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The Vinegar of Spilamberto

And Other Italian Adventures with Food, Places and People

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March 29, 2007 | Paperback | 5.5 x 7.25, 288 Pages | ISBN 9781593761523
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"With each turn of the page, Muscatine establishes herself as a gracious guide through her colorfully written, gilt-edged memories." —Publishers Weekly

In 1958, Doris Muscatine’s husband was awarded a Fulbright that required them to live a year in Rome, and so began a love affair with Italy that would continue for the rest of their lives.

This is a memoir of a happy life, one spent devoted to family, friends, food, and a growing sense of international understanding filled with hope and respect. With the skill of a landscape painter and the ear of a poet, Doris Muscatine writes of the pleasures of the flesh and of the soul. She takes us along on her search for truffles and balsamic vinegar, her visits to Sicily and Venice, her stay with the nuns of Populonia, and her accidental meeting with members of the Slow Food movement. Her adventures are filled with the serendipity of someone in love with the world and willing to allow life to unfold at its own pace.

DORIS MUSCATINE wrote extensively on food, wine, and cultural history for such publications as Bon Appetit and House and Garden and authored A Cook’s Tour of San Francisco, A Cook’s Tour of Rome, Old San Francisco: The Biography of a City, and Monday Night at Narsai’s. She was recognized for achievement in Literature-Journalism by the American Institute for Wine and Food and received an Award of Merit from the City and County of San Francisco. She died in 2006.

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“Not intending her book to be read on an empty stomach, the author ably describes the culinary delights she encountered in her travels, including one memorable meal of “bucatini all’amatriciana, ‘macaroni’ with a sauce of smoky Italian-style bacon, tomatoes, and cheese; and gnocchi di patate, little potato dumplings bubbling with butter and grated pecorino”… Muscatine’s insatiable curiosity about the Italian culinary practices she witnesses first-hand are infectious, and it’s easy to see why the enthusiastic couple forged lifelong friendships during their travels. With each turn of the page, Muscatine establishes herself as a gracious guide through her colorfully written, gilt-edged memories.” —Publishers Weekly

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