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Tracey Lawson
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Book Description

5 July 2012

The village of Campodimele in the Aurunci Mountains has been called 'the village of eternal youth' by the scientific community, after a study revealed the astonishing longevity of its inhabitants. The average life expectancy of the Campomelani is 95, compared to the European average of 75 for men and 82 for women.

Not only do the villagers live to an extraordinary age, but they also enjoy healthy and active lives at an age when many people in the UK have succumbed to general infirmity or the three major plagues of Western life: cancer, heart disease and diabetes. How do they do it? Tracey Lawson decided that the only way to find out was to spend some time living in the village herself.

This book chronicles twelve months in the life of Campodimele, focusing on the seasonal cooking and eating habits that doctors believe are the key to the villagers' long lives. There are insights from such colourful characters as Gerardo, who still zips down to the wheat fields on his aged scooter, and Maria, who is often seen chasing hens up the hill on her 83-year-old legs, as well as a year's worth of timeless, simple recipes that will seduce even the busiest urbanite.

With full-colour plate sections to show off the wealth of gorgeous photography, A Year in the Village of Eternity is at once a Mediterranean cookbook, a sensible and inspiring food manual and a stunning, unique travel book; a winning cross between Under the Tuscan Sun and Jamie's Italy with a dash of You Are What You Eat.

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  • Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Paperbacks (5 July 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1408809990
  • ISBN-13: 978-1408809990
  • Product Dimensions: 19.6 x 12.8 x 2.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 43,942 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This book is a testament to the eternal values which keep body and soul alive ... more than a good read, it's an inspiration (Daily Mail)

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)

Rich and engaging (Publishers Weekly)

A clever book packed with beautiful images and gorgeous recipes (Image magazine)

Inspirational ... The descriptions of plump tomatoes and juicy figs, of poultry and pork reared locally then cooked using traditional recipes will make you pack your bags and move there. For a long, long time (Daily Mail)

Book Description

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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29 of 29 people found the following review helpful
By Belle
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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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Totally inspirational. 5 Aug 2011
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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20 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I want to go there!!! 7 July 2011
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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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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb 25 July 2011
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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Land of Make Believe 24 Aug 2011
By jeffers
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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A real slice of Italian life 10 Sep 2011
By DesT
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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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Year in the Village of Eternity 6 Oct 2011
By stainy
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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5.0 out of 5 stars a year in the village 30 Aug 2011
from the beginning of the book you are hooked and are there living the dream. Well written and and just makes you want to go there
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2.0 out of 5 stars Two Stars
Nice story but receipes impossible to follow in this day and age
Published 14 days ago by Geraldine Mitchell
3.0 out of 5 stars Fairly interesting
Another of several others and nothing too different some niceish recipes but again nothing new
Add garlic parsley ang pepperoncino to basic ingredients and there u r!
Published 6 months ago by sheena maclean doni
5.0 out of 5 stars Very nice book
The book came in on time and was of a very high quality. I would recommend it to someone who is interested in reading about Italian cuisine.
Published 9 months ago by J. A. Sutherland
5.0 out of 5 stars A Year in the Village of Eternity
Felt I was right there in tuscany with the locals and easy recepies for local food thrown in with it
Published 10 months ago by R V ADAMS
4.0 out of 5 stars ITALY
As an Italophile I found this a most interesting book and enjoyed reading the recipes that are included. It would be nice to think I could be that healthy.
Published 15 months ago by Marie Davie
5.0 out of 5 stars Meravigliosa!
Beautifool book ......I really want to go and live there now!!! Will buy more and gift to my favourite people.
Published 16 months ago by DL
4.0 out of 5 stars An Interesting Read
Really good info on how to live forever!! It shows that if you treat your body right then you can live a long and energetic life. No more ready horse meals for me!
Published 18 months ago by Decko
3.0 out of 5 stars Summary
Lots of interesting meals described; perhaps if there was less emphasis on food it would be a lot more interesting.
Published 18 months ago by G. Davies
5.0 out of 5 stars Good book to dip into
Aboslutely bliss of a book, a good one to dip into - also some amazing recipes -brings the sun in!
Published 18 months ago by Mrs. Sue Swanborough
4.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable, informative and thought-provoking
An enjoyable book looking at a healthier diet option than the British 'pie and mash' standard. Almost inevitably, most of the recipes are beyond the reach of the British fridge but... Read more
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