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Cucina Tipica by Andrew Cotto SPRING GUIDE #3


Juicy Tales Book Reveiw’s By Jo Diaz of Gyserville, CA. • jo@diaz-communications.com


Wine & BEVERAGES


BOOK


REVIEW: How


Andrew Cotto unravels his Cucina Tipica novel is clev- erly maneu- vered. I just couldn’t put the


down much


book for


else,


until I got to “Te


End.” As I was


about to finish his book, my heart was pounding and so wanting an ending I could live with. Cucina Tipica is story about finding an identity, for someone disheartened, which dates back to our hero’s birth right. Jacoby Pine had an iso- lated youth, for reasons you’ll want to explore, and it’s doled out in measured increments. Life hasn’t been easy or en-


titled for Jacoby, and a trip to Italy soothes his soul in many ways. But does he have to re- turn to a life on the East Coast of the US, which was so unful- filling? Te anxiety had tears running down my cheeks,


while I feigned irritated eyes to my husband. Te one delight I have with any novel written, by someone who’s wine and region knowledgeable, is that I learn so much about our wine business and its cul ture in the process, almost as much as vis- iting a w i n e region. Te fact that this boo k w a s written where I had just traveled? It held me in spellbound sus- pense, right up to the time when I finally and reluctantly closed Cucina Tipica, having all of the answers. FAVORITE


CHARACTER:


Bill... As I was on the last page of


Cucina Tipica, my eyes swelled and a tear indiscriminately rolled down each cheek.


I


know, I know, it’s a girly thing. Still, it’s also a guy thing, if - in any way whatsoever - you (guy) can related to the main c h a rac - ter Jacoby P in es. And I k n o w there are plenty of guys who can re- late...


Last


O c to - ber, I had


the good fortune to accom- pany Michael Yurch, of Blu- est Sky Group, to visit two of his Italian clients, located on Central Italy’s peninsula (Castello di Meleto and Colo- narra Viticultori), as a guest


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Reading is a conversation. All books talk. But a good book listens as well. ~ Mark Haddon UPBEAT TIMES, INC. • MAY 2019 • Pg 21


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