Book review: Cucina Tipica by Andrew Cotto

I am so excited to be sharing this book with you today. For Italian lovers, adventurers and for bookworms alike, this amazing book by Andrew Cotto is a must!!!


Cucina Tipica: An Italian Adventure is the story of Jacoby Pines, a disheartened American who arrives in Italy on holiday, and decides he never wants to leave. What follows is a wine-soaked, food-filled, travel-laden adventure about one man’s quest for an antiquated existence in the modern world.

My Review

I don't even know where to start. For some reason it's difficult for me to put into words how I felt about this book because honestly my biggest takeaway from it is that I truly felt it. I hope that makes sense? The whole essence, the whole vibe and the whole story was magic and connected with me on one of those levels where I felt pure enjoyment reading 'Cucina Tipica' and resonated with so many of the incredible moments throughout. 

First off, Jacoby!!! I thought he was such an interesting, cool and relateable character. I adored his passion for Italy and his love for the simple life. I smiled so big when he talked of the Italian people and the Italian food and his desires for the future. I wanted very much to be him. He just had this pureness about him, in that I liked that he didn't care much for material things or money and that he took pleasure in a homemade slice of bread and glass of Italian wine. There was this endearing side to him also; in his times of feeling lost. I think we all go through those phases in life where we're not quite sure what we are doing or which direction we should take next, but in our hearts we have this dream and it becomes a matter of whether we take the leap to follow that dream and just go for it or not. I am happy that Jacoby went for it. 

The characters that Jacoby meets in Italy are delightful. There is such a wonderful mix of vibrant people filling the pages. Some will make you laugh out loud, others will maybe frustrate you and other's warm your heart. Italy holds many a heart warming people after all. I absolutely adored Bill and Helen was possibly my favourite! 

Furthermore, I thoroughly enjoyed the Italian that was littered throughout this book. It gave it a perfectly authentic feel and also had me writing things down, happy in the fact that I was getting to have Italian lessons while reading it. Jacoby trying to speak the language and build the confidence to do so made me happy and motivated me too. 

Honestly, I highly recommend this fantastic read. It's full of passion, heart and adventure that will make you want to book a trip to Italy and inspire you to go after that dream you've been harbouring and make it a reality. 

Get your copy of Cucina Tipica by Andrew Cotto, today!!! 

Buona Lettura!


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