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I think the author thought that the addition of recipes would lift the book to literary heights. Although she lived through the war in Italy she had a relatively comfortable life with not as many hardships as most of the rest of Europe. It didn't inspire much admiration. The book was saved for me by the wonderful narration. I remember Rula doing the Alberto V.O 5 ads in the 1980s. My kids and I loved her voice.The weekend I finished it I was at my local Farmer's Market and found fresh nettles. I made the risotto. It was lovely.
What did you love best about Risotto with Nettles?
A very fine memoir about one of the most important Italian food writers. Perfect balance of life stories, food stories and recipes.
What other book might you compare Risotto with Nettles to and why?
If you liked My Life in France by Julia Child you may enjoy this book very much.
Which character – as performed by Rula Lenska – was your favorite?
The reader was excellent. I had to remind myself time and again that it was not Ms. del Conte reading the book.
Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?
Not a funny book but it clearly has sense of humor. Ms. del Conte recounts a joke about a Genovese widow that made me laugh out loud.
I choose this book on a compete whim. I didn't know who Anna was at all. Such a wonderful memoir full of fascinating observances and recipes . It's is beautifully written, perfectly read and captivating. Looking forward to trying her recipes
I was emersed into Anna's world from the start to the finish. Beautiful book...I just didn't want it to end.