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A Year in the Village of Eternity: The Lifestyle of Longevity in Campodimele, Italy Hardcover – August 16, 2011
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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
About 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.
Top Customer Reviews
Secondly, yes diet is extremely important, everything and I mean everything I ate while I was there is grown from someones garden or out on the land/ orchard etc. The other element that is not mentioned in this book is that they walk A LOT up and down this little mountain and its quite the hike because I have done it myself. The air at the top of the town is very crisp, there is a breeze that comes off of the Mediterranean ocean close to Gaeta that has a sea salt type freshness that you can feel on your skin. Its hard to explain but its got to have some form of positive effect on your skin, health, breathing etc.Read more ›
Although much is made of the longevity of the villagers, there's very little discussion of that aspect of their culture. This book primarily - almsot exclusively - focuses on the food and cooking traditions of the area. Recipes are given, but they're not always practical for the modern cook (who has time to make sausages and fire-dry them for 3-4 weeks?) and they're designed for the British cook in terms of measurements, terminology, etc. That's not to say that the American cook couldn't make many, if not most, of them, but some adjustment would be necessary.
Overall, this is a very respectful look at the village, the villagers, and their culture, and one which shows their best side. It's a very - for lack of better word - peaceful book; one that can best be enjoyed in a comfy chair with a cup of tea beside you and a rainy day outside. Recommended.
Note on Kindle formatting: Very good. The only issues I noticed were at the very end of the book where there's a section of photographs. They didn't seem to translate well to e-ink, and captions were frequently on the following page.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I enjoyed reading this book immensely. I could easily find myself living in Campodimele, Italy. A timeless way to live and enjoy the gifts of each season.Published 18 months ago by Linda Siragusa
loved the book, bought it as a gift for a friend after we went
to Campdemele on our trip to Italy, because of ready the book. Read more
This book inspired us to live and eat in a healthier, more seasonal way. It has become an approach to life that we refer to and recommend. Cannot speak highly enough of it. Read morePublished 21 months ago by Don S
always interesting to find healthy ways of eating and that there is actually a village of 'active' elders who not only eat well but keep well by keeping busy with their lives even... Read morePublished on July 7, 2014 by eugenie m. quinn
I saw it in Clio olive oil store where I tasted lots of balsalmics and olive oils. It arrived quickly and my husband took it over and read it straight through. Read morePublished on July 14, 2013 by dawnjf