Only in Naples
Lessons in Food and Famiglia from My Italian Mother-in-Law
By Katherine Wilson
A spellbinding journey into the heart of Neapolitan life.
A Radio 4 Book of the Week
'See Naples and die', said Goethe. But Katherine Wilson saw Naples and started to live.
Katherine is fresh out of college when she arrives in Naples to intern at the US Consulate. There she meets handsome, studious Salvatore, and finds herself enveloped by his family - in particular by his elegant mother, Raffaella, who begins her real education: never eat the crust of a pizza first, always stand up and fight for yourself and your loved ones, and remember that mealtimes are sacred.
Immersed in Neapolitan culture, tradition and cooking, slowly and unexpectedly falling for Salvatore, and basking in Raffaella's company and guidance, Katherine discovers how to prepare meals that sing, from rich ragù to pasta al forno, with bacon, béchamel and four kinds of cheese. Through courtship, culture clashes, Sunday Mass, marriage and motherhood, Katherine slowly comes to appreciate carnale, the quintessentially Neapolitan sense of comfort and confidence in one's own skin.
Steeped in sunlight, wine and unforgettable food, Only in Naples is a love letter to a city and a family, a coming-of-age story, and a transporting account of learning to live the Italian way.
'Katherine Wilson gives us more than the fabulous food of Naples. She offers us a passport to an exotic country we would never be able to enter on our own.' Ruth Reichl, author of My Kitchen Year
Katherine Wilson was raised in Washington, D.C., and educated at the Sidwell Friends School and Princeton University. For the past nineteen years she has worked in theatre, television and film as well as freelance translating in Italy. She lives in Rome with her husband and two children.
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19 Apr 2016
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A glorious memoir celebrating the holy trinity of Italian life: love, food and family. Her keen eye and sense of humor takes you through the winding streets of Naples at a clip, on a ride you hope will never end. If you love Italy, or the idea of it, you will love this book. And, if you ever plan to visit Naples, tuck this in your suitcase, it's the best primer I've ever read as a guide to this bustling, vibrant southern Italian port city — Adriana Trigiani, New York Times bestselling author of The Shoemaker's Wife
Deliciously entertaining — Sunday Mirror
You won't be able to put down this book that's chock block full of titbits from Neapolitan culture, tradition and cuisine.Read if you enjoyed: Eat, Pray, Love by Elizabeth Gilbert — Hello
This warm, witty biography made me yearn for (and eat) quite a lot of pasta — Red