Tuscan Secrets

A bittersweet adventure

Marlena de Blasi
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From the author of the bestselling A Thousand Days in Venice, these are the further adventures of Marlena and Fernando and their experiences as they move to a small village in Tuscany. Originally published as Dolce e Salata, this is another delicious combination of authentic Italian life, food, recipes, love and memoir.

'You can't help being won over by its charm . . .' - Canberra Times

Reluctantly leaving Venice behind her, Marlena de Blasi travels with her Italian husband south to begin their new adventure. It's in San Casciano dei Bagni, a small Tuscan village that Marlena and Fernando hope to find a rural way of life in which they can both share.

Almost immediately, Barlozzo, a gruff, charming Tuscan who has lived in San Casciano all of his life, appears as their guide. Through him, Marlena and Fernando explore the old rhythms of country life linked to the growing seasons. Barlozzo's fascinating stories lead Marlena and Fernando to the regional festivals, to taste just-pressed olive oil drizzled over roasted country bread, and zucchini blossoms, fried to a golden lightness and sprayed with sea-salted water. Barlozzo shares his knowledge of farming traditions, ancient health potions and artisan food makers 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.

Beautifully combining Marlena's passions, Tuscan Secrets also weaves Marlena's enticing recipes through this utterly delightful memoir of food, travel and love.

'Rich in both personal and historical detail, and coupled with her tremendous recipes, this is a winner.' - Family Circle

Author bio:

Marlena de Blasi is the bestselling author of A Thousand Days in Venice and has been a chef, a journalist, a food and wine consultant and a restaurant critic. She is also the author of two cookbooks of Italian food. She and her husband, Fernando, moved from Venice to San Casciano (where Tuscan Secrets is set) and now live in Orvieto. Marlena and Fernando also run their own business leading small gastronomic tours through Tuscany and Umbria.

Category: Travel writing
ISBN: 9781741752618
Publisher: Allen & Unwin
Imprint: Allen & Unwin
Pub Date: April 2007
Page Extent: 336
Format: Paperback - B format
Age: 0 - 0
Subject: Travel writing