Katherine Wilson

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Only in Naples

book | Non-Fiction | Apr 2016
US → Random House (Ed. Andrea Walker)
UK → Virago Press

Arriving in Naples as a naive young intern at the American Consulate, Katherine is set up on a blind date—at least that’s what she’s expecting.

Instead, Salvatore brings her home to eat pizza with his family. But this is no ordinary pizza, and the woman who makes it is no ordinary woman. Katherine and Salve do end up dating—and marrying—but it’s Salvatore’s mother who truly initiates Katherine into Italian society, offering her a culinary and cultural education that marks the beginning of her womanhood.

Along the way, Katherine dabbles in dubbing porn, learns to cook an octopus, and fends off frisky Italian suitors. Most importantly, she acquires carnale, the quintessentially Neapolitan sense of living with comfort and confidence in one’s body.

Only in Naples recalls the rich and wry culinary writing of Laurie Colwin’s Home Cooking and the charmingly eccentric family portraits of Jenny Lawson’s Let’s Pretend This Never Happened.


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Czarna Owca

This thoroughly enjoyable, lighthearted love letter to Naples is a tribute to the author’s irrepressible mother-in-law, a larger-than-life figure who teaches Wilson (and us) not just how to cook a true Neapolitan lasagne complete with tiny meatballs, but how to approach life itself with gusto and a healthy appetite. Read this and you’ll find yourself pining for your very own sequined Italian mother-in-law.

Luisa Weiss, The Wednesday Chef

A delightful, insightful tale of being romanced by a vibrant city, a strong-willed mother and a sweet man—all at once. Katherine’s eye for detail and character bring the culture, the rhythm and the food of Naples to life. A must-read for anyone who loves Italian food, and isn’t that everyone?

Kathleen Flinn, author of The Sharper Your Knife, the Less You Cry

Only in Naples is a cozy, funny, heartfelt love letter to Katherine Wilson’s adopted city and beloved family-by-marriage, especially her mother-in-law, the gorgeous, indomitable Raffaella, whose cooking fills these pages with luscious ricotta and chewy octopus alike. Wilson's easygoing writing perfectly suits this tale of an innocent abroad, an American girl who discovers herself in the midst of a foreign culture that becomes, in the end, her own.

Kate Christensen, author of Blue Plate Special

In a world filled with food memoirs, this one stands out. Katherine Wilson gives us more than the fabulous food of Naples. She offers us a passport to an exotic country we would never be able to enter on our own.

Ruth Reichl, author of My Kitchen Year: 136 Recipes That Saved My Life

In her debut memoir, Only In Naples, Katherine Wilson manages to combine everything I love: food, family, and Italy, with heaping portions of heart and humor. How lucky we are to get these hysterical and wise perceptions filtered through a sincerely loving eye. You'll want to share this book with friends and family over a big bowl of rigatoni alla Genovese.

Julie Klam, New York Times bestselling author of Friendkeeping

Vivid, candid, and oftentimes hilariously honest

Becca Smith
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