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A Thousand Days in Tuscany: A Bittersweet Adventure

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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.

Synopsis:

A transplanted American chef and food writer continues her story of her life in Italy, describing her and her husband's move to rural Tuscany into a former stable with no phone or central heating and detailing their participation in local life, farming traditions, and culinary discoveries. By the author of A Thousand Days in Venice.

Product Details

ISBN:
9781565125902
Publisher:
Algonquin Books
Subject:
Regional & Ethnic - Italian
Author:
Marlena De Blasi
Author:
Marlena de Blasi
Author:
De Blasi, Marlena
Subject:
General
Subject:
Europe - Italy
Subject:
Cookery, italian
Subject:
Food
Subject:
TRAVEL / Europe / Italy
Subject:
Cookery, Italian -- Tuscan style.
Subject:
Tuscany (Italy) Social life and customs.
Subject:
Biography - General
Subject:
Cooking and Food-Food Writing
Subject:
Cooking and Food-Gastronomic Literature
Subject:
Cooking and Food-Italian
Subject:
Travel Writing-General
Subject:
Travel Writing-Italy
Subject:
Biography & Autobiography : Personal Memoirs
Subject:
main_subject
Subject:
all_subjects
Publication Date:
November 2004
Binding:
eBooks
Language:
English

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Biography » General
Cooking and Food » Regional and Ethnic » Italian
History and Social Science » Sociology » General
Travel » Europe » Italy

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"Synopsis" by , A transplanted American chef and food writer continues her story of her life in Italy, describing her and her husband's move to rural Tuscany into a former stable with no phone or central heating and detailing their participation in local life, farming traditions, and culinary discoveries. By the author of A Thousand Days in Venice.
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