Chickens eat Pasta

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.”

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.
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Review Chickens eat Pasta by Fany Van Hemelen:
Escape to Umbria

Chickens Eat Pasta is a delightful memoir about a brave woman. When her long-term relationship has ended she is watching, on a rainy day, a video about a chicken who eats spaghetti and she is immediately in love.

When she decides to buy an old ruin at Umbria in Italy her life starts over. Her family thinks she is ill but she is moving and going to restorate the beautiful place. In the little village she makes new lovely friends and finally she meets her soulmate. This is a well-written story of true events with details of the culture and wonderful characters. I can’t wait to read more about her life now in Italy.




Clare Pedrick

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.

You can follow Clare on her Facebook Book Page, her own Facebook page and on Twitter.
Read her blog about life in Umbria here.



Titel: Chickens eat Pasta | Auteur: Clare Pedricks | Uitgeverij: Troubador Publishing | Categorie: Romans | Uitvoering: paperback of E-book | 224 pagina’s | ISBN13: 9781784623517 | Recensent: Fany van Hemelen | Datum recensie: 10-04-2019 | Prijs: €11,99 | Bestellen