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Not just another romance, but a story of escapism, coincidences, friendship, luck and most of all... love.Chickens Eat Pasta is the tale of how a young Englishwoman starts a new life after watching a video showing a chicken eating spaghetti in a mediaeval hill village in central Italy. “Here I was, 26 years old, alone and numb with boredom at the prospect of a future whichNot just another romance, but a story of escapism, coincidences, friendship, luck and most of all... love.Chickens Eat Pasta is the tale of how a young Englishwoman starts a new life after watching a video showing a chicken eating spaghetti in a mediaeval hill village in central Italy. “Here I was, 26 years old, alone and numb with boredom at the prospect of a future which until recently had seemed to be just what I wanted.”Unlike some recent bestsellers, this is not simply an account of a foreigner’s move to Italy, but a love story written from the unusual perspective of both within and outside of the story. As events unfold, the strong storyline carries with it a rich portrayal of Italian life from the inside, with a supporting cast of memorable characters. Along the way, the book explores and captures the warmth and colour of Italy, as well as some of the cultural differences – between England and Italy, but also between regional Italian lifestyles and behaviour. It is a story with a happy ending. The author and her husband are still married, with three children, who love the old house on the hill (now much restored) almost as much as she does. Chickens Eat Pasta is Clare’s autobiography, and ultimately a love story – with the house itself and with the man that Clare met there and went on to marry. If you yearn for a happy ending, you won’t be disappointed. It’s a story that proves anything is possible if you only try....

Title : Chickens Eat Pasta
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ISBN : 9781784623517
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Number of Pages : 224 Pages
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Chickens Eat Pasta Reviews

  • Italo Italophiles
    2020-01-14 05:56

    This memoirs describes an English woman's emigration to Umbria, Italy, in the 1980s. She purchases a ruin there, has it restored, becomes an active member of a small village, builds an ex-pat career in journalism, and falls in love with and marries an Italian. Intelligently, the author spoke Italian before emigrating, and she had a career that could move with her, with some effort: journalism.The book is very well-written, which is not surprising, since the author is a professional writer. I thought the playing around with the timeline unnecessary, though, which was likely done to create some suspense in the account. But when the book's description, and the author's biography tells the ending of the true story, the suspense is really non-existent no matter how the story is told.Her choice, that started as an adventure, quickly gets bogged down in the realities of life in impractical Italy, especially Italy in the '80s. It doesn't help that her ruin is in rural, poor, and I'm sorry to say, backward, isolated Umbria. Some of the lives she describes are painful to read about, because of the archaic nature of the values, economics and roles of women.There was one sour note in the book for me, too, when the crassness of professional journalists came through. The author states happily that she found financially lucrative the Achille Lauro hijacking, since the American Mr. Klinghoffer was murdered by the hijackers making the American press eager to buy her stories about the hijackers.The author does explain why there are so many abandoned rural properties in Italy:"Most Italians these days want something modern and clean...and they think these old places are a sign of poverty."And she shares what everyone who attempts to live in Italy for any length of time discovers:"How complicated life was in this country, where there seemed to be rules at every turn just waiting to trip you up. No wonder it was so important to have friends in the right places."Actually, the book is about many of those friends of the author. We learn that they smoothed her path in Italy quite a bit in the beginning. We also learn much about their characters, dramas, and private lives.That leads to the main thing I missed in the book, a Preface that might have explained that names had been changed to respect the privacy of the many people in the book, whose private moments are repeated for the entire world as entertainment.I've since learned that the name of the village was changed, so I'm hoping the names of people were changed too, because the thought of that not being the case makes me cringe with discomfort for those described.It does seem odd, however, that the author bothered to change the name of the village when on the ad pages for her vacation apartments that she rents out in her Umbrian villa she mentions this book about the villa's purchase.Also missing is a mention of the years covered in the book, which by my estimate are roughly the 1980s. I lived in Italy during the same period, and spent some of that time in Umbria, so I know that what the author describes is very accurate. Her memoirs act as a time-capsule of that era.The last thing I missed was an explanation of how, after thirty plus years, the author could honestly include so many minute details in her memoirs, such as dining menus and people's outfits and their precise words from conversations. Perhaps she kept a journal? Perhaps it was fictionalized? I don't know, because we're never told how the book came to exist, and to exist in such implausible detail.I don't wish this review to come over as negative, because the book was well-written, and it describes an era in Italy and Umbria that has most likely come to an end. The Internet age, and an invasion of Italy by retirees, ex-pats and tourists has quite likely brought and end to the isolation described in rural Italy. The book immerses the reader in the era and the story, peppering it with local characters and vignettes about their lives. The account of her mixed culture relationship with a Neapolitan is also very realistic, and would be an excellent warning to those women who dream of running off to Italy to marry an Italian.Relationships are difficult enough without throwing into the mix all the little misunderstandings that come about from cultural differences, and all the major roadblocks that come from interventions by families and friends who think they know best. It takes wisdom, patience and understanding on top of a strong love, to make those relationships work. Please visit my full and illustrated review at Italophile Book Reviews.http://italophilebookreviews.blogspot...

