August 09, 2004 12:00 PM

By Anthony Capella

NOVEL

First-time novelist Capella creates a charming romance in this modern take on Cyrano de Bergerac. Shy Bruno, a chef at a snooty Roman restaurant, has a crush on an American student, Laura. Ruthless roommate Tommaso decides to woo the girl by posing as a chef and having Bruno create seductive feasts. The fun begins when Chef Tommaso’s feats become the talk of Rome. Evoking the sights, smells and flavors of Italy in sensuous prose, this lively book also features recipes for readers eager to create (or just dream about) Bruno’s food of amore.

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