Book #2! I was reading this one at the same time at the Decline and Fall of Rome so I didn't poke my eyeballs out.
This book is: 1000 Days in Tuscany
This was under the category: A Book about Somewhere You Love
This is a story of the author who moved to Italy once her children were grown, met a man, fell in love and stayed. Her first book was 1000 days in Venice, and once they moved to Tuscany, she decided it was time to write again.
The author is an American chef as well as an author and her new husband was a banker in Venice. Her husband wants a change, so they uproot their lives and moved to a quiet country side in Tuscany. They move into a small, renovated stable that they rent from a local family. They fall in love with the area and the people. Especially two people called Barlozzo and Farlina who show them the town. The new couple become intertwined in the town - helping with the olive harvest, and the grape harvest. They spend each evening at the local pub where a local family cooks and people gather to tell stories. They eat rich foods and learn to cook the local fair for themselves. They dream of opening a tour company to host people visiting the Tuscan area.
This was a pretty good book. IT is short, and moves quickly. I found myself starving a little more with each chapter. The Tuscan area is part of our vacation to Italy so I was mentally cataloging the delicious food she was eating. I think it would be amazing to be able to retire to a small town in the Italian country side and do nothing but feast on the delicious food.
If you are interested in constant talk about food, then check out this book. I would say if you are looking for a more indepth story, this isn't the book for you. She goes over the top talking about eating and food preparation, that I even felt that it was a bit too much. But - if you are looking for ideas of new meals to cook, take a look.