  • June Finnigan
    2020-01-12 22:00

    A lovely Cumbrian storyI live in Tuscany, which is not far away and I can really relate to Clare's wonderful characters and she paints the scenes so well. The reader is taken on an emotional journey as our English heroine searches for a new happy lifestyle after she breaks up with her boyfriend, and just maybe a little romance.June Finnigan - Writer

  • Tripfiction
    2020-01-03 00:55

    Memoir set in Umbria (un etto* of Italy) Plus we talk to the author about life in Italy: “…such a spectacularly beautiful place, so close to Rome in some ways and yet so very different and completely unspoilt”On a whim, Clare Pedrick decides to decamp to Umbria, giving up life as she knows it in the South of England. Triggered by the end of a relationship, it is deemed a bit of a rash response to an emotional upheaval. But once Italy gets under your skin, it has you for keeps (or so it feels). It is also pretty horrible weather in November in England, another incentive to search for a property in the rugged hills above Terni.And so she finds her way to San Massano, where she buys a derelict property. Angela and Ercolino become her good supportive friends as she gradually brings her ruin back to life. Most are curious about the English woman, some try to take advantage in more ways than one, but her determination to settle into the community is admirable. As she finds her feet, she also finds work in Rome.At the same time a relationship starts to form, with a man from – of all places – Naples, not an ideal choice according the locals, as they are all mafia down there and he is more than likely to have another woman in tow. Despite this, and despite some doubts,the relationship feels strong enough to find a flat in Rome where they can both live.Throughout the book there are short chapters that indicate she will leave San Massano – we perhaps imaginemy house now bleak circumstances, or perhaps the ingrained “ways” and “traditions” of Italy become too much – but you will have to buy a copy of the book to see where life eventually takes her.For me this was much more than a memoir, I felt I was often there in the cold of her cottage, or heading down to Terni to catch the train, and eating the gloriously rendered food. There are many appetising dishes, always with incredibly fresh and aromatic ingredients that just waft off the pages.The origin of the title becomes apparent early in the book when Clare spots chickens eating, well, pasta!*un etto: equivalent to around 100gm in weight, a term commonly used throughout Italy

  • S.J. Francis
    2020-01-09 03:00

    First off, it was the book title that caught my eye: Chickens Eat Pasta made me chuckle.. What a clever and humorous title. Inventive too. Then how the author, Clare Pedrick became interested in moving to Italy intrigued me even further. Imagine being intrigued enough by seeing a chicken eat pasta to make a move to a new place, another country. It’s exactly what this young British woman, the author did. She uprooted herself to start a new life after watching a video showing a chicken eating spaghetti in a mediaeval hill village in central Italy. That in itself interested this life-long traveler. I knew it was a memoir and despite memoirs not really being my thing, I had to read this one. Fortunately, I enjoyed Chickens Eat Pasta beyond the title. Why? For one thing, Chickens Eat Past was cleverly written. It probably helped that the author is a journalist. And no, it isn’t a story about chickens eating pasta. No, it isn’t a cookbook either. The story begins with the author enduring another rainy, soggy day in England, and ends with her maiden Aunt Vi asking her the logical question, “How can you buy a house just because you’ve watched a video?” Good question, which this book does a great job in answering. Fortunately, the author studied Italian at Cambridge University before becoming a reporter. The funny thing about this book is that the author moved to a town that she had no idea where it was.Chickens Eat Pasta by Clare Pedrick is a romance story, an interesting and satisfying read, but instead of the typical romance between two people, it was about her romance with an old house and the warmth and colors of Italy, specifically in the beautiful town of Umbria. Having been to Italy myself a few times, I can relate. Chickens Eat Pasta by Clare Pedrick is a great tale. I’d personally label it autobiography, memoir, and travel journal. I really enjoyed this book and have no hesitation in recommending it to others. If you enjoy traveling, especially from the safety and comfort of your favorite arm chair, may I suggest you take a look at Chickens Eat Pasta? Disclaimer: I received an ARC in exchange for a fair and honest review.

