a delicious book for your backpack

italian vendorFrom a sublime icy slurp of a gelato to a simply delicious pizza, everything about Italy is full of flavour, so it’s no surprise that this book review from Express reader Kylie Sutherland comes with a warning, don’t read on an empty stomach…

Dolce E Salata, by Marlena di Blasi, is a beautiful book chronicling an older American lady marrying a traditional Italian guy.  It shares their mid-life adventures together, their move from Venice to the bittersweet countryside of Tuscany and the townspeople’s love of food and love of life itself.

You can nearly taste the food in this book and see the Tuscan people picking olives, grapes for their red wine and fossicking for chestnuts. It is exquisitely written and you feel as if you are transported to a peaceful, scenic side of Italy.  In nearly every chapter there are recipes written within the pages so that you are also inspired.

This book is very moving, not just because it’s about the love of food and ancient techniques passed down by many generations of Italians.  It’s also about the characters and the way they embrace and help each other above all.”

Tour Italy with Intrepid on trips like this great small group adventure:
Highlights of Italy – 8 days Venice to Rome

* photo by Lee Barry, Intrepid Photography Competition.

About the author

Sue Elliot - Like many of us, Sue contracted a serious travel bug at an early age. She's visited over 90 countries in search of a cure, but her wanderlust just seems to get worse. Thankfully at Intrepid Travel she's amongst people who understand the affliction and since 1998 Sue has enjoyed being our blog and newsletter editor. Here you'll find helpful travel advice and inspiring tales from Sue and other Intrepid travellers.

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