Book Review | Hungry Woman in Paris by Josefina Lopez
Title: Hungry Woman in Paris
Format: TRADE PAPERBACK
Publish Date: 3/9/2009
From the Publisher:
A journalist and activist, Canela believes passion is essential to life; but lately passion seems to be in short supply. It has disappeared from her relationship with her fiance, who is more interested in controlling her than encouraging her. It’s absent from her work, where censorship and politics keep important stories from being published. And while her family is full of outspoken individuals, the only one Canela can truly call passionate is her cousin and best friend Luna, who just took her own life.
Canela can’t recover from Luna’s death. She is haunted by her ghost and feels acute pain for the dreams that went unrealized. Canela breaks off her engagement and uses her now un-necessary honeymoon ticket, to escape to Paris. Impulsively, she sublets a small apartment and enrolls at Le Coq Rouge, Paris’s most prestigious culinary institute.
Cooking school is a sensual and spiritual reawakening that brings back Canela’s hunger for life. With a series of new friends and lovers, she learns to once again savor the world around her. Finally able to cope with Luna’s death, Canela returns home to her family, and to the kind of life she thought she had lost forever.
This book took me longer to read than usual. It’s not that I hated the book, but more so that is didn’t really capture my attention. I think it was that I didn’t care for the main character. I just didn’t like her or feel sympathetic towards her situation. She was going through a confusing time in her life- like a quarter life crisis- and figuring things out. I found her to be a bit abrasive actually. I think our personalities would have clashed.
The author is very descriptive with the details of the cooking school which I found fascinating. I loved learning about what it would be like to be a student at a fancy culinary institute. I could actually visualize what was being prepared and I do speak some French so I understood when the author mixed in some French words.
Another area that the author is very graphic is the sex scenes. She describes it in detail and its pretty explicit in some spots. That kind of thing doesn’t bother me, but if you are easily offended, this may not be the book for you.
Overall, I liked this book and if you are interested in learning what it would be like to live in Paris or attend cooking school, then I would recommend it.
*I received a copy of this book to review but I was not financially compensated in any way. The opinions expressed are my own and are based on my observations while reading this book.*