Book Review: Chickens Eat Pasta by Clare Pedrick @rararesources

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Not just another romance, but a story of escapism, coincidences, friendship, luck and Chickens Eat Pastamost of all… love.

Chickens Eat Pasta is the tale of how a young Englishwoman starts a new life after watching a video showing a chicken eating spaghetti in a medieval hill village in central Italy.

“Here I was, 26 years old, alone and numb with boredom at the prospect of a future which until recently had seemed to be just what I wanted.”

Unlike some recent bestsellers, this is not simply an account of a foreigner’s move to Italy, but a love story written from the unusual perspective of both within and outside of the story. As events unfold, the strong storyline carries with it a rich portrayal of Italian life from the inside, with a supporting cast of memorable characters. Along the way, the book explores and captures the warmth and colour of Italy, as well as some of the cultural differences – between England and Italy, but also between regional Italian lifestyles and behavior. It is a story with a happy ending. The author and her husband are still married, with three children, who love the old house on the hill (now much restored) almost as much as she does.

Chickens Eat Pasta is Clare’s autobiography, and ultimately a love story – with the house itself and with the man that Clare met there and went on to marry. If you yearn for a happy ending, you won’t be disappointed. It’s a story that proves anything is possible if you only try.

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Thank you to the author and Rachel’s Random Resources for providing me with a free copy in exchange for an honest review

I have to say I’m usually pretty bad when it comes to immediately picking books because of their cover, for this book though I knew I wanted to read this book due to the title! (Not to say I wouldn’t have picked because of the cover, I really love the imagery of the house!) Then I realized it’s a memoir about moving to Italy and I immediately canceled all plans for the evening.

This is a great memoir of making the huge change to moving out from everything you know and starting afresh, we follow Clare as she moves to Umbria, buying a fixer-upper of a house and starting her life. I absolutely adored the descriptions of not only Italy itself but of all the incredibly mouthwatering food. It also gave a great depiction of the culture of Italy and meeting all of the characters was a delight. It did get off to a bit of a slowish start but things really picked up and I completely lost myself in the story.

A really great four star read!

Rating: 4/5

Would I read again: Yes

Would I Recommend: Yes

Would I read another book from this author: Yes

About the Author

Clare Pedrick is a British journalist who studied Italian at Cambridge University before becoming a reporter. She went on to work as the Rome correspondent for the Washington Post and as European Editor of an international features agency. She still lives in Italy with her husband, whom she met in the village where she bought her house.

You can follow Clare on her Facebook Book Page, her own Facebook page and on Twitter.

Read her blog about life in Umbria here

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