I love a good memoir, and I Loved, I Lost, I Made Spaghetti is that with a bunch of recipes thrown in. Giulia Melucci's book is a tribute of sorts to her many boyfriends and how food has played such a vital role in her relationships with men. An Italian American, Melucci grew up in a house where her mother was an excellent cook and enjoyed preparing pasta, meatballs, and other traditional Italian dishes for her family. As an adult Melucci also enjoys cooking and often finds herself cooking for her boyfriends. She began writing this book after her breakup with Lachlan, although she states in a video interview on Amazon, there have been other disappointments since him. When she initially began this book she wasn't really sure where it was going, but as she started writing about Lachlan, other boyfriends started entering the picture as backstory, and Melucci realized that the one thing they had in common was the fact that food played such an important role.
I loved looking at the recipes, some of which I could attempt with success, and others I fear I could never find the ingredients for in small town Iowa. I would also love to find out what happens after Lachlan is out of the picture. I know from interviews I have read about Melucci, that she is still single. But, has she found someone else to love? Is food still such an integral part of her relationships? This was an entertaining and fun memoir to read, and perhaps a bit different than others with all the recipes thrown in. I have a few other memoirs waiting for me that are about cooking and feature recipes as well that I am now looking forward to reading.
To find out more about Melucci and her book, go to her website.