This book takes us with her on an adventure filled with education of the culture, traditions and food of the city that she fell in love with almost immediately. She meets the elegant Raffaella immediately and is quickly introduced to her son, Salvatore. Their first "date" started with his arriving a half hour late and ended up at his parents house (where he lived) for a dinner of pizza. The pizza was amazing, and her education began. Don't ever eat the crust of the pizza until you finish the rest of your piece.
We watch as Katherine's affection for Salvatore (with the wonderful laugh) and his family (especially Raffaella) grows, and I found myself regretting missing a European experience when I was young enough to embrace it fully. Her three month internship turned into a lifetime in Italy, and her experiences are shared in this book filled with warmth, love, fascinating people, and many amazing recipes. She eventually marries Salvatore and becomes a mother in Italy, having interesting jobs and experiences along the way.
This book is a terrific window into an experience that most of us have never had, and I am thrilled that Katherine shared it with us. I highly recommend Only in Naples: Lessons in Food and Famiglia from My Italian Mother-in-Law by Katherine Wilson.
Publisher - Random House
Date of Publication - April 19, 2016