A Thousand Days in Venice

A Thousand Days in Venice
Author: Marlena De Blasi
Publsiher: Virago Press (UK)
Total Pages: 243
Release: 2003
ISBN: 9781844080205
Category: Venice (Italy)
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

A Thousand Days in Venice Book Excerpt:

When Marlena de Blasi traveled to Italy, she expected to fall in love with the country, not to be swept away by a Venetian man. Filled with the foods and flavors of Italy, "A Thousand Days in Venice" is an enchanting story.

A Thousand Days in Venice

A Thousand Days in Venice
Author: Marlena de Blasi
Publsiher: Algonquin Books
Total Pages: 258
Release: 2013-06-11
ISBN: 1616202750
Category: Biography & Autobiography
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

A Thousand Days in Venice Book Excerpt:

An American chef meets the love of her life among the beautiful canals and exquisite cuisine of Venice—“better than a romance novel, it’s the real thing” (New Orleans Times-Picayune). Fernando first sees Marlena across the Piazza San Marco and falls in love from afar. When he sees her again in a Venice café a year later, he knows it’s fate. He knows little English; she, a divorced American chef traveling through Italy, speaks only food-based Italian. Marlena thought she was done with romantic love, incapable of intimacy. Yet within months of their first meeting, she quits her job, sells her house in St. Louis, kisses her two grown sons goodbye, and moves to Venice to marry “the stranger,” as she calls Fernando. This deliciously satisfying memoir is filled with the foods and flavors of Italy and peppered with culinary observations and recipes. But the main course here is an enchanting true story about a woman who falls in love with both a man and a city, and finally finds the home she didn’t even know she was missing. “An irresistible grown-up love story.” —USA Today

A Thousand Days in Tuscany

A Thousand Days in Tuscany
Author: Marlena de Blasi
Publsiher: Algonquin Books
Total Pages: 337
Release: 2004-11-01
ISBN: 1565125908
Category: Biography & Autobiography
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

A Thousand Days in Tuscany Book Excerpt:

American chef and author of A Thousand Days in Venice moves to rural Tuscany, where she and her husband discover village secrets of food, life, and love. Searching for the rhythms of country living, American chef Marlena de Blasi and her Venetian husband, Fernando, move to a barely renovated former stable in Tuscany. They dwell among two hundred villagers, ancient olive groves, and hot Etruscan springs. In this patch of earth where Tuscany, Umbria, and Lazio collide, there is much to feed de Blasi’s two passions—food and love. In A Thousand Days in Tuscany, de Blasi brings us along as she and Fernando harvest grapes, gather chestnuts, forage for wild mushrooms, and climb trees in the cold of December to pick olives, one by one. They befriend the mesmeric Barlozzo, a self-styled village chieftain whose stories lead de Blasi deeper into the soul of Tuscany. Together they visit sacred festivals and taste just-pressed olive oil, drizzled over roasted country bread. In a cauldron set over a wood fire, they braise beans in red wine, and a stew of wild boar simmers overnight in the ashes of their hearth. Barlozzo shares his knowledge of Italian farming traditions and ancient health potions, 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. Like the pleasurable tastes and textures of a fine meal, A Thousand Days in Tuscany is as satisfying as it is enticing. The author’s own recipes are included.

A Summer Jaunt of One Hundred Days in Europe

A Summer Jaunt of One Hundred Days in Europe
Author: W. T. Ellis
Publsiher: Unknown
Total Pages: 221
Release: 1885
ISBN: 1928374650XXX
Category: Europe
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

A Summer Jaunt of One Hundred Days in Europe Book Excerpt:

A Thousand Days in Tuscany

A Thousand Days in Tuscany
Author: Marlena De Blasi
Publsiher: Large Print Press
Total Pages: 395
Release: 2005
ISBN: 9780786271757
Category: Fiction
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

A Thousand Days in Tuscany Book Excerpt:

From the author of the national bestseller "A Thousand Days in Venice" comes this sumptuous, passionate memoir of a life in rural Tuscany that dazzles the senses.

