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No one writes about Italian American families with the humor warmth and heart of Peter Pezzelli With Francesca's Kitchen she delivers a winning novel about how much we need the closeness of family even if we don't know itWhere There's Food There's FamilyFor years Francesca Campanile was the ueen of her home Standing in her kitchen over a bubbling pot of tomato sauce she dispensed advice as liberally as she did the garlic as she raised and argued with her son and two daughtersBut now her children and their children have moved away And for the widowed Francesca no longer having a family around to pester annoy guide love and of course cook for makes her feel useless What she needs is another family who needs her and when she sees Loretta Simmons's ad in the Providence paper for a part time nanny she's sure she's found it All the single mom wants is someone to fill in for a few hours a day But it's obvious to Francesca that Loretta and her kids need a lot Loretta's struggling to make ends meet Every man she brings home is a disaster And her kids could definitely use some guidance and a little lasagna frankly It's time for Francesca to work her magicand the best place to start is the kitchen Funny and moving with a heroine to adore Francesca's Kitchen is a delicious story about sharing love life advice and above all foodHome cooking good pasta and traditional family values conuer all in this amusing and touching story Publishers Weekly


10 thoughts on “Francesca's Kitchen

  1. says:

    What a delightful book and very well written Being a grandmother I was in the moment It takes a grandmother to have a little wisdom a lot of patience and a love of cooking to solve all problems Lots of family values in this book I would recommend it


  2. says:

    Francesca’s Kitchen is a thoroughly sweet little story about a widowed grandmother living in Providence RI and who’s two daughters and their husbands and children have moved to Oregon and to Florida for job purposes some time ago Luckily for Francesca she has her youngest son Joey in his thirties who lives nearby He’s single and if it wasn’t for him bringing around laundry from time to time or cooking for him on Sunday that still gives her bit of purpose Still Francesca feels a bit lost and believes that she has a lot to offer to others So one day she answers an ad to baby sit for young Loretta Simmons’ two kids when they come home from schoolFrancesca’s values are strong family values and I enjoyed how she went about her way to help Loretta who worked hard to support her two kids but had very little stamina left to cook or keep houseLittle by little Francesca shows Loretta that preparing a good home cooked meal to be enjoyed around the table is the start of how pick yourself up I believe in that tooLike I said a sweet story – no great depth but a lovely message nonetheless It was something different – it held values that made so much sense and aren’t around enough these days unfortunately


  3. says:

    This is a cute story Okay so it's not necessarily totally realistic since things eventually fall perfectly into place However being the child of Italian Americans I really appreciate Francesca She is a combination of my mother and grandmother I enjoy the cooking in the story because I love to cook and so much of my growing up involved activities in the kitchen It is a good reminder of how when people get older they may begin to feel unneeded yet we really need them to share their wisdom and guidance It's funny how her son is really spoiledshe does his laundry still for heaven's sake But that is part of the Italian tradition if you research those Italian mama's boys


  4. says:

    If you don't belong to BookBub or Early Bird Books or any of the other sites for downloading discounted e books my advice is either do so because you will find gems like this book or don't subscribe to their daily newsletters because you will buy and buy and buy This is a warm as in your heart novel about a woman that I wish I could be like Happy my family is all within a few hours drive and I get uality time with my children and grandchildren Just wish I could walk to the pantry and put together a delicious meal out of what happens to be there Ha ha And I do like happy endings


  5. says:

    Your stereotypical Italian American grandmother Francesca Campanile finds her happiness in caring and cooking for others For much of her life those others were her husband and children Now bereft of their company due to her husband's death and her childrens' relocation she finds herself depressed and lonely It's no fun cooking for only one Add to that the dreary Rhode Island winter weather and it's easy to understand why Francesca feels a need for someone anyone with which to occupy her time and importantly her heart Francesca needs to feel needed and she finds that need fulfilled in a most unlikely way When she sees a want ad in the newspaper for a part time nanny to help a single mother she takes the plunge and finds herself in the midst of Loretta Simmons' chaotic life Her bravery is rewarded as Loretta and her children open up their disorganized home and world to her allowing her the chance to do what she does best nag encourage guide love and of course cook In the end she and Loretta benefit each other providing just the tonic that they need and not surprisingly both end up being blessed with one thing that's been missing for uite a while in their lives romanceI adore Pezzelli's books His prose flows effortlessly his characters are realistic and his books teach excellent family values Their plots might not be very intricate and the storylines may be simple but they all impart a warm tender feeling that will soothe your heart This book is no exception It's a great readespecially if you need a lift to your heart and encouragement to look around you and find someone that needs your helpand who just might help you in the process


  6. says:

    I read a previous book given to me by TF by Peter Pezzelli Every Sunday and I really enjoyed it I have wanted to read other books by Pezzelli and thought that he might be a good author to use to test out the Kindle eReaderThis is the kind of book that I like a book about people going about their every day lives and trying to do the best they can It is also a book about people needing to feel useful and use their skills It is also a book about not being able to be Superwoman and needing help in life I also liked this book because it dealt if a tiny bit superficially with how people fell when trying to deal with how they feel about not feeling useful or feeling overwelmedI liked the element of discipline that Francesca brought to her adopted family and I think that Pezzelli accurately described the reaction of the childrenI was a little surprised at how the book ended but the author did open the door for a seuel


  7. says:

    Sweet but predictable Could have been condensed into about 100 pages because the plot is pretty thin


  8. says:

    I loved this book It reminded me of my Italian grandmother Fast read


  9. says:

    I had read many of Peter's previous books and wasn't too pleased with how they turned out However after reading this one I was impressed with how wonderful this particular story was and would definitely be intrigued to read another book of his The story starts out by introducing Francesca as she is going home after spending time with her daughter's family We then learn of Francesca's desire to do for herself considering that all of her children have moved on with their lives She then applies for a job as a nanny and meets Loretta who is a mother to Penny and Will At first Francesca has difficulty relating to the children however after a bit of time they warm up to her and the story begins to take shape We then read about how Loretta is looking for love and the love that she ultimately finds is in the most unlikely of places I really loved how Peter outlined the uniueness of Francesca's culture and how she was able to form a bond with both Penny and Will once she was able to find common ground with them both The relationship between Francesca and Loretta was heartwarming and I enjoyed reading about the motherdaughter bond that they shared despite not even being related I absolutely loved the recipes at the back of the book and will even try to make some of them Would love to see a seuel to this book as there is definitely the potential for it


  10. says:

    If you are looking for a good vacation read this might be a great choice It is a warm uncontroversial well written book by Peter Pezzelli about a widow whose family members have moved away from home She misses their Sunday dinners together and most of all she misses making lots of good Italian food An independent sort she decides against the advice of her widowed friends to take an after school job as a babysitter for two children whose mother works each day She finds their home devoid of the practices she most values it is messy disorganized and most important devoid of home made food The children dump their book bags when they walk in from school Their family meals consist of carry out Enter Francesca This is a warm fuzzy book a good vacation read If politics are wearing you down and over opinionated people are taking the joy out of life for you this book will bring you comfort some smiles and even some good recipes I recommend it as a book that heals just like Francesca's lasagne does