The most uplifting and heartwarming holiday read of 2018
Author: Fanny Blake
Pubpsher: Hachette UK
Category: Family & Relationships
'A glorious jaunt around Italy with characters I didn't want to leave' CLARE MACKINTOSH A compelling novel about friendship, family secrets and second chances, set against the backdrop of southern Italy. Sandy is in her fifties, and at a crossroads in her life: she's a teacher and respected by her pupils, but she feels she is being sidelined in favour of younger colleagues. So when her mother dies, leaving her a sealed envelope addressed to an unknown woman living in Naples, Sandy decides to head to Italy to resolve the mystery by delivering the letter herself. She books herself on to a small sightseeing trip from Rome to Naples and the Amalfi Coast, hoping to meet some like-minded people along the way. Who is the mysterious woman she is searching for? And will Sandy find friendship, or even love, along the way...? Your favourite authors love An Italian Summer: 'I adored An Italian Summer... Fanny not only writes beautifully about relationships, but the descriptions of Rome and Naples are so ravishing, that you not only marvel at the scenery but also taste the delectable food and feel the hot sun on your back. A most beguiling read' JILLY COOPER 'Intelligent, grown-up and cheering, Fanny has cornered the market in "real" stories told well' FERN BRITTON 'A lovely, absorbing read, gently told, but with a intriguingly dark edge' HILARY BOYD 'Likeable and realistic characters in a glorious Italian setting, this is the perfect summer read' MAEVE HARAN 'I loved this book. Fanny Blake excels at exploring the intricate detail of relationships' SARAH MORGAN 'As themes of friendship and love intertwine with mystery, the plot reels you in until you have no choice but to devour every word. 5 stars' Heat 'Fanny Blake's writing is absorbing, intelligent and an absolute joy to read... Building to an unexpected and clever twist, this heart-warming and compelling novel is the perfect summer read' Daily Express
With its evocative images, this book immerses us in a world of dolce vita, youthful enthusiasm, the joy and beauty of Italian holidays -- an atmosphere filled with young girls' laughter, stifling heat, the sounds of crashing surf and the playful cat-and-mouse games of the sexes. And he also tells us a story -- a tale of people of all generations who leave home each year to return to a familiar place that is close to their hearts, where they pursue the very same holiday rituals year in and year out: Miss Rimini for one short summer season, a passionate kiss on the beach, nightly parties in the bars and restaurants, the joyful exuberance of youthful cliques seeking to experience everything life offers nowhere else in just a few short weeks and to forget what everyday life is. With his concentrated, atmospheric images, which bear the imprint of a fascinated, passionate observer, Claude Nori succeeds masterfully in capturing that mixture of Mediterranean lifestyle and carefree holiday spirit that awakens memories and longings in us all.
Crushes, friendship, and intrigue set against the gorgeous backdrop of Northern Italy. ITALY, 1990. LEDA is a bookworm and a tomboy. As her world splits into girls and boys, she can't seem to fit anywhere. On the background of the 14th FIFA soccer world cup, Leda embarks on a new series of adventures dealing with hormones, periods, zesty boys and her own fears in what will be the best summer of her life. Set against the gorgeous backdrop of Sardinia, the Dolomites, and Tuscany, this humorous yet insightful journey through first love, friendship, and first kisses will leave you breathless, marveling at the customs of a country most people think they know. The Italian Saga follows the same characters throughout their lives, ending up doing exactly what they thought they never would. The work of GB Amman has been praised for her characterization, humor, insightfulness, and marvelous descriptions.
Following the phenomenal success of The Silver Spoon, this book presents a collection of over 400 summer recipes for all lovers of Italian food, collected by the team behind the original book. Recipes from an Italian Summer presents a range of easy-to-follow, authentic Italian recipes using the most delicious seasonal ingredients. From informal picnics to family barbecues and entertaining outdoors, Recipes from an Italian Summer has the perfect dish for every day of summer, in a collection greatly expanded from the original book.