An Umbrian Love Story

An Umbrian Love Story
Author: Marlena de Blasi
Publsiher: Allen & Unwin
Total Pages: 354
Release: 2009
ISBN: 1741756553
Category: Dwellings
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

An Umbrian Love Story Book Excerpt:

From the author of the best-selling A Thousand Days in Venice. Love, food, renovations, recipes and wine - this is a gorgeously lush and evocative account of when Marlena moved with her beloved Fernando to the beautiful town of Orvieto, in Umbria.;

The Passionate Olive

The Passionate Olive
Author: Carol Firenze
Publsiher: Ballantine Books
Total Pages: 272
Release: 2011-04-20
ISBN: 030748940X
Category: Reference
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Passionate Olive Book Excerpt:

For more than four thousand years, the olive tree has been a symbol of abundance, peace, and longevity. Gifted by a goddess, revered by ancient cultures, and protected by emperors, the olive tree and its precious fruit have played important roles in civilization. Dubbed “liquid gold” by Homer, olive oil has been used for food, medicine, magic, beauty, and divine rituals. Baseball star Joe DiMaggio is even said to have soaked his bat in olive oil. And while it is no longer drawn upon to treat leprosy or massage elephants, the use of this versatile product is growing by leaps and bounds around the world. The Passionate Olive is the ultimate guide to this natural marvel. Along with olive legends and fascinating history, Carol Firenze shares the myriad practical uses of olive oil through the telling of her favorite family stories and by offering unique formulas and recipes. Restore luster to your pearls . . . curb your cat’s hair-ball problems . . . silence squeaky doors hinges . . . soothe your sore throat and dry lips . . . replace artery-clogging butter in your favorite dishes with . . . can you guess? The Passionate Olive reveals the secrets of how to enhance your life, love, and health with olive oil and merits a front-and-center spot among your most cherished books. It makes a beautiful gift, too, for just about everyone and every occasion. In fact, you and your friends will want to keep The Passionate Olive and a bottle of olive oil in your kitchen, your bathroom, and even your bedroom.

Amandine

Amandine
Author: Marlena de Blasi
Publsiher: Ballantine Books
Total Pages: 336
Release: 2010-05-18
ISBN: 0345521927
Category: Fiction
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Amandine Book Excerpt:

Marlena de Blasi, the acclaimed author of such delectable memoirs as A Thousand Days in Venice and That Summer in Sicily, now brings her luminous prose to the world of fiction with this remarkable debut novel. Set against the backdrop of Europe as it moves inexorably toward World War II, Amandine follows a young orphan’s journey in search of her heritage. The story opens in Krakow in 1931, as a baby girl is conceived out of wedlock, the byproduct of a foolish heart and a tragic inheritance. The child’s grandmother, a countess, believes that she is protecting her daughter when she claims that the baby didn’t survive. In truth, however, she deposits the infant at a remote convent in the French countryside, leaving her with a great sum of money and in the care of a young governess named Solange. Solange takes it upon herself to give the child a distinctive name, Amandine, and the two form a special bond. But even Solange’s unconditional love cannot protect her charge. Mistrusted by both the abbess and the convent girls, the unusually astute and curious Amandine finds her childhood filled with challenges and questions: Who is she? Where does she come from? Eventually, Solange is forced to choose between the terrors of the convent and those of a global war looming outside its doors. Thus, with a purseful of worthless francs and a sack of provisions, the two flee north toward Solange’s childhood home. But what should have been a two-day journey by train becomes a perilous, years-long odyssey across Occupied France—and deeper into the treacheries of war. Tracing the flight of Amandine and Solange while peering into the lives of the countess and her daughter, Amandine’s mother, who still mourns and dreams of the child she thinks she lost forever, Marlena de Blasi’s epic novel winds its way toward a dramatic and compelling conclusion, as mother and daughter draw ever nearer. Amandine is a sumptuous tale of identity and survival, persistent hope and unexpected love.

