Review: Bella Figura: How to Live, Love, and Eat the Italian Way by Kamin Mohammadi

Bella Figura: How to Live, Love, and Eat the Italian Way
by Kamin Mohammadi
Hardcover, 304 pages
Published May 8th 2018 by Appetite by Random House


One woman's story of finding beauty, and herself--and a practical guide to living a better life, the Italian way! 

Kamin Mohammadi, a magazine editor in London, should have been on top of the world. But after heartbreak and loneliness, the stress of her "dream life" was ruining her physical and mental health. Gifted a ticket to freedom--a redundancy package and the offer of a friend's apartment in Florence--Kamin took a giant leap. It did not take her long to notice how differently her new Italian neighbors approached life: enjoying themselves, taking their time to eat and drink, taking their lives at a deliberately slower pace. Filled with wonderful characters--from the local bartender/barista who becomes her love advisor, to the plumbers who fix her heating and teach her to make pasta al pomodoro--here is a mantra for savoring the beauty and color of every day that Italians have followed for generations, a guide to the slow life for busy people, a story of finding love (and self-love) in unlikely places, and an evocative account of a year living an Italian life.

My Thoughts

"The concept of Bella Figura is about making every aspect of your life as beautiful as it can be." This way of living includes everything from what we put in our bodies to how we dress to how we speak to ourselves and to others on a daily basis. And if you're not 'feeling it,' then you fake it 'til you make it. 

Kamin Mohammadi left her stressful job and retreated to Italy, There she planned to finally get her life back on track. She expected to find solace and re-evaluate her life, but what she didn't expect was to find a whole new way of life. Over the course of a year, Kamin discovered so much more than she expected.

Bella Figura has twelve chapters. Each chapter correlates to a month and a lesson she learned in that month. For example, chapter one is January, How To Slow Down. From that title you might think this is a how-to book, but it's not. It's more of a memoir that contains a tip or two that worked for Kamin. Kamin learns from her environment, her neighbors, her new friends that life can be beautiful at any age. 

And the best part is, you don't have to move halfway around the world to achieve this. Though, I wouldn't say no to a year in Italy. I really enjoyed reading this memoir. It's a gentle reminder that you need to be good to yourself in even the tiniest way. Also, each chapter contains a recipe, and I may have salivated a little too much while reading them.  Bella Figura is a great philosophy to add to your life. And let's face it, we all need a life detox every now and then.