  • Sandra Foy
    2019-12-24 05:51

    Clare Pedrick, sees an advertisement for property in Umbria, Italy. She is 26 years old, just out of a seven year relationship and bored with her life. Acting impulsively she flies out to Italy and is shown a ruin of a house which she buys there and then.What follows is her journey to a new and hopefully better life. Revolving around the little village of San Massano and the renovation of her house, we are transported to this rural delight, where the characters are larger-than-life, the scenery stunning and the food mouthwatering.I loved the characters in this book, especially Ercolino who is married to an Englishwoman, Angela. He takes it upon himself to be Clare’s father figure and his misuse of English colloquialisms is a constant source of amusement.Then there is Tito, the local shopkeeper, who is engaged in a long distance courtship of a lady called Clara: “I have my weekly phone call to Clara, and we’ve decided to talk for ten minutes this time, instead of the usual five. There’s so much to plan before we get married in October.”Food and wine are a huge part of Italian life and feature prominently in the book. The descriptions of the meals and the cooking are sumptuous. I will be using this book as a recipe book now that I have finished reading it.As Clare is busy fighting her battles with Italian bureaucracy and lecherous men, into her life walks Mario and so begins another chapter.This book is a wonderful read. The writing appears effortless, bringing to life the Italian countryside, and the bustling cities of Naples and Rome. If you have been before you are sure to recognise them, and if you haven’t you are sure to want to go.****1/2

  • Julie
    2020-01-05 22:15

    This is a thoroughly enchanting and easy read. I have lived the expat life and a few of the stories brought a smile to my face as they so accurately represent a culture so similar and yet so different. Although this change of life direction scenario has been done to death, this book brings a fresh take to it. It is not high fiction of any description, but is beautifully written and poignant. It is a perfect summer read, particularly if the summer weather has been indifferent as is has this year (2015)in the UK.

  • Heather Jones
    2020-01-09 04:08

    To start things off...I Loved This Book! Ok, now that I got that out of the way. Chickens Eat Pasta was absolutely delightful to read. It is the autobiography of Clare Pedrick. While positioned under Biographies/Memoirs and Travel, the reader will often have to remind themselves that they are not reading a fiction novel but rather the very intimate stories of a woman in transition of life. It flows very smoothly and to me, if felt like I was on vacation, exploring the Italian countryside.

  • Karen
    2020-01-14 23:06

    A very enjoyable read, review to follow

  • Chitra Iyer
    2020-01-11 23:11

    This book is an autobiography of the author, Clare Pedrick. Now, I don't usually read autobiographies; it is not my cup of tea but this one particularly interested me. The title is catchy enough but other than that, the mere mention of Italy, particularly the rural side, made me want to read it.Just out of a relationship, the author is looking for a change from her boring routine in England. She watches a chicken eating spaghetti on TV (hence the title) and when in the newspaper she finds Italian properties for sale, she decides to move to the village, Umbria, in Italy. She resigns her job and travels to Italy. She buys a ruin of a house there and goes on to develop it. The book talks about the challenges she faces as an outsider while renovating her house and how she deals with the rural Italian people. Although it takes time, she begins to adjust to the Italian customs and ends up making many new friends there, who help her in many ways. She also manages to get back to her journalism career. During her time there, she falls in love with an Italian and goes on to marry him, with whom she is now happily settled in Italy.For an autobiography, I didn't expect it to be this good. I had to remind myself that it was not a work of fiction! The story travels in various timelines but the writing is flowy and smooth, nevertheless. Italy comes alive, especially the rural part, which the author successfully paints in great detail for us. The green hills and scenic beauty is beautifully described in the book. The way of life of the rural Italians in the 80's is described well although I am not sure if it remains the same today.Overall, a well written book that transports you to Italy and surrounds you with the nitty gritties of the author's life back then. A nice, cozy read that I recommend.

