Only in Naples

Only in Naples

Lessons in Food and Famiglia From My Italian Mother-in-law

Book - 2016
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"In the tradition of M.F.K. Fisher and Peter Mayle, this enchantingly warm and witty memoir follows American-born Katherine Wilson on her adventures abroad, where a three-month rite of passage in Naples turns into a permanent embrace of this boisterous city on the Mediterranean. It is all thanks to a surprising romance, a new passion for food, and a spirited woman who will become her mother-in-law--and teach her to laugh, to seize joy, and to love"-- Provided by publisher.
"When Katherine Wilson decides to do an internship abroad after graduating from college in 1996, she is warned by her family and friends against going to Naples. It is dirty and dangerous, she is told. 'The good guys and the bad guys all look alike;' 'You should really go to Tuscany, ' she is cautioned. But it is the chaos and vibrancy of Naples that intrigues Katherine. After taking an internship at the American Consulate she is set up on a blind date with a young man named Salva. She expects to be taken to dinner at a pizzeria, but instead is taken home to meet Salva's mother, Raffaella. This marks the start of Katherine's initiation into Italian society. She and Salva end up marrying, but it's Raffaella who gives Katherine the culinary and cultural education that marks the beginning of her womanhood"-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York : Random House, [2016]
Edition: First edition.
ISBN: 9780812998160
Branch Call Number: 945.7 WIL
Characteristics: viii, 287 pages ; 22 cm


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ArapahoeMarcia Oct 19, 2018

A lighthearted story full of Naples, romance, family, and Italian food.

Nov 04, 2017

I enjoyed this slice of Italian life- even though I wanted to hate the author for being so lucky to have the opportunities afforded by her trust fund and her wealthy American family. She does concede that her seemingly perfect life included as stint of self-loathing due to her weight issues and binge-eating.

Nov 14, 2016

I found this novel to be a romanticized and overly simplistic account of Neapolitan culture, lacking in depth and grounding. It actually infuriated me (which doesn't happen often for me with a novel; yes, my own Neapolitan heritage just might have influenced that opinion).

ChristchurchLib Jun 12, 2016

After graduating from college, well-to-do Katherine Wilson left Washington, D.C. and headed to Naples, Italy for an unpaid internship at the American Consul. Though Naples was considered "dirty and dangerous" by her friends and family, she discovered that people either loved or hated the city, and she loved it. Not only did she learn to eat better (she'd been a binge eater), but she was embraced by an Italian family and their chic, well-connected matriarch, Raffaella, who taught Wilson about Neapolitan culture and how to cook delicious local foods -- and eventually lessons about marriage and motherhood when Wilson married her son. This lighthearted, charming look at Italian life includes recipes.


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