A thousand days in venice review

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a thousand days in venice review

A Thousand Days in Venice by Marlena de Blasi

He saw her across the Piazza San Marco and fell in love from afar. When he sees her again in a Venice cafe a year later, he knows it is fate. He knows little English; and she, a divorced American chef, speaks only food-based Italian. Marlena thinks she is incapable of intimacy, that her heart has lost its capacity for romantic love. But within months of their first meeting, she has packed up her house in St. Louis to marry Fernando — “the stranger” as she calls him — and live in that achingly lovely city in which they met. Vibrant but vaguely baffled by this bold move, Marlena is overwhelmed by the sheer foreignness of her new home, its rituals and customs. But there are delicious moments when Venice opens up its arms to Marlena. She cooks an American feast of Mississippi caviar, cornbread, and fried onions for the locals... and takes the tango she learned in the Poughkeepsie middle school gym to a candlelit trattoria near the Rialto Bridge. All the while, she and Fernando, two disparate souls, build an extraordinary life of passion and possibility.

Featuring Marlena’s own incredible recipes, A Thousand Days in Venice is the enchanting true story of a woman who opens her heart — and falls in love with both a man and a city.
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Sign up for our newsletters! He saw her across the Piazza San Marco and fell in love from afar. He knows little English; and she, a divorced American chef, speaks only food-based Italian. Marlena thinks she is incapable of intimacy, that her heart has lost its capacity for romantic love. But within months of their first meeting, she has packed up her house in St. Louis to marry Fernando—"the stranger," as she calls him—and live in that achingly lovely city in which they met.

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I have read so many but if that is the one with the keen cook arent they all? It's sitting on the shelf waiting to be read, bought it only last week. Enjoyed the first one immensely set in Venice and suggest good idea to read this first as it explains how she and her partner met, and it's an quite an interesting story. Oh and reference to how partner was a hypochondriac, felt the cold terribly to the extent that he wore thermal long johns under his jeans on first visit to America! Anyway, long story short, yesterday I ate lunch in the restaurant next door to the bar in the village where the tale is set. Lets just say the locals found them both a little eccentric! With regards to her food, my Italian is now good enough to recognise the word for inedible!

Rate this book. Fernando first sees Marlena across the Piazza San Marco and falls in love from afar. He knows little English; she, a divorced American chef traveling through Italy, speaks only food-based Italian. Marlena thought she was done with romantic love, incapable of intimacy. Yet within months of their first meeting, she has quit her job, sold her house in St. Louis, kissed her two grown sons good-bye, and moved to Venice to marry "the stranger," as she calls Fernando. This deliciously satisfying memoir is filled with the foods and flavors of Italy and peppered with culinary observations and recipes.

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