Sunday, August 23, 2009

I Loved, I Lost, I Made Spaghetti

I Loved, I Lost, I Made Spaghetti


It's time for another book review by Pam. Those of you offended by untalented writers attempting to write a book review, may leave now.

Anyone still here? If this was Romper Room, I'd look through my magic mirror and see who is still with me. Wait..maybe my monitor is magical..I see Marjie, and Joy, and Kat, and.... How'd I do?

Anywhoo, enough with that silliness and on to my book review. I just finished listening to I Loved, I Lost, I Made Spaghetti by Giulia Melucci.

I really enjoyed this book. It is part New York City single girl memoir and part foodie memoir all rolled up into one. She tells the tales of all of her ex-boyfriends, the meeting, the dating, and the feeding of said boyfriends. Because that is what she does, she feeds her boyfriends, she cooks for them.

I have to say the mom in me wanted to sit her down and have a good old-fashioned talk with her. I know that we are in enlightened times, but really you don't always have to be the one inviting them up to your apartment, kissing them first, trying to seduce them...basically doing all the work. Let them do the work, let them try and figure out how to win you.

But aside from all the chasing and dating, there is the cooking. Since I listened to this book, I don't have any of the recipes in front of me. But they all sounded wonderful, simple, and delicious. Lots of pasta and lots of simple, real cooking. Cooking from the pantry when you get home late and you're starving.

Like I said, I really enjoyed this, 4 out of 5 stars.

24 comments:

Rachel Cotterill said...

I like your book reviews - concise & to-the-point. Sounds like an entertaining book, too.

La Table De Nana said...

I'm here too:) You made me interested in reading it:)

shabby girl said...

Excellent advise Mama!
As for Romper Room, I remember being sick as a little kid and my mom bringing the tv into the bedroom. I was watching Miss Nancy with her magic mirror, and she said "I hope your feeling better Lisa!" Wow!!! It really was a magic mirror!!!

Rachel said...

Just discovered your blog and am enjoying it, especially perusing the books you've read. Books and cooking, two of my great pleasures too!

Alisa - Frugal Foodie said...

I stuck with you!

I have been looking for a foodie novel, and this sounds excellent. I am with you though, I still think it pays to let the man do the "courting," so to speak. It just seems like human nature.

SparkleFarkle said...

The book sounds delish, and don't chubee sellin' yourself short: the review was on TOP (of spaghetti-y), too!

lydiatheperfectpantry said...

I felt the same way -- this woman needs a good talking-to. I felt a bit sad as I was reading the book.

Joy K said...

My eyebrows did a little dance when I saw my name. I'm probably not the "Joy" you referred to, but still...your magic monitor is pretty good.

Nancy said...

This sounds like a perfect gift for my daughter. I'll put it on her Christmas list - then I'll read it when she is done! Thanks for the review.

Pam said...

Rachel - thank you!

La table - thank you too!

Shabby - how fun that she sent you a special message!

Rachel - welcome to my blog!

Alisa - it reallly was good, just a little frustrating sometimes.

Sparkle - all covered with cheese?

Lydia - I'm glad I'm not the only one who wanted to give her a good talking to.

Joy - How fun to see your name!

Nancy - that's what I always used to do. Buy my daughter's something that I wanted to read.

Kat said...

Yes, I was in that magic mirror! I may have to try this book. Romper Room, now that is a blast from the past. I wonder if kids now a days would be interested enoughin the show to stay with it.

Antoinette said...

Makes me think of my mom, who has spent her lifetime showing her love almost exclusively through her cooking. It was really tough on her to host us at her home this summer with a torn rotator cuff, which restricted her mobility and kept her cooking to a minimum...

Eve said...

Well your book review was good enough that I've just come back from ordering this on Amazon. Thanks :)

Sweet and Savory said...

The book sounds like fun and the culture of today. It certainly sounds worth the read for entertainment.

Thanks for the review.

Joy said...

Yep, I'm here. I think I am the Joy you were referring to....but I'll share the mention with Joy K.

Marjie said...

Yes, your magical monitor was right: I am still reading! Sounds like a good book, and I too would share your impulse to give her a good lecture!

Paula said...

Oh man, I remember hoping that my name would be said on Romper Room ... alas, the name Paula was never mentioned when I watched. Sniff. And now a repeat here. Sniff. Sob. Sigh.

This book sounds like it could be made into a movie with Rene Zellwiger (don't know if I spelled that right) would play the lead. Love that title.

SDK said...

Oh, yes, girls do NOT chase boys. Someone needs to tell her that she is a prize to be won!

the ungourmet said...

Maybe that's the answer for me. I need to listen to books since I can't ever seem to sit down and read one! Thank for the review!

Lori Lynn said...

Cute. Do younger bloggers know of Romper Room? I always waited to hear my name, but it was never Lori, sometimes I heard Laura :(
LL

Debinhawaii said...

I once got a post card from Miss Mary Ann from Romper Room telling me to be a good "Do-Bee", I think I still have it somewhere--too funny!

I have seen this book around so thanks for the review--it sounds like a fun read.

Barbara said...

I love your book reviews! Keep them coming.

Terri and Bob said...

I am looking for an entertaining book to accompany me to all the many endless doctor's appts that await me in the future. How did school start for you? I am still waiting for my own first day.

Cate O'Malley said...

That book has been on my Amazon list for awhile now - glad to hear you liked it!