Wednesday, August 10, 2011

A Thousand Days in Venice report

This month's book was A Thousand Days in Venice: An Unexpected Romance by Marlena de Blasi. Unfortunately, we had a limited number of copies in the system, so not everyone got a chance to read it in time :( But will still had a good meal and interesting discussion anyways.

For food we had a good variety:

Katie S. - garlic scape pizza

Heather - zucchini olive oil cake

Maria - Anginetti (lemon drop cookies)

Dawn - Porri Gratinati (A Gratin of Leeks)

Shari - walnut pasta

The group was pretty split on the book. Heather adored it and thought it as the most romantic thing ever. Katie got fed up with it quickly. Maria was surprised to find out it wasn’t fiction. But we could all agree that the food descriptions were pretty scrumptious. And that Venice sounded divine.

A movie this book reminded me of was Summertime with Katherine Hepburn. Another story of a mature woman traveling to Venice and getting caught up in the romance of it all…though with not quite as happy results. Georgeous capture of 1950s Venice! Take a look here at the beautiful clothes and cafĂ©!

Katie brought in a great old cookbook she found called Duncan Hines Adventures in Good Carving and the Art of Carving in the Home, which you can take a peek at here.

Heather shared Dolce Italiano: Desserts from the Babbo Kitchen featuring the recipes of Gina, from Heat! Another funny Heat connection…the author of ATDiV moves to the same town the Buford studied butchery in in Tuscany in the sequel!

Next month’s book is available for checkout at the front desk, or can be found here: A homemade life : stories and recipes from my kitchen table by Molly Wizenberg.

Looking forward to seeing you on Monday September 12th. Room opens at 6:30pm for setup and food sharing. Discussion starts promptly at 7pm.

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