  • Janni_B
    2019-12-22 23:01

    How I admire Clare the author of this autobiography.  This is the story of how, in her 20s, she started a new life in Italy after seeing an advertisement for property for sale in hidden Umbria and watching a video showing an old stone house and chickens eating spaghetti.With not much to look forward to in England, the miserable November weather, and a recent relationship break up, she arranged some time off her work as a journalist and travelled to Italy to view properties.Having been shown several properties by the Italian agent she fell in love with an old wreck of property with  holes in the roof, crumbling walls, no kitchen, no bathroom, and a stone well and arranged to buy it almost immediately.To me it seems much more than an autobiography.  It's a wonderful story and you are transported to the Italian countryside almost effortlessly.  Her writing style is warm, funny, and never dull.Her description of the places and the people she meets is wonderful.  You just feel as if you are there, or at least really want to go there to see these places and meet these people.Of course there is also the story of the ongoing work to the house and the problems it throws at her, some which appear to be insurmountable.There are also huge cultural differences not just between England and Italy, but also between different parts of Italy.  However she is helped to overcome most of them by Ercolino and Angela who were friends of the estate agent, and who became lifelong friends.It's Clare's love story - with the house she bought, with Italy and with the man she met and then married. So it's a happy ending.  Clare is still married, has three children and still lives in Italy.I do hope she has more stories to tell and that she will write a sequel!

  • Rachel Gilbey
    2019-12-30 22:16

    3.5 StarsIt was really the title that drew me into looking at this book. Being called Chickens Eat Pasta, I figured, well I loved eating chicken, and I love eating pasta, and them both combined is equally good, so pasta eating chickens would be amusing. Unfortunately apart from a small mention of these chickens that do eat pasta in Umbria in the opening chapter, we don't find out much else about these special chickens. In fact there was a lack of poultry in this book. However there was plenty of scrumptious sounding pasta dishes as well as all manner of other Italian cooking, which all sounded delicious. Having read this book the day before I'm flying to Venice, I really wanted to know a bit more about the Italian way of life, to get me in the mood, and this book certainly did that. This is the memoir of journalist Clare Pedrick, as she moves from England to a small village in Umbria. She is able to speak Italian thankfully and she soon starts to learn a lot more about the villagers. I found the first half of the book a bit slow, and hard to stay interested in, but then suddenly I think everything clicked into place for me, as the second half was a pleasure. I was loving finding out about the lives of the various villagers, and what they get up to. There are some real larger than life characters in the village. And then Clare meets a man, and from then, I was really wanting to know what was happening with the relationship, which was not without its difficulties. Chickens Eat Pasta is an amusing autobiography, featuring beautiful locations in Italy, and some very entertaining anecdotes. Thanks so much to Troubador Publishing and Netgalley for this review copy. This was my honest review.

  • Billy Buttons
    2019-12-22 22:18

    This book was entered in The Wishing Shelf Book Awards. This is what our readers thought:Title: Chickens Eat Pasta, Escape to UmbriaAuthor: Clare PedrickStar Rating: 5 StarsNumber of Readers: 27StatsEditing: 8/10Style: 9/10Content: 10/10Cover: 8/10Of the 27 readers:25 would read another book by this author.20 thought the cover was excellent.24 felt the pacing was excellent.18 felt the best part of the book was the writing style.9 felt the setting of Italy was the best part of the book.Readers’ Comments‘Firstly, excellent cover. Secondly, fab book. After reading it I wanted to book a flight to Italy and enjoy the wonderful food, wine and scenery.’ Female reader, aged 45‘Such a sweet love story and the setting is perfect. The author offers the reader a good balance of interesting characters and cultural setting. I loved the title and the cover too. It’s such a warm, fuzzy sort of story that I thoroughly enjoyed.’ Female reader, aged 39‘I read this over three nights with my husband snoring next to me. So I had a lot of sympathy for her! A very easy book to get lost in. The writing style is light, perfect for this genre. I was just saddened to see there’s no other books by her. Get writing!’ Female reader, aged 50‘Perfect for a cold night. Wrap up warm, open a bottle of wine and enjoy…’ Female reader, aged 51‘A wonderfully sweet love story written with a magical pen. A FINALIST and highly recommended.’ The Wishing Shelf Book Awards

