Only in Naples: Lessons in Food and Famiglia from My Italian Mother-in-Law

Full of lighthearted humor, sumptuous food, the wisdom of an Italian mother in law, and all the atmosphere of Elena Ferrante s Neapolitan Novels, this warm and witty memoir follows American born Katherine Wilson on her adventures abroad Thanks to a surprising romance and a spirited woman who teaches her to laugh, to seize joy, and to love a three month rite of passage inFull of lighthearted humor, sumptuous food, the wisdom of an Italian mother in law, and all the atmosphere of Elena Ferrante s Neapolitan Novels, this warm and witty memoir follows American born Katherine Wilson on her adventures abroad Thanks to a surprising romance and a spirited woman who teaches her to laugh, to seize joy, and to love a three month rite of passage in Naples turns into a permanent embrace of this boisterous city on the Mediterranean.When I saw the sea at Gaeta, I knew that Naples was near and I was coming home There is a chaotic, vibrant energy about Naples that forces you to let go and give in, writes Katherine, who arrives in the city to intern at the United States Consulate One evening, she meets handsome, studious Salvatore and finds herself immediately enveloped by his elegant mother, Raffaella, and the rest of the Avallone family From that moment, Katherine s education begins Never eat the crust of a pizza first, always stand up and fight for yourself and your loved ones, and consider mealtimes sacred food must be prepared fresh and consumed in compagnia Immersed in Neapolitan culture, traditions, and cuisine, slowly and unexpectedly falling for Salvatore, and longing for Raffaella s company and guidance, Katherine discovers how to prepare meals that sing, from hearty, thick rag to comforting rigatoni alla Genovese to pasta al forno, a casserole chock full of bacon, b chamel, and no fewer than four kinds of cheeses The secret to succulent, tender octopus Beat it with a hammer While Katherine is used to large American kitchens with islands and barstools, she understands the beauty of small, tight Italian ones, where it s easy to offer a taste from a wooden spoon Through courtship, culture clashes, Sunday services, marriage, and motherhood in Naples, a pregnancy craving must always be satisfied , Katherine comes to appreciate carnale, the quintessentially Neapolitan sense of comfort and confidence in one s own skin Raffaella and her famiglia are also experts at sdrammatizzare, knowing how to suck the tragedy from something and spit it out with a great big smile Part travel tale, part love letter, Only in Naples is a sumptuous story that is a feast for the senses Goethe said, See Naples and die But Katherine Wilson saw Naples and started to live.Praise for Only in Naples In a world filled with food memoirs, this one stands out Katherine Wilson gives us 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 Warmhearted an exuberant account of love and great Italian food Kirkus Reviews starred review Sweet and humorous Publishers Weekly Wilson has written a glorious memoir celebrating the holy trinity of Italian life love, food, and family Her keen eye and sense of humor take you through the winding streets of Naples at a clip, on a ride you hope will never end Adriana Trigiani, author of The Shoemaker s Wife How lucky we are to get these hilarious and wise perceptions filtered through a sincerely loving eye.
Only in Naples Lessons in Food and Famiglia from My Italian Mother in Law Full of lighthearted humor sumptuous food the wisdom of an Italian mother in law and all the atmosphere of Elena Ferrante s Neapolitan Novels this warm and witty memoir follows American born Kathe

  • Title: Only in Naples: Lessons in Food and Famiglia from My Italian Mother-in-Law
  • Author: KatherineWilson
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  • Page: 170
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    1. I don't often read memoirs as many times it seems to me that they are just too self serving. So why did I read this one by a privileged woman who goes to Italy after college because spending time abroad was what her WASP family always did ? Mainly it was because my friend Sue gave it a wonderful review that piqued my interest. It also appealed to me because of my Italian heritage , the fact that my maternal grandparents were from a small town near Naples and because I thought I might be able to [...]

    2. It was hard for me not to like Only in Naples, but I don't expect it will be everyone's cup of tea and in some ways it was a bit puzzling. Only in Naples is a memoir written by Katherine Wilson, who grew up in the upper classes of Washington (she is a Wilson of the tennis ball Wilsons). She went to Naples after graduating from Princeton to do an unpaid internship at the American consulate, and never left. She met a boy, fell in love with him and his family, and enthusiastically immersed herself [...]

    3. Katherine Wilson, rich, WASP, overweight and over-sensitive, travels to Naples, Italy for a post-college internship and to Experience the World. She is quickly introduced to the Avallone family, which conveniently has a son Katherine's age. She and Salvatore get lined up, they go hang out with his family for the evening, and Katherine begins to learn how Italians (specifically the Napoli variety) think far differently than Americans, and yet how we're all alike in other ways.This was a pleasant [...]

