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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 11, 2000

    Truly Authentic!

    I thoroughly enjoyed Diary of a Tuscan Chef for a variety of reasons, but the principal one was because of its authenticity. My father, who immigrated to the U.S. in 1921, was born in Pieve San Stefano, the village where the author Casella was born and where the Ristorante Vipore is located. From my father came his love of great food, great wine, and above all, his memorable stories of his beloved Tuscan countryside. As I read Casella's vignettes (my cousin Beppe was mentioned in one!), I was transported back to the Lucca I knew through my dad's eyes, and through my own subsequent visits (I ate a 3 hour lunch at Vipore in 1966!). From these pages, I could once again savor the freshness of the food, taste the excellence of the wine, and identify with the warm, at time slightly 'pazzo' stories, which primarily centered around family, friends and food. From a language point of view, I also enjoyed the translation into English where at times some of the same sentence structure of Italian were retained in Casella's English words. This approach conveyed not only a love of wonderful food and wine, but gave a sense of the beauty and richness of the Italian language. Auguri, Cesare e Eileen!

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