Picks and Pans Review: The Food of Love

updated 08/09/2004 at 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 08/09/2004 01:00AM

By Anthony Capella
NOVEL

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First-time novelist Capella creates a charming romance in this modern take on Cyrano de Bergerac. Shy Bruno, a chef at a snooty Roman restaurant, has a crush on an American student, Laura. Ruthless roommate Tommaso decides to woo the girl by posing as a chef and having Bruno create seductive feasts. The fun begins when Chef Tommaso's feats become the talk of Rome. Evoking the sights, smells and flavors of Italy in sensuous prose, this lively book also features recipes for readers eager to create (or just dream about) Bruno's food of amore.

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