  • Jane
    2020-01-13 03:17

    I was asked to review this book with such an unusual title by the author. Fans of Carol Drinkwater’s Olive series will really enjoy this novel set in Umbria.How many times do people just look at life and feel so bored and wish you could set up life somewhere else and this was exactly what the author did – 26 years old, her relationship of seven years falls apart, watches a video of chicken eating pasta and then flies to Italy where she buys a run down house and buys it – wow brave and at the same time my thoughts were life is too short so why not.This could easily have failed but thus begin a journey to this fascinating place, the renovation of her new house and most of all the wonderful characters in this book.The author has written a really beautiful book, a wonderful summer read on holiday.I do hope that the author will embark on another and make this a series certainly up there with Carol Drinkwater.

  • Pamela Scott
    2019-12-21 03:55

    I was given a copy by the author in exchange for an honest review.Chickens Eat Pasta is a delightful, charming book. I thoroughly enjoyed it. I’d secretly love to do what the author did and by a house in a foreign country and make a new life for myself. Isn’t that everyone’s secret dream? I loved reading about the Italy the author creates with her vivid, often humorous descriptions. I could picture everything so clearly in my mind I felt like I was living there, seeing, hearing, smelling, touching and tasting everything. The people the author meets are amazing, colourful and just a bit crazy (in the right way). I loved all the insights into life in rural Italy. I also liked the love story with Mario woven through the book. I’m not a huge fan of love stories if they’re cheesy and slushy but I enjoyed reading this one. It wasn’t over-the-top but sort of sweet and lovely like the rest of the book.

  • AnneMarie Brear
    2019-12-20 03:55

    In the vein of Under the Tuscan Sun, this autobiography drew my attention as I've always wanted to go to Italy, or France, buy a house and do it up and become part of a village life. Clare does this and I was excited to read her story.I did feel the first part of the story was a bit stilted and sometimes confusing with all the names and people. I would have liked to learn more about her doing up the house and her struggles to adapt, as it seems much of her life was helped by having money and good Italian friends - without that I doubt she would have found it so easy. At times the story concentrated more on what she was eating and what other people were doing than her own story. Some elements were glossed over too readily.However, it was an interesting read, and I'm glad it all worked out for her in the end.

  • Pat Ellis
    2020-01-20 01:14

    Loved it. Ok I admit it - the cover of this Memoir sold it to me - I had to read it… and it didn't disappoint. ….. Italy and breath!!... a run-down house in a small village - sounds just idylic to me. The author didn't have her eye on a new relationship but she definitely wanted a challenge & a change after the last few years. ..... It's not easy fitting-into new surroundings - let alone in a different country and in a small-ish village - but the Author did and the friends she makes come to love her and her 'english' ways - very funny. There's romance too - it's a good book and I won't give too much away...

  • L.H. Williams
    2020-01-10 23:14

    I loved Clare Pedrick’s story about moving to Italy in the eighties. I was an expat myself in the seventies when I moved to Latin America and became a journalist, so I can appreciate many of her experiences, which were similar to my own. She writes beautifully and it’s easy to lose yourself in her journey as she deals with the bureaucracy of living in a foreign country, buying and renovating a beautiful old house, making friends, and finally – finding love. This is a sweet story that will stay with me for a long time. Thanks, Clare. I feel like I know you.

  • Michelle
    2019-12-28 03:18

    I will be writing a review for the National Italian American Foundation magazine, Ambassador, but wanted to give this one five stars here as well -- Italophiles especially will love this recounting of Pedrick's first year in a small village in Umbria.

  • Susan
    2019-12-20 02:48

    Escaping in my dreamsWell written, with delightful descriptions of the people, the country side and the way of life. Just the right amount of romance.

  • Melanie
    2019-12-22 22:05

    Enjoyable story. Will probably get unfavorable reviews when compared to Under the Tuscan Sun. But still a worthwhile read.