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"Rosemary and Bitter Oranges is the most delicious, soul-satisfying meal I've had in a very long time. It is to Italian food what the madeleine was to Proust."

Christopher Buckley, author of No Way To Treat A First Lady


“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 naturalised citizens of the Tuscan table. A stirring performance in every sense."
Michael and Ariane Batterberry, founders of Food Arts and Food & Wine

“Chen’s debut novel, between the sensuous descriptions of Buenos Aires and the tango is seductive and emotional.”



"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 

"Patrizia Chen does the impossible. She makes you experience her childhood. I loved Rosemary and Bitter Oranges. It's as fresh as zabaione."
Patricia Volk, author of Stuffed

"With grace, charm and wit, Patrizia Chen takes readers to an Italy that no longer exists, an Italy you can taste through Chen's masterful rendering inRosemary and Bitter Oranges."
Mauro Maccioni, co-owner of Osteria del Circo and Le Cirque


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