. Surrounded by candle light, good food and friendship, the four women tell Marlena their evocative life stories, and of cherished ingredients and recipes whose secrets have been passed down through generations.
That Summer in Sicily: A Love StoryBallantine Books #ad - 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.
New york times bestseller “at villa donnafugata, one summer while traveling with her husband, long ago is never very far away, accidentally, ” writes bestselling author Marlena de Blasi of the magnificent if somewhat ruined castle in the mountains of Sicily that she finds, Fernando. 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.
In a luminous and tantalizing voice, from her impoverished childhood to her fairy-tale adoption and initiation into the glittering life of the prince’s palace, That Summer in Sicily re-creates Tosca’s life, to the dawning and recognition of mutual love. Showcasing the same writerly gifts that made bestsellers of a thousand days in Venice and A Thousand Days in Tuscany, That Summer in Sicily, remind us that in order to live a rich life, and de Blasi’ s marvelous storytelling, one must embrace both life’s sorrow and its beauty.
That Summer in Sicily: A Love Story #ad - 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. 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.
How the sicilian widows go about their tasks, and celebrate the rituals of a humble, care for one another, well-lived life is the heart of this book.
A Thousand Days in Tuscany: A Bittersweet AdventureAlgonquin Books #ad - Together they visit sacred festivals and taste just-pressed olive oil, drizzled over roasted country bread. American chef and author of a thousand Days in Venice moves to rural Tuscany, where she and her husband discover village secrets of food, life, and love. Searching for the rhythms of country living, American chef Marlena de Blasi and her Venetian husband, Fernando, move to a barely renovated former stable in Tuscany.
They dwell among two hundred villagers, ancient olive groves, and hot Etruscan springs. In a cauldron set over a wood fire, they braise beans in red wine, and a stew of wild boar simmers overnight in the ashes of their hearth. Barlozzo shares his knowledge of italian farming traditions and ancient health potions, but he has secrets he doesn’t share, and one of them concerns the beautiful Floriana, whose illness teaches Marlena that happiness is truly a choice.
A Thousand Days in Tuscany: A Bittersweet Adventure #ad - Like the pleasurable tastes and textures of a fine meal, A Thousand Days in Tuscany is as satisfying as it is enticing. The author’s own recipes are included. In a thousand days in tuscany, de blasi brings us along as she and Fernando harvest grapes, gather chestnuts, and climb trees in the cold of December to pick olives, forage for wild mushrooms, one by one.
They befriend the mesmeric Barlozzo, a self-styled village chieftain whose stories lead de Blasi deeper into the soul of Tuscany. In this patch of earth where tuscany, Umbria, and Lazio collide, there is much to feed de Blasi’s two passions—food and love.
The Lady in the Palazzo: An Umbrian Love StoryAlgonquin Books #ad - Now she takes readers on a journey into the heart of Orvieto, an ancient city in the less-trodden region of Umbria. Rich with history and a vivid sense of place, her tale is by turns romantic and sensual, joyous and celebratory, as she and her husband search for a home in this city on a hill—finding one that turns out to be the former ballroom of a dilapidated sixteenth-century palazzo.
Along the way, shepherds, counts, including cooks, de Blasi befriends an array of colorful characters, and a lone violinist—cooking her way into the hearts of her Umbrian neighbors. Brimming with life and kissed by romance, the Lady in the Palazzo perfectly captures the essence of a singular place and offers up a feast—and the recipes to prepare it!—for readers of all stripes.
The Lady in the Palazzo: An Umbrian Love Story #ad - . The chef and author of a thousand Days in Tuscany takes in the flavor of Umbria while fixing up a dilapidated palazzo with her husband—includes recipes. Marlena di blasi seduced readers to fall in love with Venice, then Tuscany, with her critically acclaimed books about her experiences in those enchanting Italian regions.
A Thousand Days in Venice: An Unexpected RomanceAlgonquin Books #ad - Yet within months of their first meeting, she quits her job, sells her house in St. He knows little english; she, a divorced American chef traveling through Italy, speaks only food-based Italian. 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.
