La Cucina by Lily Prior

About the book

La Cucina tells the story of Rosa Fiore, a solitary middle-aged librarian, who has resigned herself to a loveless life, and expresses her passionate nature through her delicious cooking.

Reviewed by Eastleigh Library Wednesday Afternoon Group

We were of mixed opinion over this, a good laugh, atmosphere, enjoyed the descriptions of the cooking. One member of the group compared it to Joanne Harris’ “Chocolat” but did not think it as good. Characters not very attractive and found the ending indecisive.

Star rating: ***

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5 thoughts on “La Cucina by Lily Prior”

  1. Review by Denmead Reading Circle
    A quick easy read, quite explicit language in places. An intriguing look into Mafia and peasant culture in Sicily. I wonder how different it is today. I liked the list of characters – it was necessary!
    Star rating: ***


  2. Review by Liss Reading Group
    A good read but not admired by everyone. Much of the story was somewhat over the top as was the amount of detail devoted to food preparation and eating, though some thought that perfectly acceptable in a modern novel.
    Star rating: ***


  3. Review by Happy Days
    We felt this book was a passionate, humorous, entertaining read which left us wanting more!
    Star rating: ****


  4. Review by Yummy Mummys
    This was an exciting, sensual love story. It transports you straight into Sicily and you are living Rosa’s life, her ups and downs, her highs and her lows. We all felt that you have to get past the first few chapters to get into it. We all had our own conclusion of the ending, each have different views. It needs a follow on book. Suggestions have been made about this being made into a film.
    Star rating : ***+


  5. Review by Jane’s Book Group
    Entertaining romp read. Evocative writing, very descriptive, lovely descriptions of food and Italy.
    Star rating: ****


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