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.
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 EpochsPart 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 VicoloPart 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 Acknowledgements
The Lady in the Palazzo: At Home in Umbria 3.5 out of 5based on
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.