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									Marlena de BlasiMarlena de Blasi
When former journalist, restaurant critic, and cookbook author Marlena de Blasi took a trip to Italy, she experienced a whirlwind love affair with a man -- and a city -- that would change her life and inspire a fascinating book. A Thousand Days in Venice is de Blasi's unique account of her experience, relayed in personal recollections and recipes that are leaving readers weak with wanderlust.

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Marlena de Blasi
Current Home:
Orvieto, a hilltown in Umbria
Place of Birth:
Schenectady, New York
B.A., State University of New York at Albany; graduate studies in political science, New York University

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A Thousand Days in Venice
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"Move over, Bridges of Madison County," the Philadelphia Inquirer announces of de Blasi's latest book. A fascinating memoir/cookbook/love story, A Thousand Days in Venice recounts the author's experience as a divorced American chef and food writer traveling in Italy who experiences a whirlwind love affair. "Here comes real romance -- with recipes, yet," The Inquirer continues. "The ‘happily ever after’ is riveting and the recipes are mouthwatering just to read.”

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A Writer's Way

“Everything is inspiration to write," de Blasi explains in an interview with Barnes & "A writer never stops writing, even if it’s in his head or on paper napkins. I’ve been desperate enough to scratch half phrases on my bedsheets, not finding paper and fearing to lose a thought should I get up to look for such."

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Regional Foods Of Northern Italy: Recipes And Remembrances
by Marlena de Blasi
An American living in Venice with her husband, Fernando, de Blasi -- who used to star in her own cooking show on PBS -- shares recipes and reflections from the land she loves. Her first cookbook, it garnered a James Beard nomination in the category of Mediterranean Food in 1997.

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Man of La Mancha
by Dale Wasserman
"I was still in my teens when I first read Man of La Mancha," recalls de Blasi in our interview. "It resonated how I was already looking at life, [and] took on a certain sacredness which it’s managed to sustain." Read our exclusive interview with de Blasi to learn more about her favorite writers and reads, including:

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