Lady in the Palazzo: At Home in Umbria

Lady in the Palazzo: At Home in Umbria

by Marlena De Blasi

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From village feasts and rustic tavernas to ancient piazzas and moonlit balconies, the smells and tastes and sounds and soul of Umbria come alive in bestselling author Marlena de Blasi's evocative memoir. Unabridged. 8 CDs.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780786296712
Publisher: Gale Group
Publication date: 07/18/2007
Series: Thorndike Nonfiction Ser.
Edition description: Large Print
Pages: 417
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.60(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

An American chef and food and wine journalist, Marlena de Blasi has written five memoirs, a novel, and two books about the regional foods of Italy. She lives with her husband in the Umbrian hilltown of Orvieto. Her work has been translated into twenty-six languages.

Table of Contents

Part One: The Next House

1. A Life Lived Well Moves Backward
2. Truth, Hard and Ho, Has Its Pleasures
3. Once in a While, Let Life Shape Itself
4. Life Is Lived in Epochs

Part Two: Waiting for a Ballroom

5. That’s Umbria Out There
6. Everywhere in Orvieto This Is the Suspicion of Glory
7. Bombastes Is Back in Town
8. Umbria Is Italy Unmingled
9. She Says People Need to Be Together as Much as They Need to Eat
10. Besides, They All Have Something of the Ass about Them, Chou
11. I Preferred One Waltz with a Beauty to a Lifetime with Someone Less Rare
12. Wait until Midnight If You Can
13. Sleep Well and Rise Early to an Exuberance of Bells
14. Most All of Us Abide in Ruins
15. I’d Like to Have Hair the Color of Hot Copper Wires
16. And Be Careful of Edgardo d’Onofrio
17. The Orvietani
18. We’re Going to Live in a Ballroom, Fernando. Isn’t That the Most Wonderful Thing You Ever Heard?
19. Brahms at Eight O’Clock from Across the Vicolo

Part Three: In Via del Duomo

20. Where I Come From, We Invite Our Neighbors and Friends to Supper
21. Black Ties and Party Dresses
22. Would the Lady Be Pleased by a Waltz?

The Feast

Pan-Sautéed Winter Pears with Pecorino and Walnut Focaccia
Umbrichelli with Olivada
Leg of Spiced Pork Slow-Braised in Red Wine with Prunes
Roasted Chestnut Polenta
Brown Sugar Gelato with Caramelized Blood Oranges
Warm Sambuca Fritters


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The Lady in the Palazzo: At Home in Umbria 3.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
nemoman on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
De Blasi's books always seem a bit self-obsessed to me - perhaps because I am a father of a "recovering" teenage drama queen. She could be a lot more engaging as a writer if her books did'nt scream "look at me" but instead "look at the culture." I read this because I collect all things Italy. If, however, you are looking for a good travel book on Umbria, there are many choices I would recommend before this one.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago