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Tuesday, 15 March 2016

Chickens Eat Pasta by Clare Pedrick

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 which until recently had seemed to be just what I wanted.”

Title:      Chicken Eat Pasta
Author:  Clare Pedrick
Published By: Matador
Date:      23rd July 2015
Link:      UK: Amazon  US: Amazon

My Review

Just looking at the beautiful cover of this book conjures up lovely summer evenings in Umbria, Italy.
This book is based on the experiences of journalist Claire Pedrick as she makes a new life for herself in Italy at the tender age of 26.
After the loss of her mum she is left some money and decides to buy a run down house in Italy. When she arrives there she meets a whole host of lively and colourful characters including the lovely Ercolino who becomes a father figure in her life whether she likes it or not, he was really funny and I loved the way he often got his words all mixed up.
I loved the interesting descriptions of the house and the countryside and the authentic Italian dishes and I enjoyed reading about the trials and tribulations that Claire encountered when trying to make the house her own.
I would have liked to have seen a little more of the development of the relationship with Mario but overall I found this a very charming and enjoyable read and I really admire Claire for having the gumption to do it.
Thanks to Claire for sending me a copy in exchange for an honest review.

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About the Author

Clare Pedrick is a British journalist who studied Italian at Cambridge University before becoming a reporter. She went on to work as the Rome correspondent for the Washington Post and as European Editor of an international features agency. She still lives in Italy with her husband, whom she met in the village where she bought her house.


  1. I love the title, very quirky. The story sounds good, charming,funny and inspirational. Lovely review.