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I Loved, I Lost, I Made Spaghetti    by Giulia Melucci order for
I Loved, I Lost, I Made Spaghetti
by Giulia Melucci
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Grand Central, 2009 (2009)
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* *   Reviewed by Mary Ann Smyth

I Loved, I Lost, I Made Spaghetti is the memoir of Guilia Melucci who worked for various publications and publishers in the New York setting. Her amours make for good reading. Her recipes make for good eating. What more can one ask? A man, perhaps, of her own?

Relationships seemed to happen. But long-lasting ones? No! A relationship resulting in a house with a picket fence and requisite number of children and perhaps a dog just didn't come her way. As the years went by, Melucci worked at finding Mr. Right. At first, each tryst seemed like the one to hit the jackpot. Something in either her own makeup or that of her erstwhile lovers made a parting of the ways inevitable. We, the readers, however, are the winners in this case. The story of her travails makes for very enjoyable reading.

And, oh, the recipes. Melucci had a compulsion to feed her man as well as herself. Whether putting together a romantic meal for two with wine and candles and background music with hope in her heart or a lonely meal for one, Melucci didn't stint on the quality of her food. And, fortuitously, she shares her recipes with us, her readers. Her love of good food is apparent, without her being strident about it.

You have to admire the woman. As much as she would like to have someone permanent in her life, she doesn't want to settle for the wrong man. It may take her a while to realize something is wrong. But when she does, she moves on to once again take up the search. I Loved, I Lost, I Made Spaghetti is a fun book with good eating to follow.

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