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Dolce Vita Diaries: The Recipes [Kindle Edition]

Cathy Rogers , Jason Gibb
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)

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Book Description

A selection of delicious Italian recipes, inspired by one couple’s journey of a lifetime

In 2005, Cathy and Jason threw in successful careers as TV presenters and producers to become olive farmers in Italy. With their one year old daughter and Italian dictionary in tow, they found themselves in the middle of a European nowhere untouched by modernity.

This exclusive low-price ebook gathers together the more than 50 delicious Mediterranean-inspired recipes that feature in the full ‘Dolce Vita Diaries’.

Recipes include:

- Pan-fried trout with polenta crust and almonds
- Onion and sapa tart
- Real ketchup with Italian tomatoes
- Strawberry pannacotta with balsamic
- Saffron risotto
- Fig jam

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A deliciously different travelogue

About the Author

Cathy Rogers and Jason Gibb both enjoy life shake-ups. Between them they have notched up careers as TV producers, marine biologists, medics, touring musicians, diving instructors, TV presenters, and even church organists. In 2005, they decided to toss themselves the new challenge of becoming modern European peasants, living and working in an olive grove in the Italian countryside.

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27 of 30 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Vickie Pollard goes to Italy 2 Oct. 2009
By Magri
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
Hats off to the family for all they achieved in difficult circumstances but unfortunately this is without doubt one of the worst books I have ever read.

I suppose that the staggeringly un-original title should have warned me but I ploughed on looking for charm and insight into beautiful Marche and its wonderful people but found nothing but vacuous observations and................................ well nothing actually.

Have you ever wondered how much "research" goes into a television program? The answer lies in this book. Two media types decide to move to Italy to grow olives. Their level of research is so pathetically laughable (they don't seem to know that Marche gets cold in winter and they both HATE the cold) that if they spend this amount of time planning such a momentous move they would obviously spend about ten seconds researching a TV program.

A more self deprecating eye may well have brought some charm to the description of their adventure but Cathy was clearly not born to be an author. The first part of the book is written in a stream of consciousness email style (including such gems as "(?)") with so much disjointed jumping around an ADD specialist would have a field day. Thereafter there is no coherence or flow throughout the book. So disjointed that we go from finishing the second harvest to living in Earls Court in 10 pages with no substantial explanation but hey ho, that's Hollywood intilekt folks. (Personally I think that the reason was that the physical work was just tooo hard for the little diddums and being ssooooo far away from Starbucks CAN be a killer.)

However the thing that really gets me is how passionless and bland this book is. It is narrated with no empathy, no feeling and no real insight.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Teeth gringingly irritating 23 Jan. 2011
If this couple had taken the time to read "Under the Tuscan Sun" by Frances Mayes - half of their problems would never have happened and their witty stories would not exist. I'm not saying that they plagiarised the Mayes book but they picked on the same stuff to write about (Priest strangler pasta anyone?) and frankly didn't do it as well. A poorly written book with little new to offer in the genre.Don't waste your money.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars I Enjoyed This Book 30 Sept. 2013
By David
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Whilst I did enjoy the book, one is cynically forced to wonder whether it was only written to flog olive oil and promote adoption of their olive trees. That said, it is an enjoyable, easy to read book and probably best for one of the beach holidays where you read a book and then pass it on to someone else to read. I don't think it deserves a permanent place on my bookshelves!
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1.0 out of 5 stars Is this company a scam??? 31 Jan. 2013
I was given an "adoption" gift of a tree in November 2012. I emailed the company to ask what the gift entailed, and received no answer.

I set up an online account but there is no way to link my adoption certificate information to my online account.

Three months after this company received payment ~ no shipments of olive oil. And no information as to exactly what the gift entails or gives the recipient.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars very entertaining and informative. 15 July 2013
By oaklea.
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Loved the mix of story, journey and recipes. I want to hear more about Nudo, Rosie, the footy team and the choir.
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5.0 out of 5 stars nice one 12 May 2015
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Very interesting , found some useful information for myself
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6 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Good Life, Italian Style 24 April 2009
My wife bought me this book after I had adopted one of the authors' olive trees. It's a great read. If you've ever wondered what the truth is behind those `place in the sun' style stories that always seem to be too good to be true then you should enjoy this.

It's easy to warm to this couple, who had the courage to exchange their life of luxury in LA for a ramshackle pile in the back of Italian beyond, and the good humour to see the funny side of some pretty poor luck.

The book is written in a breezy, easily readable style, with a fair number of hilariously long and ambitious to-do lists as they adapt to their new, rustic lifestyle. There are also recipes inspired by local characters. I cooked the Lemon Ravioli with Sage Butter which was straightforward, quick, and delicious.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful book!!!!!!! 8 Oct. 2012
What a great book! So many are written about moving to Italy, and I read most of them. My husband and I spend alot of time in Italy, so I love to read other couple's journeys. It is wonderful how they started with many obstacles and ended up in such a positive way. I enjoyed it so much that I adopted an olive tree for my son! A great gift and he looks foward to the olive oil... A great read for anyone's leisure time.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Dolce Vita Diaries - a gem
I loved this entertaining story of loving and living life, moving continents, family, taking risks and the best surprise of all, some lovely (very successful, when tried) recipes... Read more
Published 19 months ago by Janet Glanville
1.0 out of 5 stars Don't bother
Dreadful writing ..ridiculous characters. Had to get to the end as I hate not finishing books however I nearly chucked it in
Published 23 months ago by Fiona Corck
2.0 out of 5 stars Is it a book?
A magazine article padded out with recipes to make it into a book. I read it from front to back in the hope that something interesting might happen. Sadly nothing did. Read more
Published 23 months ago by mr g.k. sherring
4.0 out of 5 stars The Dolce Vita Diaries
This book was a surprise - a lovely story and recipes as well! A life story, but light-hearted and definitely a must if you dream of living in Europe and love food.
Published 24 months ago by Janet Glanville
5.0 out of 5 stars Am I jealous
This book was an enjoyable read evoking a sense of place the frustrations and the high spots it made me look up the website before I was halfway through. Read more
Published on 11 July 2013 by j a l keenan
5.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining and thoughtful
Both my husband and I lived this book. It was a well-written, insightful glimpse into another culture without resorting to caricature or trite analysis. Read more
Published on 10 Nov. 2012 by Martina Franca
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent book!
I loved this book! It was great fun and inspired us to plan a trip to Italy. An great story and a lesson on our to persevere in the face of huge obstacles. Read more
Published on 4 Oct. 2012 by Jill from South Africa
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