Saturday, March 21, 2009

Additional Memoir Giveaway: I Loved, I Lost, I Made Spaghetti

From failure to fusilli, this deliciously hilarious read tells the story of Giulia Melucci's fizzled romances and the mouth-watering recipes she used to seduce her men, smooth over the lumps, and console herself when the relationships flamed out.

From an affectionate alcoholic, to the classic New York City commitment-phobe, to a hipster aged past his sell date, and not one, but two novelists with Peter Pan complexes, Giulia has cooked for them all. She suffers each disappointment with resolute cheer (after a few tears) and a bowl of pastina (recipe included) and has lived to tell the tale so that other women may go out, hopefully with greater success, and if that's not possible, at least have something good to eat.

Peppered throughout Giulia's delightful and often poignant remembrances are fond recollections of her mother's cooking, the recipes she learned from her, and many she invented on her own inspired by the men in her life. Readers will howl at Giulia's boyfriend-littered past and swoon over her irresistible culinary creations.

I can't wait to read this book. I have to make my husband the pastina, he remembers his Mimi making it for him when he was a little boy!

If this sounds like a book you need, just leave a comment here telling me what your favorite dish is when you want to have a romantic dinner. Three extra entries for anyone who becomes a follower (or follows already), tweets the giveaway on twitter, or blogs about it. Please leave a separate comment if you do. Five winners will be chosen at random and must have a US or Canada mailing address (no PO Boxes). Enter until midnight eastern on April 4. Good luck!

46 comments:

nfmgirl said...

The first romantic dinner I made for my boyfriend was Butterflied Game Hens. Nowadays, I generally do grilled rib eyes with roasted garlic asparagus.

bermudaonion said...

I think it's romantic when my husband makes chicken cordon bleu for me. milou2ster(at)gmail.com

MJ said...

Beef tenderloin inwith a yummy wine sauce But I love it when makes me truffles!! All that mess truly shows me his love!! LOL

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MJ said...

I follow

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MJ said...

I tweeted! http://twitter.com/sumrthyme/status/1366039027

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bridget3420 said...

I'm all about some Alfredo!!

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bridget3420 said...

I'm already a follower.

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Stacie said...

Steak and salad!

Gwendolyn B. said...

I think French bread and chocolate with champagne is as romantic as it gets! Thanks for the chance to win a copy of this book -- it sounds like fun!
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Gwendolyn B. said...

I'm already a Follower!
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Gwendolyn B. said...

Here's my Tweet: http://twitter.com/ASeaOfBooks/status/1366222396
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Marie said...

my favorite dish for a romantic dinner is chicken parmesan :-) bibliophile at bostonbibiophile dot com. :-)

Janel said...

Grilled steaks with roasted potatoes and brownies for dessert! Perfect for date night.

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Janel said...

I am already a subscriber : )

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Debs Desk said...

Please include me in your giveaway. My favorite dish is steak and bakes potato
Thanks
Debbie
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Debs Desk said...

Please include me in your giveaway. I am a follower.
Thanks
Debbie
Debdesk9@verizon.net

Kaye said...

Baked scalloped and delmonico potatoes with oven roasted asparagus. Ummm hmmmm!

Marie said...

A nice thick juicy steak. Wine helps, too.

This book sounds really good. Please enter me. Thanks.

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Marie said...

I follow your blog via Blogger's follow function. Please enter me.

Thanks.

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Teddy Rose said...

No need to enter me Carey. I blogged about it here:

http://teddyrose.blogspot.com/2009/03/this-weeks-giveaways-galore_20.html

NotNessie said...

I'm so excited about this book. Please include me in the giveaway!

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Katy Lin :) said...

the most romantic meal i ever ate was the night that hubby & i got engaged. I had a delicious salmon filet & austin had the new york strip :) katylinvw(at)yahoo(dot)com

LuAnn said...

I'm now a follower!!

traveler said...

Thanks for this delightful giveaway which sounds so unique and appealing. A meal that would be suitable is asparagus with grilled shrimp.
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Amber said...

This sounds like a really fun read. Please enter me!

Thanks for the giveaway :)
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ellie said...

This book resounds with me since food is what revolves around our family. Especially so, Italian meals which my mom and Nana create. My favorite meal is sea bass with grilled veggies
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AmandaSue said...

I love chicken alfredo with veggies in it. Thanks for entering me for this book.

The Giveaway Diva said...

raw oysters with different sauces on them
and i love spagetti and we do the same thing as in the lady and the tramp =)

scottsgal said...

Favorite romantic dish is lobster - luv it!
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annie said...

Brushetta, vegetarian meatloaf, and tiramisu. I am captivated with your choice of giveaway. Just perfect. saubleb(at)gmail(dot)com

Marie said...

I love a romantic dinner with my husband which usually means his famous pasta with artichokes and mushrooms and my white chocolate mousse torte!

vmlay@artsci.wustl.edu

Karen in TN said...

Steak and Baked Potato.

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Karen in TN said...

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olympianlady said...

My favorite dish for a romantic dinner is spaghetti. Please add me to the drawing. Thanks!

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Annie said...

mmmm Grilled prawns (huge ones), salmon, asparagus with a bit of bernaise, grilled tomatoes, mushroom risotto with some lovely rustic bread with whipped butter!


Thanks


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Annie said...

I follow your blog!


Thanks


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Annie said...

I tweeted

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Thanks

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Cheryl S. said...

I think our favorite romantic meal is filet mignon with mushrooms sauteed in wine, baked potato & asparagus drizzled with olive oil.

Please count me in - Thanks!
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JaniceH said...

Grilled baby lamb chops, salad, and Italian bread.

Thanks!
jlhal@verizon.net

JaniceH said...

I follow!

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Zibilee said...

My most romantic dinner would be grilled salmon, new potatoes and broccoli with cheese sauce. Please enter me in the contest, I love foodie books!

Zibilee said...

I follow this blog as well

petite said...

This book is a winner. It is delectable for the story and the recipes. My ideal dinner is stir fry and a cheesecake dessert.

Paula said...

Favorite meal would be shrimp scampi with crusty french bread and a nice pinot noir!
I am a follower and thanks for having the contest.

principessa said...

Crusty Italian Bread dipped in olive oil, eggplant parmesan, and grilled zucchini with tomatoes.
thanks for this lovely giveaway.
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bermudaonion said...

My book came today - thanks so much for the giveaway!

Thank you!!

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