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A Thousand Days in Tuscany: A Bittersweet Adventure


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ISBN13: 9780345481092
ISBN10: 0345481097
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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.




From the author of the national bestseller "A Thousand Days in Venice" comes this sumptuous, passionate memoir of a life in rural Tuscany that's now available in paperback.

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glitterbrite_81, February 16, 2007 (view all comments by glitterbrite_81)
Marlena is an amazing writer! I really felt like I was there with her, experiencing what she was. Her writing is so sensual and delicious. I can't even say how incredible this book was! All of her words are just put together so elegantly that you can't help but read it slowly in order to get the full effect and let all the sensations sink in.
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De Blasi, Marlena
Ballantine Books
Marlena de Blasi
Cookery, italian
Social life and customs
Europe - Italy
Regional & Ethnic - Italian
Cookery, Italian -- Tuscan style.
Tuscany (Italy) Social life and customs.
Cooking and Food-Italian
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Trade paper
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7.00x5.56x.79 in. .62 lbs.

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