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A Thousand Days in Tuscany Paperback – 7 Jul 2005
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De Blasi's glittering descriptions and mouthwatering recipes take you directly into the heart of Italy and into the souls of the Italian people (Adriana Trigiani, New York Times bestselling author of Lucia, Lucia)
Filled with warmth and the rich and simple drama of a beautiful life. The evocation of country dishes is mouthwatering, the lyrical beauty irresistible (Susan Herrmann Loomis, author of On Rue Tatin: Living and Cooking in a French Town)
A love poem to de Blasi's professional life as a chef' USA Today ('This memoir of the seasons in a small Tuscan village is rich with food, weather, romance, and, above all, life . . . [de Blasi] immerses her readers in life's poignancy, brevity, and wonder' Publishers Weekly)
A lush evocation of Tuscan life and food by the author of A THOUSAND DAYS IN VENICE.See all Product description
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They settle in the small village of San Casciano dei Bagni near the borders of Tuscany, Umbria and Lazio meet. Life is still ruled here as it has been for centuries by the seasons and the foods available around them. They become very close to two locals Barlozzo and Floriana and through them learn of the rhythms of life and love in a Tuscan village. As the story of these two couples unfolds it puts life into perspective for the four of them.
It appealed to me because of my own love of Italy and all things Italian, some of the episodes were oh so familiar; particularly as I know the region Marlena is writing about and have sampled similar dishes to those she includes recipes for at the end of each chapter.
However unless you are a dedicated Italiaphile I feel you may find this is just another Life in Tuscany book. Very similar to the many others available and does not particularly stand out from the crowd apart from some of Marlena de Blasi's poetic prose.
I have spent many holidays in Tuscany and found this book rather boring. Perhaps someone who doesn't know the region or Italy for that matter would find it interesting.
This is more than a food writer’s journal,although you feel like you have experienced a thorough cookery course in Tuscany once you have read it. I did feel compelled to make some of the recipes in the book. One of my favourites which was very successful happens to be Salsicce Arrostite l’Uve al Vinaio or Winemaker’s Sausages roasted with grapes which was molto buono!
A Thousand Days in Tuscany is an easy & enjoyable read.
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