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The Lady in the Palazzo: An Umbrian Love Story

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Marlena di Blasi seduced readers to fall in love with Venice, then Tuscany, with her popular and critically acclaimed books A Thousand Days in Venice and A Thousand Days in Tuscany. Now she takes readers on a journey into the heart of Orvieto, an ancient city in the less-trodden region of Umbria. Rich with history and a vivid sense of place, her tale is by turns romantic and sensual, joyous and celebratory, as she and her husband search for a home in this city on a hill--finding one that turns out to be the former ballroom of a dilapidated sixteenth-century palazzo. Along the way, de Blasi befriends an array of colorful characters, including cooks and counts and shepherds and a lone violinist, cooking her way into the hearts of her Umbrian neighbors.

Brimming with life and kissed by romance, The Lady in the Palazzo perfectly captures the essence of a singular place and offers up a feast--and the recipes to prepare it --for readers of all stripes.

Synopsis:

A transplanted American chef and food writer continues her story of her life in Italy, describing her and her husband's move to Orvieto, the largest city in Umbria, as they search for and find the perfect home, which turns out to be the former ballroom of a fifteenth-century palazzo, detailing their efforts to establish friendships with the quirky characters of the region.

Synopsis:

Author de Blasi takes us on a new journey as she moves with her husband, Fernando, to a large and ancient city in Italy's Umbria. Having neither a seacoast nor a foreign border, it's a region less trampled by travelers and, in turn, less accepting of strangers. So de Blasi sets out to establish her niche in this new place and to win over her new neighbors by doing what she does best, cooking her way into their hearts. (Her recipes are included.) Rich with history and a vivid sense of place, her memoir is by turns romantic and sensual, joyous and celebratory, as she searches for the right balance in this city on the hill, as well as the right home--which turns out to be the former ballroom of a dilapidated sixteenth-century palazzo.--From publisher description.

Table of Contents

pt. 1. The next house. A life lived well moves backward — Truth, hard and hot, has its pleasures — Once in a while, let life shape itself — Life is lived in epochs — pt. 2. Waiting for a ballroom. That's Umbria out there — Everywhere in Orvieto there is the suspicion of glory — Bombastes is back in town — Umbria is Italy unmingled — She says people need to be together as much as they need to eat — Besides, they all have something of the ass about them, Chou — I preferred one waltz with a beauty to a lifetime with someone less rare — Wait until midnight if you can — Sleep well and rise early to an exuberance of bells — Most all of us abide in ruins — I'd like to have hair the color of hot copper wires — And be careful of Edgardo d'Onofrio — The Orvietani — We're going to live in a ballroom, Fernando, isn't that the most wonderful thing you ever heard? — Brahms at eight o'clock from across the Vicolo — pt. 3. In Via del Duomo — Where I come from, we invite our neighbors and friends to supper — Black ties and pretty dresses — Would the lady be pleased by a waltz? — The feast — Pan-saut

Product Details

ISBN:
9781565126480
Publisher:
Algonquin Books
Subject:
Personal Memoirs
Author:
Marlena De Blasi
Author:
Marlena de Blasi
Author:
De Blasi, Marlena
Subject:
Europe - Italy
Subject:
Social life and customs
Subject:
Description and travel
Subject:
TRAVEL / Europe / Italy
Subject:
Orvieto (Italy) - Description and travel
Subject:
Orvieto (Italy) - Social life and customs
Subject:
Audio Books-Biography
Subject:
Biography - General
Subject:
Cooking and Food-Food Writing
Subject:
Travel Writing-Italy
Subject:
Biography & Autobiography : Personal Memoirs
Subject:
main_subject
Subject:
all_subjects
Publication Date:
May 2008
Binding:
eBooks
Language:
English

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Product details pages Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill - English 9781565126480 Reviews:
"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 Orvieto, the largest city in Umbria, as they search for and find the perfect home, which turns out to be the former ballroom of a fifteenth-century palazzo, detailing their efforts to establish friendships with the quirky characters of the region.
"Synopsis" by , Author de Blasi takes us on a new journey as she moves with her husband, Fernando, to a large and ancient city in Italy's Umbria. Having neither a seacoast nor a foreign border, it's a region less trampled by travelers and, in turn, less accepting of strangers. So de Blasi sets out to establish her niche in this new place and to win over her new neighbors by doing what she does best, cooking her way into their hearts. (Her recipes are included.) Rich with history and a vivid sense of place, her memoir is by turns romantic and sensual, joyous and celebratory, as she searches for the right balance in this city on the hill, as well as the right home--which turns out to be the former ballroom of a dilapidated sixteenth-century palazzo.--From publisher description.
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