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  • Hardcover: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing (4 July 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0747590362
  • ISBN-13: 978-0747590361
  • Product Dimensions: 16.7 x 24.4 x 3.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 315,657 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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`Rich and engaging ... Lawson's narrative follows the seasons in a country year, delineating the culinary routines of the typical Campodimele resident and cook ... Lawson beautifully describes food at its simplest and finest - green fava beans, homemade ribbon-like pasta, zucchini and hot peppers, shallots, and baby goat.'
--Publishers Weekly

`Her passion for Italian cuisine and lifestyle is infectious ... A clever book packed with beautiful images and gorgeous recipes.'
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`Her passion for Italian cuisine and lifestyle is infectious ... A clever book packed with beautiful images and gorgeous recipes'
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`Rich and engaging ... Lawson's narrative follows the seasons in a country year, delineating the culinary routines of the typical Campodimele resident and cook ... Lawson beautifully describes food at its simplest and finest - green fava beans, homemade ribbon-like pasta, zucchini and hot peppers, shallots, and baby goat.'
----Publishers Weekly

`Magnificent ... Passion for food oozes through Lawson's book. Her fresh, luscious prose stirs the senses. Most of all, the book makes you want to cook, and she has provided dozens of recipes to satiate that impulse'
--Washington Post

`A lovely meditation on the foods, lives, recipes, and traditions of this area of Italy, this will appeal to travelers and foodies'
----Library Journal

`Rich and engaging ... Lawson's narrative follows the seasons in a country year, delineating the culinary routines of the typical Campodimele resident and cook ... Lawson beautifully describes food at its simplest and finest - green fava beans, homemade ribbonlike pasta, zucchini and hot peppers, shallots, and baby goat' ----Publishers Weekly

Magnificent...Passion for food oozes through Lawson's book. Her fresh, luscious prose stirs the senses. Most of all, the book makes you want to cook, and she has provided dozens of recipes to satiate that impulse. --Washington Post

This guide to how the people of Campodimele live life is more than a good read, it's an inspiration. --Bel Mooney, Daily Mail Bel Mooney, Daily Mail

A lovely meditation on the foods, lives, recipes, and traditions of this area of Italy, this will appeal to travelers and foodies. --Library Journal Library Journal

Rich and engaging... Lawson's narrative follows the seasons in a country year, delineating the culinary routines of the typical Campodimele resident and cook... Lawson beautifully describes food at its simplest and finest--green fava beans, homemade ribbonlike pasta, zucchini and hot peppers, shallots, and baby goat. --Publishers Weekly

[Lawson's] unique account allows us to follow in her intrepid footsteps, sending taste-buds tingling with a bounty of recipes, and capturing the radiant spirit of the village through the eyes of its people, --Italia!

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Part escape-to-the-sun travelogue, part cookbook, this is a vibrant

and visually stunning exploration of the extraordinary Italian village

of Campodimele


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30 of 30 people found the following review helpful By Belle on 18 July 2011
Format: Hardcover
I'VE long loved the passionate, well-informed and literary approach to food writing taken by the late, great M.F. K. Fisher. The stellar standard she set for writing about France, Tracey Lawson now accomplishes for Italy. This beautifully written book takes the reader into the heart of a community and its health-bringing cuisine. It's a lyrical and yet unsentimental account - a rare achievement - served up with wit and with a refreshing boldness about what really matters in life.

I read the book first for its stories about the village and its people and then, convinced by the sumptuousness of the dishes described, was tempted to read the recipes. These are offered in a friendly, no-nonsense style which accords with the intelligence of the prose. This wonderful fresh 'voice' in the food writing world shares insights as much about a culture and a philosophy as about 'la cucina'. I look forward to hearing more.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By LCB on 5 Aug. 2011
Format: Hardcover
This book arrived yesterday and it resulted in a late night for me. I love it. I am able to completely absorb myself in it and feel like I am on that mountain! Totally inspiration. Does make you think about how we live and how we could adapt our diet and lifestyle in the Uk, even with the limitations of produce and climate. What a refreshing change.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By jeffers on 24 Aug. 2011
Format: Hardcover
I had heard about the story of the village of Campodimele several years ago and it has always struck me that the tale of an Italian community, whose average life expectancy is 95, would make a great book - the sort of Shangri la of Italy.
The publishers call it a winning cross between Under the Tuscan Sun and You Are What You Eat, a book written for people who love to eat well and who love Italy.
They are right, but to me it is more than that.
The author's meetings with villagers like Natalina and Adamo are enchanting and the gradual, monthly cycle through the Italian climate, the local hills and forests and the villagers themselves, are unforgettable. I loved this book - and I may even start cooking for myself from now on!
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21 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Cook book Addict on 7 July 2011
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
I saw this book last year but publication seemed to take a year longer than at first suggested so I crossed it off my list and forgot about it but looking at the new list of food books for 2011 it popped up again and I vascillated but eventually ordered it and I am so glad I did
I love the rustic way of life in this village described by the author and the recipes that went with it
I found similar recipes that my own Mother in Law used to make and showed it to Italian cousins who were equally fascinated and delighted
I have no hesitation is recommending this book - I love it
Also available on Kindle now so you can take it to Italy with you when you visit the area :D
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Graeme Dixon on 25 July 2011
Format: Hardcover
A well written book takes you into the village and its life by someone passionate about the subject. Wonderful stories brings the village alive and I wonder if she is the next big thing in terms of food writing?
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By DesT on 10 Sept. 2011
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A wonderful book that is more than a tour guide and much more than just a cookery book. It is a life affirming insight into the day-to-day life of the neighbourly people in a remarkable village in Italy. It is both an excellent read and a view of how people might live in harmony together.
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By Wynne Kelly TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 25 July 2012
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I first heard about this book on Radio 4 (Excess Baggage, I think) and decided to buy it as soon as the paperback appeared. It is a delightful book recounting the time Tracey Lawson spent in the village of Campodimele in southern Italy. She is by no means the first outsider to look at the lives of the people there. For many years scientists and nutritionists have been impressed by the long life of many of the inhabitants. But apart from living long the people there also seem to have a good quality of life and are active right into old age.

Of course, much has been made of the famous Mediterranean diet that is largely followed in Campodimele. But there are undoubtedly other factors at play. Many villagers still work their own plots and eat locally produced food. Food is usually grown without the aid of chemicals and people eat what is in season - or what they have preserved in age old ways. What was not mentioned - but I feel is probably a key factor - is the way in which old people are still very much part of the family and the community. They remain busy as respected and valuable people in their own right.

Tracey Lawson seems to have been accepted into the homes and lives of many of the villagers - especially the women. She learned from them how to prepare a wide range of dishes from pizza to wild snails. All the recipes are clear and easy to follow - although many are for very large quantities - the Frittata di ricotta asks for ten eggs! The recipes are given throughout the book according to the month when the main ingredient would be available in the village. This means a fair bit of searching when trying to find a particular dish - an alphabetic list in English at the back of the book would have been useful.

This charming and inspiring book made me want to pack up and go to live in a Mediterranean country!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By stainy on 6 Oct. 2011
Format: Hardcover
I bought this book for my wife which is giving her much pleasure and information about the village and the inhabitants,plus some very good recipes.
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