    4. Katherine Wilson falls in love with Naples and you will too. For those currently craving a story steeped in light-hearted humor, romance and with calorie upon calorie described in its pages, "Only in Naples" is the book for you.We are intimately introduced to Katherine's journey of love and the acceptance by an Italian family in Naples that changed her life. This family offers her their hearts, love, tradition, and family life and consider her as one of their own.It is a signature piece that cel [...]

    5. BOTWbbc/programmes/b07dkk0cDescription: Katherine Wilson tells her story of travelling to Naples and discovering love, food and family in a uniquely Neapolitan way.Fresh out of college in 1996, Katherine arrives in Naples from America to intern at the United States Consulate. "There is a chaotic, vibrant energy about Naples that forces you to let go and give in," writes Katherine, who meets handsome, studious Salvatore and finds herself immediately enveloped by his elegant mother, Raffaella, and [...]

    6. This was a delightful story of a woman who moved to Naples to do an internship at the American consulate after college. She has a contact in Naples, calls them and their son arrives to pick her up for dinner. She falls in love with the son but really more with his mother, Raffaella. I think the love affair with her husband would never happen if she didn't love his mother so much. It talks about immersing herself in Italian culture and learning the language, In Naples it's not just the language b [...]

    7. I really wanted to like this one. From descriptions and title I thought this was going to be a bit more food related. Yes, there is food but not quite what I was expecting. This is really the memoir of Katherine Wilson. She comes from a very wealthy family and that came across in the first few pages of the book - that was my first uh oh. The book is about her internship at the U.S. Consulate in Naples, that she got through family connections. She tells the story of her time in Naples and how she [...]

    8. Advanced reading copy review Due to be published April 19,2016Although I found it very hard to identify with the author's background and almost unbelievable naivete, I found myself enjoying her tales of a self-imposed stranger in a strange land. Katherine Wilson comes from a monied family (Wilson sporting goods)and the American South. In her family it is traditional to spend a "semester" during/after college immersed in one foreign city's culture. She chose Naples. Almost immediately upon arrivi [...]

    9. A mixed reaction from me. I grew up and was very close friends with an Italian family who lived next door to me in Chicago, in fact my friend Vicki married my cousin. Anyway that is what attracted me to this memoir. Normally memoirs about privilege individuals are not my favorite thing, but I was curious and it sounded fun. Some it was, loved the cultural and cooking discussions or insights, but some areas I felt were undeveloped or lightly touched on and some comments I felt were in very poor t [...]

    10. From BBC Radio 4 - Book of the Week:Katherine Wilson tells her story of travelling to Naples and discovering love, food and family in a uniquely Neapolitan way.Fresh out of college in 1996, Katherine arrives in Naples from America to intern at the United States Consulate. "There is a chaotic, vibrant energy about Naples that forces you to let go and give in," writes Katherine, who meets handsome, studious Salvatore and finds herself immediately enveloped by his elegant mother, Raffaella, and the [...]

    11. Only in NaplesI got this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. I don't usually read memoirs, but I am so glad I read this one. Katherine Wilson travels to Naples Italy, for an internship at the American consulate. She soon meets the Avallone family, and Salvatore, their son. She spends a lot of time with the family and is quickly immersed in Neapolitan culture. She literally falls in love with Rafaella, Salvatore's mother even before she falls in love with Salvatore himself. The [...]

    12. This was a heartwarming story about Italian culture told mostly through food. There is a lot of love and kindness in this book. While reading it I kept wishing for recipes and at the end, there were recipes! Very similar to A Sweet Life in Paris by David Lebowitz, only a female perspective in Italy.

    13. Okay, I REALLY wanted to love this book, but the writer just turned me off from the get go. A spoiled, super rich, easily offended American woman goes to Naples and here I was hoping she would interact with the "real" Neopolitan families but she just hangs out out with a rich one. Due to her rich grandfather, head of the Wilson conglomerate, she has the privilege of traveling, interning at the American consulate for no pay and just having a good time with no money worries. Though I did like the [...]

    14. I enjoyed this delightfully charming book. I love Italy, food and family. Katherine Wilson made her story come to life and I felt like I was part of this wonderful loving family.

    15. I received an advance readers copy in exchange for my honest review. This review expresses only my own opinions and the opinions of my mother. Katherine Wilson leaves her comfortable life in Washington, DC for an internship in Italy. She is introduced to the Avalones , a well-to-do Neapolitan family who just so happen to have a son around her age. Katherine gets Salvatore to show her around and quickly becomes a part of the family, despite her inability to speak Italian (and his to speak English [...]

    16. Skip it. A memoir of a young woman who went to Italy, fell in love, married, and had children. I love travel books, living vicariously through the experiences of others trying new cultures. This book was an exception.In all honesty, I found it extremely difficult to like the author. An heir to the Wilson Sporting Goods company, she is a metaphor for spoiled, egotistical children. Some of her comments in the book may explain better. "The serene splendor of Tuscany would have been appropriate for [...]

