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The Lady in the Palazzo
     

The Lady in the Palazzo

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by Marlena de Blasi
 

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Marlena di Blasi seduced readers to fall in love with Venice, then Tuscany, with her popular and critically acclaimed books A Thousand Days in Venice and A Thousand Days in Tuscany. 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

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Marlena di Blasi seduced readers to fall in love with Venice, then Tuscany, with her popular and critically acclaimed books A Thousand Days in Venice and A Thousand Days in Tuscany. 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 and counts and 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.

Editorial Reviews

Entertainment Weekly
"De Blasi doesn't so much observe life as devour it. . . .Her robust appetite for life saturates the book."—Entertainment Weekly
Philadelphia Inquirer
"At the heart of this memoir is the continuing love story of a later-in-life romance. . . . Wow!"—The Philadelphia Inqurier
Pages Magazine
"Perfect for armchair travelers, foodies, or any reader who loves a romantic story about the joy of discovery in a foreign land."—Pages
Rocky Mount (NC) Telegram
“[De Blasi’s] poetic writing style, her meditative internal monologues, her celebration of traditional foods and her inclusion of a number of recipes from the region, make this a feast for armchair travelers, food enthusiasts, romantics and anyone who enjoys a good story with a happy ending.” –Rocky Mount (NC) Telegram
From the Publisher
“[De Blasi’s] poetic writing style, her meditative internal monologues, her celebration of traditional foods and her inclusion of a number of recipes from the region, make this a feast for armchair travelers, food enthusiasts, romantics and anyone who enjoys a good story with a happy ending.” –Rocky Mount (NC) Telegram

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781565126107
Publisher:
Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill
Publication date:
05/28/2008
Pages:
317
Sales rank:
248,133
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.10(h) x 0.90(d)

Meet 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.

Brief Biography

Hometown:
Orvieto, a hilltown in Umbria
Place of Birth:
Schenectady, New York
Education:
B.A., State University of New York at Albany; graduate studies in political science, New York University

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Lady in the Palazzo 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
Lianna1 More than 1 year ago
Immerse yourself in the joys, unexpected road bumps, and culture of life in Italy! Marlena De Blasi writes with great insight, empathy and humor as she tells of her continuing journey and love story in the Umbrian region of Italy. Purchasing their first home in the town of Orvieto becomes a lesson in patience for Marlena and her husband Fernando, especially having to wind their way through a renovation process and the Italian Bureaucracy. As in her other two books, Marlena brings to life the characters she meets and the flavors of life as an American expatriot living a new life with her Italian husband. Being a noted chef,De Blasi shares recipes and foods of the regions, with her readers. This book is not only a feast for the eyes, but also for the senses.
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luvbuks More than 1 year ago
This was an ok book. Very slow going & it was hard to get to know the characters. Even the main characters never really came to life. I don't even remember her name & it's only been two weeks.