A Thousand Days in Venice

A Thousand Days in Venice
Author: Marlena De Blasi
Publsiher: Algonquin Books
Total Pages: 272
Release: 2002
ISBN: 9781565123212
Category: Biography & Autobiography
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

A Thousand Days in Venice Book Excerpt:

Chronicles the life of the chef and food writer from the beginning of her relationship with Fernando through her move from St. Louis to Venice to marry him, and recounts her efforts to adjust to her marriage and to her new country.

Magic Words

Magic Words
Author: Craig Conley
Publsiher: Weiser Books
Total Pages: 360
Release: 2008-10-01
ISBN: 1609250508
Category: Body, Mind & Spirit
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Magic Words Book Excerpt:

Magic Words: A Dictionary is a oneofakind resource for armchair linguists, popculture enthusiasts, Pagans, Wiccans, magicians, and trivia nuts alike. Brimming with the most intriguing magic words and phrases from around the world and illustrated throughout with magical symbols and icons, Magic Words is a dictionary like no other. More than sevenhundred essay style entries describe the origins of magical words as well as historical and popular variations and fascinating trivia. With sources ranging from ancient Medieval alchemists to modern stage magicians, necromancers, and wizards of legend to miracle workers throughout time, Magic Words is a must have for any scholar of magic, language, history, and culture.

Food Lit

Food Lit
Author: Melissa Brackney Stoeger
Publsiher: ABC-CLIO
Total Pages: 350
Release: 2013
ISBN: 1598847066
Category: Cooking
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Food Lit Book Excerpt:

An essential tool for assisting leisure readers interested in topics surrounding food, this unique book contains annotations and read-alikes for hundreds of nonfiction titles about the joys of comestibles and cooking.

Going Places

Going Places
Author: Robert Burgin
Publsiher: ABC-CLIO
Total Pages: 572
Release: 2013-01
ISBN: 1598849727
Category: Language Arts & Disciplines
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Going Places Book Excerpt:

Successfully navigate the rich world of travel narratives and identify fiction and nonfiction read-alikes with this detailed and expertly constructed guide.

A Year in High Heels

A Year in High Heels
Author: Camilla Morton
Publsiher: Hachette UK
Total Pages: 528
Release: 2011-05-26
ISBN: 144471709X
Category: Crafts & Hobbies
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

A Year in High Heels Book Excerpt:

If your resolutions tend to look much the same from one year to another and you are suffering from the suspicion that someone, somewhere is having more fun that you, then you need something to revitalise your lust for life. A YEAR IN HIGH HEELS is here to help. This book will guide you through the months with a perfectly co-ordinated combination of culture and challenges. With a monthly muse to inspire, and a suggested title for that soon-to-be-formed book club, dumbing down is so last season. Erin O'Connor, Diane von Furstenberg, Matthew Williamson and others share their secrets about their favourite places - so the next time you check in you'll know what to check out - while Dita von Teese, Anya Hindmarch and Christian Lacroix show you how to undress, how to go green and how to appreciate opera. Eclectic, practical and fantastical, A YEAR IN HIGH HEELS is crammed with fascinating stories, inspiring ideas and surprisingly sensible advice. Forget who, when, why and what to wear. Get ready to wow!