    17. A lot of fun: just the kind of book I would want to write about my experience studying abroad in England and eventually settling over here. Of course, Wilson had it harder than me: she had to conduct her romance with Salvatore Avallone, relate to her future in-laws, and start a career all in a different language. But there were consolation prizes, chief among them the food. (Oh the Italian food, in all its mouth-watering detail! It brought back great memories of some of the splendid meals we had [...]

    18. Katherine Wilson, following her wealthy family's tradition, is assigned to a post-graduate internship in the U.S. Consulate in Naples (the Consul was a friend of her father's). The Avellone family, who is connected to the consulate, is designated to find her reasonable accommodation which, at first, is a temporary room in a Catholic boy's school. Their son Salvatore is chosen to show her around town. Even though he is the first guy she meets, she ends up living with him, his parents and his sibl [...]

    19. Wilson grew up in a prominent and somewhat cosmopolitan family but when she moved to Naples for an internship at the US Embassy, she found herself a drift. Even though she had a rudimentary knowledge of the Italian language, she was unprepared for the dialectical differences and the traditions and customs. These issues cause not a little humor (and a little heartache) for the young lady abroad.Miraculously she is "adopted" by a prominent Neapolitan family and she is mesmerized by their family li [...]

    20. This book is a rather rare case, when a view on another culture through personal experience reads well, entertains and conveys quite a lot of curious and useful information. The 'I's in it were just enough, pleasingly peppered with witty self-irony. Study of the new culture was with eyes wide open and non-judgemental, though a good measure of comparison and interpretation attempts was always there. All conclusions were verified with actual Neapolitans.Although the book addresses a number of epis [...]

    21. How does anticipation effect one’s ultimate rating of a book? I expected little from my last book, and I ended up having it wow me. I had very high hopes for this book, and I found myself just liking---not loving---it. It’s a tricky thing.Please don’t get me wrong, though; I did like it. I liked it a lot. It’s the story of an American girl who meets a boy and his family in Italy and falls in love---in love with both the boy and his family. It was fun to read about all the startling ways [...]

    22. An entertaining glimpse into another culture. Recipes are included which is fun and I enjoyed skimming, but I won't be trying any of them. The intensity of Napoli dedication to cooking is such that I admire (and would happily eat), but I don't have it in me to try and match. (The "rushed" ragu recipe in this book takes three hours instead of twelve.) It was especially interesting to read how varied the different parts of Italy are. Easy to forget Italy has only been a unified country for almost [...]

    23. Ugh. I did not like this book. My main problem is with the narrator - she is just so unlikeable. I don't need all female characters to be likeable - I know the tendency to want that is based in some conditioned gender stereotype bullsh*t. But unfortunately when your book is a memoir I don't think the book can actually work if your readers do not in some way sympathize with and root for the narrator. I don't know Wilson personally, obviously, but the version of herself that she presents in this b [...]

    24. Thank you to Random House for sending me this book. a 3.5 star read. A wonderful non-fiction tale of Katherine, an American young lady, working an internship in Naples, Italy. The entire book tells the story of meeting her future husband and the food that goes with the journey. I loved her story telling. It really brought Salvo's family to life and I could almost smell the food she described.

    25. 3.5 starsHolding this up to the level of M.F.K. Fisher (and maybe, Peter Mayle I can't say--read one so long ago I can't remember it) is waaaay over-praising this. Basically it's a series of raconteurly vignettes about a young woman's pleasant and eventually permanent stay in Naples. (view spoiler)[She meets a boy, falls in lust, then love with him and adores his mom, and likes rest of family. (hide spoiler)].This all feels very chatty, like you're at a dinner party with her listening while she [...]

    26. Three and one half stars. Adventures of a young woman who travels to Naples for an internship and falls in love with a young man and his culture. Katherine Wilson's account of her immersion into Italian food and familia. I spent twenty one years married to an Italian American and many of the foods and the cultural references brought nods of recognition and a few chuckles. Fun read and some delicious recipes shared at the end.

    27. A thoroughly enjoyable memoir documenting a young American's new life in Naples, Italy for a post college internship. She falls in love with a Neopolitan, his family, his city and his culture. Wilson's American perspective on modern Italian life brings a smile to my heart and her love for the Italian people, especially her future mother-in-law is contagious. Highly recommended! A solid 4 star read that might get upgraded after some thought.

    28. This is one of the best books I have read in a really long time. I adore my mother-in-law and have learned so much from her, much like Katherine. Being half Italian (and having family close to Naples) brought this book closer to my heart. It is a fun and fast read, I loved it so much!!!

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