To celebrate the premiere of the Lifetime Original Movie- Adriana Trigiani's Very Valentine, (mark your calendar for this coming Saturday, June 8th at 8pm!),the novel has been reissued, containing recipes from the Roncalli family and a bonus chapter from Trigiani's Tony's Wife.
One of my favorite things about the books in the Valentine's series is the holiday family gathering scenes. In Very Valentine, the raucous Roncalli family celebrates their traditional Christmas Eve together, and it reminds me so much of my own family holiday celebrations, with all the laughter and craziness.
There are several recipes in the book that I'm going to try, including Carol d'Amico Vechiarelli's Pork and Onions, which will pair well with Angela Anness Tomasko's Sweet Potatoes with Truffles. Add Teodoro's Limocello during cocktail hour and we've got a fabulous Friday dinner.
I've always said that the Valentine series would make a great movie, as every sense is engaged as you read the books. You can smell and taste the food, and see the gorgeous wedding shoes that Valentine and her grandmother design. Trigiani also brings alive the sights and sounds of New York City and Italy. I'm going to Italy this summer, and I will be re-reading the Valentine series before I go. I can't wait to see Valentine and her story come alive on Lifetime this Saturday.
For more information on the movie, check out Adriana Trigiani's Facebook page.
This is my review of Very Valentine, the novel.