A Month in Medieval Volpaia Tuscany is a charming brief memoir. Robert and Patricia Crosby capture their full weeks in September and October. These are the slower days of late summer and early fall, after the tourists have left. Robert and Patricia provide a series of diary entries of their day to day visits to trattorias, town squares, and churches. Each day is a peaceful adventure, full of love for their friends and experiences.
Take a walk with the authors through their day to day experiences, along with visits to our favorite places, the olive oil estates of Volpaia and Badia a Coltibuono. Another favorite stop is a visit to Panzano, the home of Dario Cecchini, the Dante-quoting master butcher of Chianti. (We’ve written about him before).
We found this book to be well produced, and charming, but occasionally repetitive. It is perfectly written for those of us who dream of having such a month to spend in the Chianti Classico.
Pamela Marasco demonstrates her love for all of her acquired Italian heritage in her self- published family treasury, Seeing and Savoring Italy. This will be read by her family and others for generations.
She married into an Italian American family and grew close to her husband’s grandmother. Through the years this granddaughter-in-law sought to capture and recreate memories and heritage through food customs. From olive oil, to cheese, to wine, to chocolate, Pamela is to be commended for trying to get it all into one book.
Recipes are interwoven through the chapters as she visits Tenuta di Capezzana, Avignonesi, and other places dear to us at Olio2go. Bistecca alla Fiorentina, Olives all’ascolano, and risotto, fill the pages between Sagra (festivals), wine, mostarde, and tartufi (truffles).
Well-researched and endearingly written, future editions will be improved with one more pass through an editor and graphic designer.
If you can find a copy of The Tuscan Year, now out of print, you’ll enjoy a very pleasant and well written year in Tuscany. It fits nicely with A Month in Medieval Volpaia and Seeing and Savoring Italy.
You can see The Tuscan Year and Seeing and Savoring Italy on Our Favorite Books That We Don’t Carry on Amazon.