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Living in a Foreign Language: A Memoir of Food, Wine, and Love in Italy
Living in a Foreign Language: A Memoir of Food, Wine, and Love in Italy Michael Tucker 0871139626 9780871139627 The actor Michael Tucker and his wife, the actress Jill Eikenberry, having sent their last child off to college, were vacationing in Italy
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Living in a Foreign Language: A Memoir of Food, Wine, and Love in Italy by Michael Tucker

The actor Michael Tucker and his wife, the actress Jill Eikenberry, having sent their last child off to college, were vacationing in Italy when they happened upon a small cottage nestled in the Umbrian countryside. The 350-year-old Rustico sat perched on a hill in the verdant Spoleto valley amid an olive grove and fruit trees of every kind. It was literally love at first sight, and the couple purchased the house without testing the water pressure or checking for signs of termites. Shedding the vestiges of their American life, Michael and Jill endeavored to learn the language, understand the nuances of Italian culture, and build a home in this new chapter of their lives, with just two criteria: to eat well and drink plenty of wine. Our goal, writes Tucker, was to slow down our hearts and minds until they synched up with the circadian rhythm of the Italian countryside. What follows is a lush and delicious memoir about finding home in a faraway place. Tucker takes us to a host of intrinsically Italian places--a neighborhood butcher shop where the owner cures his own prosciutto, a harvest festival in the rustic city of Canarra, an antique store in a Roman alley. We share his laughter as he opens his home to a strong and vibrant group of expatriates and delight in his testimony of sharing lifes adventures with someone he loves dearly. And we eat vicariously through his sumptuous descriptions of long and lavish dinners at neighborhood trattorias with antipasti fit for kings, of the mouthwatering sandwiches at a roadside porchetta stand owned by a pork-serving seductress, and of large, celebratory parties featuring roasted pig and lamb, with homemade pizzas baked in the Tuckersfour-hundred-year-old wood-burning oven. Both a celebration of a good marriage and a careful study of the nature of home, Living in a Foreign Language is a gorgeous, organic travelogue written with an epicureans delight in detail and a gourmands appreciation for all things fine.

Author: Michael Tucker

Language: English

Edition: First Edition first Printing

Binding: Hardcover

Pages: 272

Publisher: Atlantic Monthly Press

Publication Date: 2007-07-10

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