A Year in the Village of Eternity: The Lifestyle of Longevity in Campodimele, Italy

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Welcome to the Village of Eternity. Campodimele, Italy, has for some time attracted the interest of the medical community: the people here lead extraordinarily long lives, enjoy low blood pressure and low cholesterol, and stay active and healthy to their last years.
What is it about this place that makes it so easy to live well and long? In A Year in the Village of Eternity, Tracey Lawson goes beyond the medical figures, immersing herself in the lifestyle and timeless eating ...
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Overview


Welcome to the Village of Eternity. Campodimele, Italy, has for some time attracted the interest of the medical community: the people here lead extraordinarily long lives, enjoy low blood pressure and low cholesterol, and stay active and healthy to their last years.
What is it about this place that makes it so easy to live well and long? In A Year in the Village of Eternity, Tracey Lawson goes beyond the medical figures, immersing herself in the lifestyle and timeless eating habits of this vibrant place. Daybreak in Campodimele finds villagers in their seventies and eighties rising to tend their olive trees, chasing their chickens uphill, or weaving through mountain roads on a Vespa.
In Campodimele, the seasons and the bounty of the land dictate the food on the table, and each month brings its own traditions of harvesting and foraging, cooking and preserving. The villagers are warm and welcoming, sharing the recipes handed down from generation to generation, and Lawson offers over one hundred of those same recipes here, from simply dressed salads to homemade sausages and fresh egg pasta. She introduces us to the cicerchie, a legume particular to this elevated spot, high in protein and free of cholesterol, and key to zuppa della nonna, "grandmother's soup." There's lamb cooked over charcoal; a zucchini soup that uses stalks, leaves, and flowers; preserved sweet red peppers; fig jam; and celebratory sweets like almond cake and a ricotta tart with cinnamon.
With beautiful photographs of the dishes, the people, and the countryside of Campodimele, A Year in the Village of Eternity brims with warmth, generosity, tradition, and flavor. Here we can learn secrets not only of living longer, but of living every moment to the fullest.
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Publishers Weekly
Intrigued about reports of super longevity in the inhabitants of a mountainous Italian village situated between Rome and Naples, British journalist Lawson decided to spend time there and uncover their secret to long life. As she discusses, in this rich and engaging narrative, while genetics accounts for 30% of the good health of the citizens of Campodimele, nestled in the Aurunci Mountains, the remaining 70% is based on a combination of "hyper-Mediterranean" diet (consisting of olive oil; beans and pulses; meat mostly from goats and sheep rather than bovine; fish; red wine; and only a little salt and sweets), an active and social lifestyle until very old age, and a daily routine geared toward the changing light, weather, agriculture, and seasons. Lawson's narrative follows the seasons in a country year, delineating the culinary routines of the typical Campodimele resident and cook, who tends her own garden in the back of her house, shakes her own olives from the trees in the orchard, kills her own pig for a year's supply of salsiccia (sausage), bakes her own bread (from her homegrown flour, naturally), and makes her own amarena (sour cherries) jam and stores of bottled tomato sauce for the winter. Lawson beautifully describes food at its simplest and finest—green fava beans, homemade ribbonlike pasta, zucchini and hot peppers, shallots, and baby goat. (Aug.)
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"Magnificent…Passion for food oozes through Lawson’s book. Her fresh, luscious prose stirs the senses. Most of all, the book makes you want to cook, and she has provided dozens of recipes to satiate that impulse." - Washington Post

“A lovely meditation on the foods, lives, recipes, and traditions of this area of Italy, this will appeal to travelers and foodies.” –Library Journal
"Rich and engaging… Lawson's narrative follows the seasons in a country year, delineating the culinary routines of the typical Campodimele resident and cook… Lawson beautifully describes food at its simplest and finest--green fava beans, homemade ribbonlike pasta, zucchini and hot peppers, shallots, and baby goat." - Publishers Weekly 