The Lady in the Palazzo

The Lady in the Palazzo
Author: Marlena de Blasi
Publsiher: Algonquin Books
Total Pages: 338
Release: 2008-05-27
ISBN: 1565126483
Category: Biography & Autobiography
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Lady in the Palazzo Book Excerpt:

The chef and author of A Thousand Days in Tuscany takes in the flavor of Umbria while fixing up a dilapidated palazzo with her husband—includes recipes. Marlena di Blasi seduced readers to fall in love with Venice, then Tuscany, with her critically acclaimed books about her experiences in those enchanting Italian regions. Now she takes readers on a journey into the heart of Orvieto, an ancient city in the less-trodden region of Umbria. Rich with history and a vivid sense of place, her tale is by turns romantic and sensual, joyous and celebratory, as she and her husband search for a home in this city on a hill—finding one that turns out to be the former ballroom of a dilapidated sixteenth-century palazzo. Along the way, de Blasi befriends an array of colorful characters, including cooks, counts, shepherds, and a lone violinist—cooking her way into the hearts of her Umbrian neighbors. Brimming with life and kissed by romance, The Lady in the Palazzo perfectly captures the essence of a singular place and offers up a feast—and the recipes to prepare it!—for readers of all stripes.

Erica James Seven Great Novels

Erica James   Seven Great Novels
Author: Erica James
Publsiher: Hachette UK
Total Pages: 2240
Release: 2013-04-04
ISBN: 1409139689
Category: Fiction
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Erica James Seven Great Novels Book Excerpt:

Seven brilliant novels from one of contemporary women's fiction's best writers. Full of Erica James's signature warmth, wit and compelling characters. Comprises: AIRS AND GRACES; ACT OF FAITH; PRECIOUS TIME; HIDDEN TALENTS; LOVE AND DEVOTION; GARDENS OF DELIGHT; TELL IT TO THE SKIES.

To Florence con amore 90 ways to love the city

To Florence con amore  90 ways to love the city
Author: Jane Fortune
Publsiher: TheFlorentinePress
Total Pages: 240
Release: 2011
ISBN: 8890243481
Category: Travel
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

To Florence con amore 90 ways to love the city Book Excerpt:

"From famous frescos and family restaurants to meditative spots that soothe the soul, To Florence... reveals unsung treasures and fascinating cultural gems. ...intimate collection of "must-sees" is an indispensable guide...."-- Back cover.

The Floating Book

The Floating Book
Author: Michelle Lovric
Publsiher: A&C Black
Total Pages: 448
Release: 2013-06-03
ISBN: 140884284X
Category: Business & Economics
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Floating Book Book Excerpt:

Venice, 1468. Sosia Simeon, a free-spirited sensualist, is the lover of many men in the fabled city, though married to one she despises. On the edge of the Grand Canal, Wendelin von Speyer sets up the first printing press in Venice and looks for the book that will make his fortune. When he tempts fate by publishing Catullus, the poet whose desperate and unrequited love inspired the most tender and erotic poems of antiquity, a scandal is set in motion that will change all their lives forever.

More Book Lust

More Book Lust
Author: Nancy Pearl
Publsiher: Sasquatch Books
Total Pages: 304
Release: 2009-09-29
ISBN: 1570616558
Category: Literary Criticism
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

More Book Lust Book Excerpt:

The response to Nancy Pearl’s surprise bestseller Book Lust was astounding: the Seattle librarian even became the model for the now-famous Librarian Action Figure. Readers everywhere welcomed Pearl’s encyclopedic but discerning filter on books worth reading, and her Rule of 50 (give a book 50 pages before deciding whether to continue; but readers over 50 must read the same number of pages as their age) became a standard MO.

Tuscan Secrets

Tuscan Secrets
Author: Marlena De Blasi
Publsiher: Allen & Unwin
Total Pages: 325
Release: 2007
ISBN: 1741752612
Category: Cooking, Italian
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Tuscan Secrets Book Excerpt:

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.

The Memoir Book

The Memoir Book
Author: Patti Miller
Publsiher: Allen & Unwin
Total Pages: 204
Release: 2008-03
ISBN: 9781741149067
Category: Language Arts & Disciplines
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Memoir Book Book Excerpt:

Presents a clear, engaging, and practical 'know-how' on writing a memoir, by Australia's foremost teacher and practitioner of memoir writing, Patti Miller.