2005. A paperback copy in very good condition.
Italy, 1964. Maria Domenica is the eldest daughter in the Carrozza family from the tiny southern village of San Giulio. At sixteen, Maria's life is limited to the confines of her mother's rural kitchen (where she bakes bread every morning, the way the Carrozza women always have), and the Caffe Angeli, a place of friendship, strong espresso and famous ricotta sfolgliatelle. Her parents have high hopes for their beautiful first-born, but she has other plans. Maria runs away to Rome but, a year later, she returns to San Giulio in disgrace - eight months pregnant with the identity of the father a mystery. Hastily, shamefully, she is married off to a neighbour's son. But she soon escapes again, this time to England, where she searches once more for a new life for herself and her daughter, Chiara. Many years later, it is Chiara, not Maria, who finds herself drawn back to San Giulio. But she soon discovers that the simple Italian life she seeks is not as simple as it seems - particularly where the past is concerned.
DELICIOUS is an irresistible novel about the enduring love affair between Italy and England, three very different generations of women, and an old kitchen in Campania that binds them all together. It combines the mouth-watering culinary warmth of Joanne Harris with the wonderful storytelling of Maureen Lee. Nostalgic, romantic quality of Italy contrasts with the starkness of Liverpool. 'Full-bodied as a rich Italian red, it's a page-turner combining the missed chances of Captain Corelli's Mandolin with the foodie pleasures of Chocolat. A warming read for a winter's night' Eve 'If you like your stories on the sensuous side, this debut novel is for you' Glamour. Nicky Pellegrino is a highly promotable author - she grew up on Merseyside but spent childhood summers in southern Italy. She is the editor of a women's magazine and has excellent media contacts. Foreign rights have so far sold to Germany, Holland, Portugal and Spain. DELICIOUS marks the debut of an exciting new talent in women's fiction.
Born in 1964, Nicky Pellegrino is of Italian origin and now lives in New Zealand, where she is the editor of a weekly woman's magazine. DELICIOUS is her debut novel.