• Patrizia Chen was born in Livorno, Italy. A multi-lingual world traveler she has lived in Egypt, Japan, Argentina and New York City, where she raised her now-grown children. Her first book, Rosemary and Bitter Oranges (Scribner 2003) was a New York Times Notable Book of 2003. For the past eight years Patrizia has been studying tango dancing and singing.
    It Takes Two (Scribner 2009) is her first novel, based in Buenos Aires. Currently she’s working on a new book while continuing to write her successful blog for The Huffington Post.

     
  • Patrizia Chen was born in Livorno, Italy. A multi-lingual world traveler she has lived in Egypt, Japan, Argentina and New York City, where she raised her now-grown children. Her first book, Rosemary and Bitter Oranges (Scribner 2003) was a New York Times Notable Book of 2003. For the past eight years Patrizia has been studying tango dancing and singing.
    It Takes Two (Scribner 2009) is her first novel, based in Buenos Aires. Currently she’s working on a new book while continuing to write her successful blog for The Huffington Post.

     

I havent’t had so much fun (or such very good weeps) with a novel in years. Patrizia Chen has a wicked original voice, and with it she dances you through a tango of love and sex to tell a story that is at the same time steamy, smart, tender, trenchant, and super-cool – not to mention as full of life and risk as it is wise. Remember Freud’s old question: What do women want? If you still don’t know, you’ll find the answer in IT TAKES TWO.–Jane Kramer, author of Lone Patriot

In Rosemary and Bitter Oranges, Patrizia Chen makes us a gift of her Mediterranean upbringing. Such is the power of her conjurings in this memoir-cookbook that readers of whatever nationality will be transformed into naturalized citizens of the Tuscan table. A stirring performance in every sense.–Michael and Ariane Batterberry, founders of Food Arts and Food & Wine

What a wonderful and beautifully written book is Patrizia Chen’s Rosemary and Bitter Oranges! The vignettes she paints are so vivid and true they remind me of many similar experiences in my childhood. Her description of Emilia’s negotiating skills at Livorno’s food market is just perfect. This is a book I will treasure.–Giuliano Hazan, author of Every Night Italian

The world according to tango — where miracles occur and where dance, music, and sultry nights in Argentina lead us through a maze of pleasure that turn into obsessions. At First a visit, then an escapade, then a journey into those shut out places most of us have no names for, and finally a coming home. Patrizia Chen depicts a world that everyone’s body, heart and mind have longed for. Some of us see it from across the bank, others are bold enough to buy roundtrip ticktets there, and some, having crossed the bridge, burn the bridge.–André Aciman, author of Call Me By Your Name