Bella Figura

Bella Figura

How to Live, Love, and Eat the Italian Way

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"One woman's story of finding beauty, and herself--and a practical guide to living a better life, the Italian way! Kamin Mohammadi, a magazine editor in London, should have been on top of the world. But after heartbreak and loneliness, the stress of her "dream life" was ruining her physical and mental health. Gifted a ticket to freedom--a redundancy package and the offer of a friend's apartment in Florence--Kamin took a giant leap. It did not take her long to notice how differently her new Italian neighbors approached life: enjoying themselves, taking their time to eat and drink, taking their lives at a deliberately slower pace. Filled with wonderful characters--from the local bartender/barista who becomes her love adviser, to the plumbers who fix her heating and teach her to make pasta al pomodoro--here is a mantra for savoring the beauty and color of every day that Italians have followed for generations, a guide to the slow life for busy people, a story of finding love (and self-love) in unlikely places, and an evocative account of a year living an Italian life"-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: [Vancouver] : Appetite by Random House, [2018]
ISBN: 9780449016749
Characteristics: 284 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm

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uncommonreader
Aug 01, 2019

In some ways, this book is a charming exhortation to slow day, eat well and connect with other people. However, the largely uncriticised machismo Italian culture was too much.

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rsmunoz
Jul 22, 2019

This was so much more than a guide to eating a whole lot of fresh veggies! This author finds herself living a simple lifestyle in Italy after unplugging from the corporate grind of London. It's also a study on Love, Italian Style, complete with painful lessons and ultimately, finding the real deal, of which, I believe, most women can relate. Some things are just the same no matter where you go. Skip the tenth viewing of Under the Tuscan Sun. Bella Figura feels a lot more real. The simple recipes at the end of each chapter, the sprinkling of Italian phrases, and the vivid village-life descriptions are just a whole lot of fun. 4 stars.

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jya3
Feb 01, 2019

I thought this was a decent book that showed the transition from self absorption to other matters. In the interim good health and happiness achieved from eating local, fresh and walking everywhere. Not a bad prescription for what ails us all.

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