An irresistible grown-up love story. Usa today. Fernando first sees Marlena across the Piazza San Marco and falls in love from afar. An american chef meets the love of her life among the beautiful canals and exquisite cuisine of Venice—“better than a romance novel, it’s the real thing” New Orleans Times-Picayune.
A Thousand Days in Venice: An Unexpected Romance #ad - When he sees her again in a Venice café a year later, he knows it’s fate. This deliciously satisfying memoir is filled with the foods and flavors of Italy and peppered with culinary observations and recipes. Louis, kisses her two grown sons goodbye, and moves to Venice to marry “the stranger, ” as she calls Fernando.
Marlena thought she was done with romantic love, incapable of intimacy.
Antonia and Her DaughtersAllen & Unwin #ad - Mistrustful of tourists and outsiders, Antonia baits and clashes with Marlena, sets out to destroy her fragile peace and send her packing. Enter Antonia. Imperious, high-strung hellions, antonia is the still-stunning elderly matriarch of a complicated family of four generations of beautiful blue-eyed, tempestuous, high-bottomed, each with a story of her own.
Walking together in the pre-dawn tuscan light over the high meadows to forage for wild herbs, a sympathy which belies the differences in their ages, cooking and feasting with the family, cultures, an affinity grows between them, characters and histories and inspires Antonia to reveal her terrible secrets.
Antonia and Her Daughters #ad - Evocative, haunting, powerful, the narrative gives compelling insight into Tuscany's recent past and an uncensored look into one extraordinary woman's story. Yet the two are drawn to one another. The renovations to 34 via del duomo now complete, Marlena de Blasi, the bestselling international author and woman with the 'fairytale life', longs to find time and space to finish a book.
Lured by a friend's offer of a simple stone cottage in a remote province of western Tuscany and distant from the distractions of everyday life in Orvieto, she sets off for a period of solitude.
See You in the Piazza: New Places to Discover in ItalyCrown #ad - In see you in the piazza, as she and her husband, ed, Frances Mayes introduces us to the Italy only the locals know, eat and drink their way through thirteen regions—from Friuli to Sicily. But such landmarks only scratch the surface of this magical country's offerings. The bestselling author of under the tuscan Sun discovers the hidden pleasures of Italy in a sumptuous travel narrative that crisscrosses the country, with inventive new recipes celebrating Italian cuisine.
Don’t miss frances mayes in pbs’s dream of Italy: Tuscan Sun Special! “Reading this book is a vacation in itself. The new york times book review best travel books of the SummerThe Roman Forum, the Leaning Tower, the Piazza San Marco: these are the sights synonymous with Italy. Along the way, she seeks out the cultural and historic gems not found in traditional guidebooks.
See You in the Piazza: New Places to Discover in Italy #ad - Frances conjures the enchantment of the backstreets, the hubbub of the markets, the dreamlike wonder of that space between lunch and dinner when a city cracks open to those who would wander or when a mind is drawn into the pages of a delicious book—and discloses to us the secrets that only someone who is on intimate terms with a place could find.
Women in Sunlight: A NovelBroadway Books #ad - Though novices in a foreign culture, their renewed sense of adventure imbues each of them with a bright sense of bravery, a gusto for life, and a fierce determination to thrive. Susan, has enticed them to subvert expectations of staid retirement by taking a lease on a big, the most adventurous of the three, beautiful house in Tuscany.
Who are they, she can’t help but question: will they find what they came for? kit raine, is working on a biography of her close friend, and what brings them to this Tuscan village so far from home? An expat herself and with her own unfinished story, an American writer living in Tuscany, a complex woman who continues to cast a shadow on Kit’s own life.
Women in Sunlight: A Novel #ad - Her work is waylaid by the arrival of three women—Julia, Camille, and Susan—all of whom have launched a recent and spontaneous friendship that will uproot them completely and redirect their lives. But how? with kit’s friendship and guidance, the three friends launch themselves into Italian life, pursuing passions long-forgotten—and with drastic and unforeseeable results.
