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A Thousand Days in Tuscany: A Bittersweet Adventure

by Marlena de Blasi

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I think at this point there must be a whole genre/category built up around people who chuck it all and move to either Italy or France, live in run-down, dilapidated houses, discover la dolce vita and then write books about it. I am their target market.

This is a follow up to her previous book A Thousand Days in Venice which I have not read, and it works fine on its own. The writing is philosophical, sometimes overly so, and occasionally florid, but overall it's engrossing. There's a definite air of self-satisfaction that almost crosses over into smugness, but doesn't; the narrative isn't about the author finding her bliss - she's already done that - but more about her awareness of her bliss. It works better than it sounds like it should, although probably not as well as it could have.

The subtitle of this book is A Bittersweet Adventure and it is rightly titled (although it's not a thousand days, but merely a year, so maybe not). I won't say more because I'd hate anyone considering this read to stumble on to this review and be spoiled.

Not sorry to have read it at all, even if others have appealed to me more. ( )
  murderbydeath | Oct 30, 2016 |
Ah, Tuscany! High on my bucket list, and this book just whetted my appetite further. I can imagine living in this old farmhouse in the ancient village, creating traditions and eating good food. Delightful. ( )
  GovMarley | Oct 7, 2014 |
A most excellent read. Heart warming stories. Wonderful recipes. I love her work. ( )
  Harrod | Nov 7, 2012 |
After reading "A Thousand Days in Venice" a few years ago, I found this one and remembered what a treasure "Venice" had been, and I couldn't help but wonder what Marlena and Fernando were doing, wherever their journey carried them. The subtitle - "A Bittersweet Adventure" - is most certainly apt; this being a book that would probably make just about anyone feel a bit sad and introspective. Nevertheless, my interest remains piqued and I will be tracking down de Blasi's next memoir to see where they went next and who they met next. And, of course, to get a few more glimpses into the scrumptious foods and drinks she so temptingly describes.

Here are a few notable quotations from the book:

"It's the table and the bed that count in life. And everything else we do, we do so we can get back to the table, back to the bed."

"Maybe the only thing that matters is to make our lives last as long as we do. You know, to make a life last until it ends, to make all the parts come out even, like when you rub the last piece of bread in the last drop of oil on your plate and eat it with the last sip of wine in your glass."

"Beware of the tyranny of the giver. The giver has more cards than the getter. Or perceives it so. Yet how often is the giver giving to gain control, or at the least, the sanction to plunder the givee's life, how and when he may." ( )
  susanaudrey | Dec 26, 2011 |
Marlena De Blasi has my dream job! She writes, travels and eats. Perfect. This book inspired me to make a Tuscan Flatbread with sea salt and rosemary. For full review and a pretty photo of my loaf of flatbread, check me out here:
http://www.novelmeals.com/2011/08/thousand-days-in-tuscany-by-marlena-de.html ( )
  SquirrelHead | Aug 28, 2011 |
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Because being here is much, and because all this that's here, so fleeting, seems to require us and strangely concerns us. Us the most fleeting of all. Everyone just once, once only. Just once, and no more. And we too, once. And never again. But this having been once, although only once, to have been of the Earth seems irrevocable.
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They had met and married on perilously short acquaintance, she an American chef and food writer, he a Venetian banker. Now they were taking another audacious leap, unstitching their ties with exquisite Venice to live in a roughly renovated stable in Tuscany.

Once again, it was love at first sight. Love for the timeless countryside and the ancient village of San Casciano dei Bagni, for the local vintage and the magnificent cooking, for the Tuscan sky and the friendly church bells. Love especially for old Barlozzo, the village mago, who escorts the newcomers to Tuscany’s seasonal festivals; gives them roasted country bread drizzled with just-pressed olive oil; invites them to gather chestnuts, harvest grapes, hunt truffles; and teaches them to caress the simple pleasures of each precious day. It’s Barlozzo who guides them across the minefields of village history and into the warm and fiercely beating heart of love itself.

A Thousand Days in Tuscany is set in one of the most beautiful places on earth–and tucked into its fragrant corners are luscious recipes (including one for the only true bruschetta) directly from the author’s private collection.

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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 and detailing their participation in local life and culinary discoveries.

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