Release on 2010-04-07 | by Editors of Phaidon Press
Author: Editors of Phaidon Press
Pubpsher: Phaidon Press
It?s summertime in Italy and the living is easy. The days are longer and more relaxed. Italians flock to the coast to enjoy the tranquility of the sea or retreat to the countryside to unwind in the brilliant, bright sunshine. And most all, they eat. Recipes from an Italian Summer captures the essence of the Italian summer featuring over 400 easy-to-make seasonal recipes, organized by how we like to eat with individual chapters for Picnics, Salads, Barbecues, Light Lunches and Suppers, Summer Entertaining, Desserts, and Ice Cream and Drinks. The recipes are perfect ways to make the most of tasty summer produce such as tomatoes, fresh herbs, peas, beans, fresh fruit, and berries. A must-have for anyone who enjoyed The Silver Spoon, Phaidon?s bestselling Italian cookbook. Recipes from an Italian Summer not only brings the taste of the Italian summer to your table, it also transports you to Italy. Alongside 100 beautiful photographs of the mouthwatering dishes by Andy Sewell are more than 30 stunning images of the Italian countryside from award-winning photographer Joel Meyerowitz. Travel through the pages to the idyllic vacation regions of Campania, Tuscany, Sicility, and Sardinia and you experience the bold flavors of their regional cuisines. Piadina Preparation time: 45 minutes (including rising) Cooking time: 15 minutes Serves 12 5 ¿ cups all-purpose flour, plus extra for dusting 2 teaspoons baking powder (optional) ¿ cup lard olive oil, for brushing 12 slices prosciutto salt Sift together the flour, baking powder, and 2 pinches of salt into a large bowl. Add the lard and as much warm water as necessary to mix to a springy dough. Cover with a clean dish towel and let rise for 30 minutes. Divide the dough into 12 pieces and roll them out into thin rounds on a lightly floured counter. Brush a skillet with oil, add the round in batches, and cook on both sides for a few minutes, until lightly browned. Top each piadina with a slice of prosciutto and fold in half to serve.
Fore, bella! From the author of critically acclaimed Golfing with God comes a charming narrative of a hole-in-one trip through Italy -- a glorious summer of golfing, eating, and learning how to slow down and enjoy life. In the summer of 2007, Roland Merullo was feeling a little burnt out by the frantic pace of his life in the United States and decided to rent an Italian villa near the shore of Lake Como. He arrived in Italy with his wife and two young daughters, hoping the Mediterranean air would teach him to appreciate the more relaxed, Italian way of living: a focus on food, family, and fun. An avid golfer and golf writer, Merullo also set out to enjoy one of Italy's lesser-known treasures: excellent golf on some gorgeous courses. With his customary wit, keen eye, and down-to-earth style, Merullo shares this fascinating account of his summer in Italy, offering detailed and often humorous descriptions of wonderful meals, colorful characters, rounds of golf at some of the most beautiful courses in Europe, and precious time spent with family. The Italian Summer brings to life the myriad joys of Italian existence in a way that all lovers of food, wine, travel, and the proverbial "good walk spoiled" will savor.
This is supposed to be the best summer of Nicoletta Pagani's life-that is, until la famiglia partly forces, partly beckons her, to Italy. The single-most important presence in her Toronto home, la famiglia presides over Sunday mornings, the long distance calls that rejuvenate her father's soul, and the austere sepia portraits that follow her every move with a judging stare. Now, her father insists that she make the trip to find out "where she came from."Amid hostile confrontations and unspoken words, Nicoletta finds herself a stranger in the seemingly insignificant town of Portali, hidden in the pristine mountains of central Italy. She discovers the idiosyncrasies of Portali's residents: the twin bachelors who own the bakery (and are also murder suspects), the soccer-crazy priest of the only church, and the harpy who runs the only grocery store. But Nicoletta is even more surprised to learn that haunted homes, werewolves, and witches are as common as afternoon strolls.The young visitor from Canada sees her future revealed in tarot cards, falls victim to the malocchio-a curse laid upon an unaware and helpless target-and explores the eternal city of Rome. With her new Italian friends, Nicoletta is swept into the town's social pains and pleasures during one magical summer in Italy.