Not at all what I expected. I found this book to be pointless. There was very little background for the main character, Rosa Fiore. Her relationship with her first love is minutely detailed, I could not sympathize with her when she lost him. The book mainly focused on her "relationship" with her lover. Which, I found to be empty and completely physical. I grew wearisome of her cooking for every little bump on the road she came across. The author should of left out the "storyline", and made this into a cookbook. This book was a fast, but numb read.
I completely agree with DAMARIS P. (Dama)'s review. The storyline is pointless and mostly discusses the physical relationship between the main character and her lover whose importance to other characters or other points of the books is never made. There is even mention that it will be explained later, but never is. A complete waste of time. This book gives the impression that it will be an Italian version of Like Water for Chocolate but really, is a poorly mimicked version that has minimal, if any, literary depth whatsoever.