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A Thousand Days In Venice

Author : Marlena de Blasi
ISBN : 9781616202750
Genre : Biography & Autobiography
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Fernando first sees Marlena across the Piazza San Marco and falls in love from afar. When he sees her again in a Venice café a year later, he knows it is fate. He knows little English; she, a divorced American chef traveling through Italy, speaks only food-based Italian. Marlena thought she was done with romantic love, incapable of intimacy. Yet within months of their first meeting, she has quit her job, sold her house in St. Louis, kissed her two grown sons good-bye, and moved to Venice to marry “the stranger,” as she calls Fernando. This deliciously satisfying memoir is filled with the foods and flavors of Italy and peppered with culinary observations and recipes. But the main course here is an enchanting true story about a woman who falls in love with both a man and a city, and finally finds the home she didn’t even know she was missing.

A Thousand Days In Venice

Author : Marlena De Blasi
ISBN : 1741141354
Genre : Food habits
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Spend a glorious thousand days in Venice with Marlena de Blasi writing delightfully on romance, food, recipes, wine and friends.

A Thousand Days In Venice

Author : Marlena de Blasi
ISBN : 1565125894
Genre : Biography & Autobiography
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Fernando first sees Marlena across the Piazza San Marco and falls in love from afar. When he sees her again in a Venice café a year later, he knows it is fate. He knows little English; she, a divorced American chef traveling through Italy, speaks only food-based Italian. Marlena thought she was done with romantic love, incapable of intimacy. Yet within months of their first meeting, she has quit her job, sold her house in St. Louis, kissed her two grown sons good-bye, and moved to Venice to marry “the stranger,” as she calls Fernando. This deliciously satisfying memoir is filled with the foods and flavors of Italy and peppered with culinary observations and recipes. But the main course here is an enchanting true story about a woman who falls in love with both a man and a city, and finally finds the home she didn’t even know she was missing.

A Thousand Days In Tuscany

Author : Marlena De Blasi
ISBN : 9780345481092
Genre : Cooking
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A transplanted American chef and food writer continues her story of her life in Italy, describing her and her husband's move to rural Tuscany into a former stable with no phone or central heating and detailing their participation in local life, farming traditions, and culinary discoveries. By the author of A Thousand Days in Venice. Reader's Guide included. Reprint. 55,000 first printing.

That Summer In Sicily

Author : Marlena de Blasi
ISBN : 9780345513335
Genre : Travel
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NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER “At villa Donnafugata, long ago is never very far away,” writes bestselling author Marlena de Blasi of the magnificent if somewhat ruined castle in the mountains of Sicily that she finds, accidentally, one summer while traveling with her husband, Fernando. There de Blasi is befriended by Tosca, the patroness of the villa, an elegant and beautiful woman-of-a-certain-age who recounts her lifelong love story with the last prince of Sicily descended from the French nobles of Anjou. Sicily is a land of contrasts: grandeur and poverty, beauty and sufferance, illusion and candor. In a luminous and tantalizing voice, That Summer in Sicily re-creates Tosca’s life, from her impoverished childhood to her fairy-tale adoption and initiation into the glittering life of the prince’s palace, to the dawning and recognition of mutual love. But when Prince Leo attempts to better the lives of his peasants, his defiance of the local Mafia’s grim will to maintain the historical imbalance between the haves and the have-nots costs him dearly. The present-day narrative finds Tosca sharing her considerable inherited wealth with a harmonious society composed of many of the women–now widowed–who once worked the prince’s land alongside their husbands. How the Sicilian widows go about their tasks, care for one another, and celebrate the rituals of a humble, well-lived life is the heart of this book. Showcasing the same writerly gifts that made bestsellers of A Thousand Days in Venice and A Thousand Days in Tuscany, That Summer in Sicily, and de Blasi’ s marvelous storytelling, remind us that in order to live a rich life, one must embrace both life’s sorrow and its beauty. Here is an epic drama that takes readers from Sicily’s remote mountains to chaotic post-war Palermo, from the intricacies of forbidden love to the havoc wreaked by Sicily’s eternally bewildering culture. From the Hardcover edition.

The Umbrian Thursday Night Supper Club

Author : Marlena de Blasi
ISBN : 9781473505049
Genre : Biography & Autobiography
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Regional Foods Of Northern Italy

Author : Marlena De Blasi
ISBN : 0761512314
Genre : Cooking
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A collection of nearly two hundred recipes offers a wide range of traditional dishes from the ten regions of northern Italy

Passion On The Vine

Author : Sergio Esposito
ISBN : 9780767926089
Genre : Travel
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Esposito's luscious accounts of the wonderful food and wine that are so much a part of Italian life make "Passion on the Vine" an utterly unique and enchanting work about Italy and its eternally seductive lifestyle.

The Road To Burgundy

Author : Ray Walker
ISBN : 9781592408788
Genre : Biography & Autobiography
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"An intoxicating memoir of an American who discovers a passion for French wine, and gambles everything to chase a dream of owning a vineyard in Burgundy Ray Walker had a secure career in finance until a wine-tasting vacation ignited a passion that hecouldn't stifle. Ray neglected his work, spending hours poring over ancient French winemaking texts, learning the techniques and the language, and daydreaming about vineyards. After Ray experienced his first taste of wine from Burgundy, he could wait no longer. He quit his job and went to France to start a winery--with little money, a limited command of French, and virtually no winemaking experience. Fueled by determination and joie de vivre, he immersed himself in the extraordinary history of Burgundy's vineyards and began honing his skills. Ray became a pioneer in his use of ancient techniques in modern times and founded Maison Ilan. In 2009, Ray became the first non-French winemaker to purchase grapes and produce a wine from Le Chambertin, long considered to be one of the most revered and singular vineyards in the world. Along with his struggle to capture his wine's distinct terroir, Ray shares enthralling stories of late-night tastings, flying down the Route National on a vintage Peugeot bicycle with no brakes, and his journey to secure both the trust of his insular Burgundian neighbors and the region's most coveted grapes. Capturing the sunlight, the smell of the damp soil, and the taste of superlative wine, The Road to Burgundy is a glorious celebration of finding one's true path in life, and taking a chance--whatever the odds. "--

Three Coins In The Fountain

Author : Catherine Tondelli
ISBN : 1461128145
Genre : Travel
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After finally getting her ex-husband out of the house, a dynamic, American career woman wins a trip to Italy for two, brings her mother along and winds up tossing three coins into Rome's Trevi fountain, wishing for love and the guarantee of a return to wonderful, romantic Italy. Little did she know that those coins would lead to a new job, a new home, and a new life with a handsome Italian who lived with his mother until he was 35 years old. A hilarious story of a cross-cultural romance, 10 siblings, two Siamese cats, hundreds of trips, a few handy saints and a fun-loving mother who could spot a good thing when she saw it. Author Catherine Tondelli brings a whole new depth to tales of cross-cultural romance and mid-life changes across the background that is Bell' Italia. She embarks on an international adventure as seen through a mother's eyes and the hardship of raising 11 kids after dad leaves them high and dry in downtown Chicago. Fasten your seatbelts and get ready for a story of survival, love, kismet and what awaits those who can toss off their past as easily as tossing a few coins in a fountain. If you liked Bridget Jones Diary, Eat, Pray, Love or My big fat Greek wedding, you will love Three Coins in the Fountain.

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