A Thousand Days in Tuscany

A Bittersweet Adventure

Author: Marlena de Blasi

Publisher: Algonquin Books

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Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 325

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American chef Marlena de Blasi and her Venetian husband, Fernando, married rather late in life. In search of the rhythms of country living, the couple moves to a barely renovated former stable in Tuscany with no phone, no central heating, and something resembling a playhouse kitchen. They dwell among two hundred villagers, ancient olive groves, and hot Etruscan springs. In this patch of earth where Tuscany, Umbria, and Lazio collide, there is much to feed de Blasi's two passions--food and love. We accompany the couple as they harvest grapes, gather chestnuts, forage for wild mushrooms, and climb trees in the cold of December to pick olives, one by one. Their routines are not that different from those of villagers centuries earlier. They are befriended by the mesmeric Barlozzo, a self-styled village chieftain. His fascinating stories lead de Blasi more deeply inside the soul of Tuscany. Together they visit sacred festivals and taste just-pressed olive oil, drizzled over roasted country bread, and squash blossoms, battered and deep-fried and sprayed with sea-salted water. In a cauldron set over a wood fire, they braise beans in red wine, and a stew of wild boar simmers overnight in the ashes of their hearth. Barlozzo shares his knowledge of Italian farming traditions, ancient health potions, and artisanal food makers, but he has secrets he doesn't share, and one of them concerns the beautiful Floriana, whose illness teaches Marlena that happiness is truly a choice. Like the pleasurable tastes and textures of a fine meal, A Thousand Days in Tuscany is as satisfying as it is enticing. The author's own recipes are included.

A Thousand Days in Tuscany : a Bittersweet Adventure

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On a forgotten patch of earth where Tuscany, Umbria and Lazio collide, Marlena de Blasi settles with her Venetian husband, Fernando, in search of a new life. The routines they establish are not that different from those of villagers centuries earlier. They wake at dawn to harvest grapes, gather chestnuts, forage for wild mushrooms. And they climb trees in the cold of December to pick olives. Yet it is the friendship of the mesmeric Barlozzo, a self-styled village chieftain of sorts, that leads them deep into the heart of Tuscany. Barlozzo shares his knowledge of Italian farming traditions, ancient health potions and artisanal food makers. This real-life memoir (plus recipes) is the sequel to the acclaimed A Thousand Days in Venice.

Dolce E Salata

A Bittersweet Adventure in Tuscany

Author: Marlena De Blasi

Publisher: Allen & Unwin

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Category: Cooking, Italian

Page: 325

View: 978

From the author of the bestselling A Thousand Days in Venice, these are the further adventures of Marlena and Fernando and their experiences as they move to a small village in Tuscany. Another delicious combination of authentic Italian life, food, recipes, love and memoir.

A Thousand Days in Venice

An Unexpected Romance

Author: Marlena de Blasi

Publisher: Algonquin Books

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Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 288

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Fernando first sees Marlena across the Piazza San Marco and falls in love from afar. When he sees her again in a Venice café a year later, he knows it is fate. He knows little English; she, a divorced American chef traveling through Italy, speaks only food-based Italian. Marlena thought she was done with romantic love, incapable of intimacy. Yet within months of their first meeting, she has quit her job, sold her house in St. Louis, kissed her two grown sons good-bye, and moved to Venice to marry “the stranger,” as she calls Fernando. This deliciously satisfying memoir is filled with the foods and flavors of Italy and peppered with culinary observations and recipes. But the main course here is an enchanting true story about a woman who falls in love with both a man and a city, and finally finds the home she didn’t even know she was missing.

Il Decameron

Author: Giovanni Boccaccio

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Page: 195

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Tuscany and Umbria: The Collected Traveler

Author: Barrie Kerper

Publisher: Vintage

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Category: Travel

Page: 640

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This unique guide to one of today’s hottest tourist destinations combines fascinating articles by a wide variety of writers, woven throughout with the editor’s own indispensable advice and opinions—providing in one package an unparalleled experience of an extraordinary place. This edition on Tuscany and Umbria features: ● Articles, interviews, recipes, and quotes from writers, visitors, residents, and experts on the region, including Frances Mayes, Mario Batali, Erica Jong, Barbara Ohrbach, Faith Willinger, and David Leavitt. ● In-depth pieces about Florence and the hill towns of Tuscany and Umbria that illuminate the simple pleasures of local cuisine, the dazzling art treasures of the Uffizi, the civilized wilderness of Tuscan back roads, the many varieties of olive oil, the endearing quirks of the Italian character, and much more. ● Enticing recommendations for further reading, including novels, histories, memoirs, coookbooks, and guidebooks. ● An A–Z Miscellany of concise and entertaining information on everything from biscotti to Super-Tuscan wine, from the history of the Medicis to traveling with children. ● Spotlights on unusual shops, restaurants, hotels, and experiences not to be missed. ● More than a hundred black-and-white photographs and illustrations. From the Trade Paperback edition.

Food Lit: A Reader's Guide to Epicurean Nonfiction

A Reader's Guide to Epicurean Nonfiction

Author: Melissa Brackney Stoeger

Publisher: ABC-CLIO

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Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 350

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An essential tool for assisting leisure readers interested in topics surrounding food, this unique book contains annotations and read-alikes for hundreds of nonfiction titles about the joys of comestibles and cooking.

Tuscany

Author: Dana Facaros

Publisher: Cadogan Guides (USA)

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Category: Travel

Page: 448

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The guidebook of choice for travelers who like to mix culture with good living . . .--"The Sunday Times." Discover the wonders of the captivating region with this updated Cadogan classic, all set against Tuscany's golden landscapes, coastline, and islands. Maps. Full-color photos.

Sanitas Per Aquas

Spas, Lifestyles and Foodways ; Proceedings of the 16th Conference of the International Commission for Ethnological Food Research, Innsbruck, Austria, and Meran(o), Italy, 25 September - 1 October 2006

Author: Patricia Lysaght

Publisher: Studien Verlag

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Category: Health & Fitness

Page: 379

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This volume contains papers presented at the sixteenth International Ethnological Food Research Conference held in Innsbruck, Austria, and Merano, Italy. The conference brought together scholars from eighteen countries in Europe, North America, and Asia, from a variety of disciplines, who explore the role of dietary attitudes, lifestyle choices, and recourse to healing-related activities of different kinds. Dietary choices are perceived to play in the achievement of health and wellness. Contributors to this volume touch on key aspects of current discourses on health and well-being, in a variety of cultures and from different perspectives, in both historical and contemporary times.

The Real Story

A Guide to Nonfiction Reading Interests

Author: Sarah Statz Cords

Publisher: Libraries Unltd Incorporated

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Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 460

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Explores the genres and sub-genres of nonfiction and provides an annotated bibliography of more than five hundred popular nonfiction titles, organized according to genre with a focus on titles published in the last decade.