Library Journal
Lawson, a British journalist, first visited Campodimele, Italy, to write about the health and longevity of its residents. Midway between Rome and Naples, Campodimele ("field of honey") is home to people whose life expectancy averages 95. Inhabitants share hard work, self-sufficiency, and traditions. They live with the changing of the farming seasons, church festivals, and the rhythms of nature—and really good food. Lawson's tribute to Campodimele is organized by month, from the olive harvest of January through the first wild asparagus of March, the wood harvest of July that will provide logs for the wood-fired ovens, and boar hunting in November. Bread is baked daily using sourdough starter that may be generations old, and everyone has a garden. Wild fruits, figs, sausages, tomatoes, and amarene cherries are preserved for winter. Many of the exquisitely delicious meals have their roots in cucina povera, the hungry times when the land was scoured for food. VERDICT A lovely meditation on the foods, lives, recipes, and traditions of this area of Italy, this will appeal to travelers and foodies.—Melissa Stearns, Franklin Pierce Univ. Lib., Rindge, NH
Kirkus Reviews

A small Italian village's secret to the Fountain of Youth.

Deep in the heart of the Aurunci range on the shores of central Italy lies a village where the average life expectancy for both men and women is 95, earning it the sobriquetIl Paese dell'Eterna Giovinezza(The Village of Eternal Youth). This fact caught the attention of British journalist Lawson, who traveled to Campodimele to investigate the phenomenon. "I came to Campodimele hoping I might learn how to live longer, but discovered something much more important—how to live well," she writes. The author's lighthearted mix of recipes and anecdotes are written with delicate prose that pays homage to the area's lifestyle and emphasizes the value of subtleties attributed to the residents' longevity. Lawson divides the sections by month, focusing on what the seasonal harvest brings—snails, wild boar, asparagus and more. Lawson observes that Italians don't "need an official call to celebrate. A new crop is a chance to invite your neighbors for lunch and enjoy the first fava beans of the year; a sunny day is an excuse for a walk in the mountains and meat grilled over an open wood fire; the start of the hunting season is the moment to gather friends for dinner to share your first kill of the year." It's an ideology she soon embraced. The author's account of a year in Campodimele doesn't burden readers with scientific information involving genetics, environment and diet. Rather, it captures the essence of everyday life.

Delightfully transports readers into the kitchens and the spirits of the villagers' longstanding customs.

Timothy R. Smith
Passion for food oozes through Lawson's book. Her fresh, luscious prose stirs the senses. Most of all, the book makes you want to cook, and she has provided dozens of recipes to satiate that impulse.
—The Washington Post
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781596915022
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury USA
  • Publication date: 8/16/2011
  • Pages: 384
  • Sales rank: 568,312
  • Product dimensions: 6.22 (w) x 9.54 (h) x 1.32 (d)

Meet the Author


Tracey Lawson discovered the joys of Italy's cuisine and lifestyle while teaching English in Tuscany. She spent a decade as a journalist, writing and reporting for several British newspapers, and she edited the food and health pages for the Scotsman before relocating to Italy. Lawson now divides her time between Italy and Britain. A Year in the Village of Eternity is her first book.
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Table of Contents

The Eternal Table 1

January The Tree of Life 17

A Pig for All Seasons 25

February The Mountain Gives You Everything 37

Carnival 45

March Cinnamon Season 65

Looking for Mamma 78

April The First Sign of Spring 91

Carciofini for the Cantina 98

Morning on the Mountain 111

May Salad Days 121

Form the Hen House 128

Shallots on the Piazza 138

June Snails for San Onofrio 147

Every Part of the Plant 156

July Out of the Woods 165

Potatoes Like Parsley 172

Forty days in the Sun 183

Heavenly Nightshade 193

August Coming Around Again 209

From Field to Forno 221

The Meat of the Poor 234

September Something Hot … 249

The Bottle 258

Summer Suspended 270

October Under the Pergola, In the Orchard 281

Home is the Hunter 291

November Potatoes for Gnocchi 305

The Wood-Fired Oven 313

December A Christmas Vigil 329

New Year 340

The Italian Table-Glossary 353

Acknowledgements 375

A Note on the Author 376

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