Somewhere South of Tuscany
Five Years in a Four Cat Town
by Diana G. Armstrong
Somewhere South of Tuscany is a “feet on the ground, boots in the mud” account of living and cooking in Italy, in a beautiful village sandwiched between Tuscany and Umbria.
Diana Armstrong believes that most people, at some time in their lives, dream of buying a house in Italy, but she wonders if you just have to be a little crazy to actually do it!
With only one brief look at the property, Diana and her husband buy an ancient stone house carved out of a 500 year old abandoned Jesuit Monastery. Disasters and discoveries abound.
Somewhere South of Tuscany is no precious account of restoring an Italian villa. It is a delightfully entertaining look at real life in an Italian medieval village where most neighbors are anziani – ancients, survivors of World War II. Attitudes here have gone unchanged for decades.
Diana’s witty book is also filled with recipes; many taken from old Umbrian cuisine, where truffles and porcini mushrooms are considered everyday menu items. But to be practical and realistic for us 21st century home cooks, Diana’s recipes are simple and ready-to-go!
© 2010 Diana G. Armstrong
Cover Photo: © Elizabeth A. Armstrong 2010
Diana G. Armstrong is an award winning food and travel writer, and the author of a number of cookbooks including Cooking for My Friends. She has also published articles in a number of leading publications, such as Gourmet magazine.
Born and raised in South Africa, she later moved with her husband and children to the USA, where she continued her culinary and writing career, while completing undergraduate and graduate degrees in English literature.
She lives in Denver, Colorado, and maintains a second home in Umbria, Italy, which enables her to indulge her particular love of the life, the food and the folkways of rural Italy.
Somewhere South of Tuscany (Cover)
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