a delicious book for your backpack
From 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.”
* photo by Lee Barry, Intrepid Photography Competition.