Author(s): Nicky Pellegrino
A recipe for life should be a simple thing: love and happiness, family, friends and a little food. But life is rarely straightforward...Alice wants to make the most of life - after all, she knows how fragile it can be - and knows she never feels more alive than when she's cooking. Babetta has spent a lifetime tending the garden of her tiny house on the Italian coast, supplying food to feed a family now grown and gone. One summer these two women are brought together in a crumbling Mediterranean villa, with the shared language of food. There, under the heat of the Italian sun, or the shade of the pomegranate tree, secrets will be spoken, fears and hopes shared. But life's lessons are not learnt easily.
'A rich and heady story, redolent of fine Italian cooking and Mediterranean sunshine' EVENING TELEGRAPH
Nicky Pellegrino's Italian father came to England after he fell in love with and married a Liverpool girl. He brought to his new family his passion for food and instilled in them what all Italians know - that you live to eat instead of eating to live. This Italian mantra is the inspiration behind Nicky's delicious novels. Every summer the family left their home in Merseyside and returned to her father's hometown, near Naples, in southern Italy. When Nicky met and married a New Zealander she moved to Auckland where she combines writing novels with her work as a freelance journalist. She and her husband regularly return to Italy to meet up with family, eat the best buffalo mozzarella and research her books.