The story of four american strangers who bond in Italy and change their lives over the course of an exceptional year, from the bestselling author of Under the Tuscan Sun. Don’t miss frances mayes in pbs’s dream of italy: Tuscan Sun Special! She watches from her terrazza as the three American women carry their luggage into the stone villa down the hill.
An Italian Journey: A Harvest of Revelations in the Olive Groves of Tuscany: A Pretty Girl, Seven Tuscan Farmers, and a Roberto Rossellini FilmCAMPAGNA #ad - After that it was books and discovering that even Mark Twain had fallen for Italy. An italian journey made my heart glow with appreciation for Italians, the land, and life in general. Janine o"planning a trip to italy? read this so you don't miss out on the Italy that tours never visit. Bliss "i loved reading this bOOK!
Shaw's adventures are divided into engaging chapters that nicely incorporate quotes and beautiful illustrations. Day after day he picked their olives and the Italians began treating him like family. I'll be sharing this wonderful book! ciao!" ~ jeanne AAN ADVENTURE OF THE HEART in the mold of literature's classic spiritual journeys.
An Italian Journey: A Harvest of Revelations in the Olive Groves of Tuscany: A Pretty Girl, Seven Tuscan Farmers, and a Roberto Rossellini Film #ad - It began with a girl. I so appreciated how the author wove the story of his faith journey into his journey of discovery in Italy. I, too, noticed and enjoyed the hospitality. Tuscany was so beautiful and magical, just as the author described. Then it was Italian food. Fellini called it "La Dolce Vita. Tornatore's "cinema paradiso" took James Shaw back to the sweet memories of his childhood and the Italian family who operated the hometown theater.
One was growing up on a farm with my Italian grandma, the other was spending a summer in Tuscany.
An Italian Love Story: Surprise and Joy on the Amalfi Coast Italian Journeys Book 2Campagna #ad - It was but the first of many times in their journey that the kindness of strangers and the ever-present Italian penchant for hospitality overwhelmed them. They called their wanderings Pinball Traveling—Letting the beauty and people of Italy guide their journey. Among the shipboard romantics was a not-so-young couple on their much-delayed honeymoon.
Buon viaggio! Once again. The surprises began before they got out of the harbor. If someone extended a hand of friendship, they had the opportunity to accept it. After two weeks at sea the Oosterdam docked in Civitavecchia, Italy. Mysteries abound in this life—and their sojourn in southern Italy and the warm-hearted Italians they met gave them eyes to take a fresh look at their high-spirited marriage.
An Italian Love Story: Surprise and Joy on the Amalfi Coast Italian Journeys Book 2 #ad - James ernest shaw sweeps armchair travelers along on the honeymoon he and his wife delayed for decades. In italy they rediscover the magic of love amid the pleasures and people of a country that has been seducing visitors for centuries. James ernest shaw has written an italian masterpiece!” ~ barbara taggert coleman “belissima love story! james ernest shaw has shined the light on the true treasure of Italy—its people! Bravo!” ~ EGF “An Italian Love Story” is simply one of the best reads and true love stories you'll ever read!” ~ Jane Jones “Steve, this is the book I was telling you about! SO good!” ~ Janet M “Extremely talented writer!!” ~ Debra Whaley “A Journey of the Heart.
I stayed up most of the night.
Not in a Tuscan Villa: During a year in Italy, a New Jersey couple discovers the true Dolce Vita when they trade rose-colored glasses for 3DsChartiers Creek Press #ad - Part memoir, part commentary, quirky and sincere, Not in a Tuscan Villa is about having the courage to step out of your comfort zone and do something challenging in later life. Within days their dream becomes a nightmare. After residing in two italian cities, and customs, friends, negotiating the roads and healthcare, themselves, discovering art, the Petralias learn more than they anticipate--about Italy, food, what it means to be American, and what's important in life.
What happens if you decide to make a dream come true? Newly retired and looking for more than a vacation, John and Nancy Petralia intrepidly pack a few suitcases and head to the "perfect" Italian city. The adventure recaptures the Petralia's youth, rekindles their romance--and changes their lives forever.