They had met and married on perilously short acquaintance, she an American chef and food writer, he a Venetian banker. Now they were taking another...more
They had met and married on perilously short acquaintance, she an American chef and food writer, he a Venetian banker. Now they were taking another audacious leap, unstitching their ties with exquisite Venice to live in a roughly renovated stable in Tuscany.Once again, it was love at first sight. Love for the timeless countryside and the ancient village of San Casciano dei Bagni, for the local vintage and the magnificent cooking, for the Tuscan sky and the friendly church bells. Love especially for old Barlozzo, the village mago, who escorts the newcomers to Tuscany’s seasonal festivals; gives them roasted country bread drizzled with just-pressed olive oil; invites them to gather chestnuts, harvest grapes, hunt truffles; and teaches them to caress the simple pleasures of each precious day. It’s Barlozzo who guides them across the minefields of village history and into the warm and fiercely beating heart of love itself. A Thousand Days in Tuscany is set in one of the most beautiful places on earth–and tucked into its fragrant corners are luscious recipes (including one for the only true bruschetta) directly from the author’s private collection. less
Good book, especially if you love Italy! Foodies would enjoy and would be inspired to do some cooking. Wish I had read her first one before reading this one, but will have to go back now and get it, too.
The De Blasi books are really special, although this one doesn't quite beat the Venice story. Here we continue the couple's experiences, meeting new people, visiting new places. Really wonderful language, great descriptions.
This book was a lovely accompaniment to hot summer days lounged out on a blanket on the beach. It was rich and warm, sweet and salty, just as the main character describes the tastes of living. I laughed, cried, sighed-just lovely.