Under the Tuscan Sun

It's grape harvesting time in parts of Italy -- then chestnuts in October followed by olive harvests in late November. I'd like to watch such a harvest; however, I'll have to do so vicariously from the comfort of my home and favorite chair for reading. I'm thinking about this not because I want to be a farmer, but because one of my favorite books has been made into a movie, Under the Tuscan Sun. That book and another, The Sixteen Pleasures, caused me to begin a love affair, as is only fitting toward objects Italian, with the notion of travel. Let's invite ourselves to a trip -- our comfy chairs are waiting...

A Thousand Days In Tuscany: A Bittersweet Adventure

By Marlena de Blasi

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American chef Marlena de Blasi and her Venetian husband, Fernando, married rather late in life. In search of the rhythms of country living, the couple moves to a barely renovated former stable in Tuscany with no phone, no central heating, and something resembling a playhouse kitchen. They dwell among two hundred villagers, ancient olive groves, and hot Etruscan springs. In this patch of earth where Tuscany, Umbria, and Lazio collide, there is much to feed de Blasi's two passions--food and love.

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