in Southern Italy and some of the characters from The Gypsy Tearoom make an appearance, but it is not necessary to have read that book to enjoy this one. It's a warm hearted story about the importance of friendship and food. (Warning: this book will make you hungry!)The heroine of the story is Alice. After a traumatic rape, she drop [...]


  • Alice e Babetta, duas gerações completamente distantes, nada tinham a ver uma com outra até que Alice, num Verão, acompanha Leila e a sua mãe até à Vila Rosa, em Triento. Já em Londres Alice tinha trabalhado numa cozinha, nos trabalhos mais básicos mas, quando chega à Vila Rosa e conhece Babetta, rápido se forma a empatia entre ambas e a transmissão de saberes de cozinha é constante. Mesmo nunca tendo saído de Triento, toda a sabedoria de Babbeta fascina Alice até que conhece Luci [...]


  • Bom, esta é uma das minhas leituras em que tento reconquistar a minha fé na humanidade, e esta não desapontou, nesse sentido. Poderia ter ido até ás 2 estrelas e meia, mas fico-me pelo " foi ok".Porque, na realidade, não foi mais do que ok.A personagem principal, Alice, tenta reconstuir a vida dela, após um incidente traumático. Ela tenta confortar-se, indo viver com uma amiga de infancia, Leila, filha de uma artista conceituada. Leila é o oposto dela: linda, extrovertida, sexy e outgoi [...]


  • I had a good feeling about this book from the start – its beautiful cover of a turquoise wall with a tree branch waving over it, heavy with ripe lemons, made me think instantly of summer holidays.I decieded to read this book because my mum and other friends had and said they really liked itis book fits into the category a book written in 2011. this book was interesting because it was set in italy,it was romantic and had lots of different types of italian food. yum!. my favorite quote from this [...]


  • A cozinha esteve mais presente neste livro e foi impossível não pensarmos nas pizzas da casa de Chá Cigana ou nos belos pratos da Trattoria junto ao rio mas foi impossível não ficar triste com o lado frio de se trabalhar na cozinha de um restaurante fantástico mas em que tudo passa a ser apenas uma linha de produção, como disse Rafaella: "Não é cozinhar com amor e isso é que é o melhor da comida".Em termos de história foi interessante ver os acontecimentos da vida das personagens ma [...]


  • This is a great book for those times that you want something light and well written. The book is set in Italy and told through the eyes of a young English woman recovering from heartache and an old Italian woman near the end of her life. They are both feeling lost with the dislocation in their lives. Alice has dropped out of university and is trying to find a new direction for her life and Babette is feeling useless as her husband has lost his zest for life. One summer these two very different w [...]


  • A receita para a vida devia ser simples: amor, família, amigos, saúde e uma boa dose de delícias gastronómicas. Mas a vida raramente é simples.Ao ler este livro deparei-me com uma “opinião” interessante com a qual me identifiquei: “Cozinhar deve ser com amor… Se cozinharmos com amor nota-se a diferença no sabor!”Comecei a pensar nisto e realmente as minhas melhores “experiências” aconteceram quando cozinhei com amor… ou melhor, quando cozinhei para pessoas que gosto (para [...]


  • Oooohh, what a gorgeous book. I feel like I've just had a holiday in a little village in Italy! The descriptions of the village, the locals, the landscape and best of all, the most DEVINE food, were just wonderful. I have never been there, but now feel as if I have. I really enjoyed the characters and the story, the contrasts between modern city life and the gentle pace of life in a small village, and the differing perspectives of Alice (the young apprentice chef) and Babetta (the elderly Italia [...]


  • Muito giro! Achei que a autora era leve e sem complicações mas este livro encheu-me as medidas e fez-me chorar. Oscila entre duas protagonistas, uma delas narradora, de idades e em tudo diferentes entre si, cruzando-se em Itália. Apresentam-nos várias perspetivas da vida feminina, cruzando receitas e formas de rodear as questões que a vida traz. A única coisa que me desagradou um pouco foi o final romântico de uma das protagonistas, que achei um pouco frouxo. DE resto, gostei muito. A cap [...]


  • I have loved all of the books I have read so far from Nicky Pellegrino, she is fast becoming one of my favourite authors and reading this book just helped to convince me of that even more.Recipe for Life is almost sequel to Summer at Villa Rosa (also published as Gypsy Tea Room) and as well as letting us peep back into the lives of familiar characters, it also introduces lots of new and interesting ones, too. It is a lovely story of friendship, love, and the Italian countryside and it's food are [...]


  • Ideal para ler no verão e viajar pela sombria cidade de Londres, que rapidamente contrasta com a brisa leve e solarenga da vila Italiana. Mais uma viagem de cheiros de cozinhas empregnadas de sabores e vidas que parecem não ter solução um romance dos tempos modernos, que nos aborda as crises existênciais das expectativas da sociedade e uma nova esperança de que a vida nem sempre "começa" quando todos esperam, mas sim quando o destino deixa que tudo se encaminhe para a felicidade. Uma prov [...]


  • I wouldn't recommend this book, I finished it because I hate leaving a book unfinished.The only parts I enjoyed in the book were when the author describes the food, it made me want to go to a family restaurant in Italy and try some of the foods she described. On the other hand the story is a bit dull as are the characters, Babetta's story wasn't as bad as Alice's. I couldn't believe how Pellegrino ended her characters' story, I wanted something more for Babetta and something much different for A [...]


  • O ingrediente principal da minha vida é amor: amor próprio, amor pelo meu filho e pela minha família, os amigos, as minhas filhas caninas, um bom livro, um copo de vinho tinto agora sim, amo a vida!Este livro reflecte isso mesmo, amor pela vida, pelas cores e sabores. Amor pelas coisas que nos fazem sorrir e sonhar. E mesmo quando tudo quebra e a vida te troca as voltas apenas uma coisa é certa: o melhor está para vir! Vais descobrir o que realmente importa, e a força que tens para virar a [...]


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