|Digital List Price:||$16.99|
|Print List Price:||$17.00|
Save $7.01 (41%)
A Thousand Days in Tuscany: A Bittersweet Adventure Kindle Edition
Enter your mobile number or email address below and we'll send you a link to download the free Kindle App. Then you can start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, or computer - no Kindle device required.
To get the free app, enter your mobile phone number.
From Publishers Weekly
Copyright © Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved. --This text refers to an alternate kindle_edition edition.
–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.”
“Rich with food, weather, romance, and, above all, life . . . [De Blasi] immerses her readers in life’s poignancy, brevity, and wonder.”
–Publishers Weekly --This text refers to an alternate kindle_edition edition.
- ASIN : B003I1WY1G
- Publisher : Algonquin Books (November 1, 2004)
- Publication date : November 1, 2004
- Language : English
- File size : 1034 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 337 pages
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #10,326 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
- Customer Reviews:
Top reviews from the United States
There was a problem filtering reviews right now. Please try again later.
I’m happy that I’ve learned how to properly pronounce bruschetta!
I’m not sure as to whether I will read more in this series. I think that I like the idea of her books more than the books themselves. The attractive covers help also!
Some of my favorite quotes:
“Look at that Tuscan landscape. This is where everyone in the world would like to live."
“Living in the moment and being content with one’s portion makes for the best of all lives.”
“Don’t be afraid of your children. If they’re going to love you, they’ll love you on their own, without your having to pander to them. If they’re not going to love you, there’s nothing to do about it.”
The bittersweet part comes through Fernando's flair for Italian operatic drama, questioning their decision to leave Venice. Barlozzo has secrets that eat at his heart, finally revealed through the terminal illness of his long-time beloved who had married another. There is yearning for times past that can only be tasted briefly, yet the flavor of village life fills and satisfies them. Cooking and eating are the heart of Tuscany, and this book brings an intense, colorful experience with mouth-watering recipes.
Delightful, reflective, philosophical, and charming story based on the authors' life.
There are familiar elements to this story of an American (or British writer) succumbing to the charms of Italy (or France), relocating, and then coping with the quirks and frustrations of settling into a new culture. But author Marlena de Blasi describes her transformation so well and she presents her new community with such passion, that readers are easily enchanted. Her focus on rustic Italian cooking, the feasts at which her new friends gathered, and the recipes is a special treat.
Michael Helquist, MARIE EQUI: Radical Politics and Outlaw Passions
For all readers, also beware. I have been a big fan of Ms. de Blasi's books, but this one put me over the edge. In previous books, her florid prose contributed to the setting and story. In this one, it is so baroque that the story becomes secondary. It is almost a game to see how convoluted her metaphors can become, or how complex her descriptions. Less would have been far more.
And there are a few sections that detract from the story line and lead nowhere. Readers of prior books know the love story -- if anything it intensifies in this book, but one begins to suspect that it is just more verbiage designed to make an otherwise pretty slim story a bit more meaty. Can anyone else experience love to these extremes? Can anyone else engage a whole village in new traditions by force of personality? Even her most beloved local character protests the overuse of velvets and satins in her decoration of her rented home. (It seemed like the Octomom on steroids, to me.) I conclude after this overwrought story that Ms. de Blasi is the diva of her own costume drama, that she must be one of those characters that are sort of embarrassing to know in real life. Sadly, since I had been quite a fan, I doubt I will be reading any more of Ms. de Blasi's work.
Top reviews from other countries
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.