Originally published in March 2005, on my original 52 Books blog.
This is a wonderful, sweet memoir about mature love, between the author, a divorced American food writer and chef, and Fernando, a Venetian bank worker who fell in love with her from afar but only found the courage to approach her when she returned to Venice a year later. Within a few months she had tied up her life in the USA and moved to Venice to be with him. The book tells of their first three years together, getting to know each other, marriage preparations, their life together, adjustments to a new culture, and Marlena’s other love affairs, namely with Venice and food.
At the end there is a chapter of recipes for some of the food she mentions in the books, with some truly mouth-watering recipes.
Rating: A lovely, tasty combination of true romance, travel and food. 4 stars.