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The Umbrian Thursday Night Supper Club

By Marlena De Blasi

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Format: Paperback, 368 pages
Published In: United Kingdom, 05 May 2016
"If you loved Under the Tuscan Sun, you'll love this." (Red Magazine). Pull up a chair for the true story of the Umbrian Thursday night supper club. Every week on a Thursday evening, a group of four Italian rural women gather in a derelict stone house in the hills above Italy's Orvieto. There - along with their friend, Marlena - they cook together, sit down to a beautiful supper, drink their beloved local wines, and talk. Here, surrounded by candle light, good food and friendship, Miranda, Ninucia, Paolina and Gilda tell their life stories of loves lost and found, of ageing and abandonment, of mafia grudges and family feuds, and of cherished ingredients and recipes whose secrets have been passed down through the generations. Around this table, these five friends share their food and all that life has offered them - the good and the bad. For fans of all things Italian, and the thousands of readers who loved Deborah Rodriquez's The Kabul Beauty School; Elizabeth Gilbert's Eat, Pray, Love and Deborah Moggach's Best Exotic Marigold Hotel.

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The true story of the Umbrian Thursday night supper club - and the five extraordinary women who meet in the hills above Italy's Orvieto to cook, eat and tell the stories of their incredible lives.

About the Author

Marlena de Blasi is the internationally bestselling author of A Thousand Days in Venice, as well as four further bestselling memoirs and a novel, Amandine. She has been a chef, a journalist, a food and wine consultant and a restaurant critic. She is also the author of two internationally published cookbooks of Italian food. She and her Venetian husband, Fernando, live in Orvieto in Umbria, Italy.


"If you loved Under the Tuscan Sun, you'll love this. Great stories of ageing, abandonment, lost loves and Mafia feuds, interspersed with wonderful recipes for authentic dishes" -- Viv Groskop * Red Magazine * "Celebrates the life-affirming joys of food and friendship... Marlena de Blasi recounts meals she and four Italian neighbours cook together every week and the stories they share about their lives and loves." * Good Housekeeping * "Charming... astonishingly rich... Marlena De Blasi writes about the food with mouthwatering relish... Best of all, the women tell de Blasi the stories of their lives: stories that between them make for a terrific piece of social history" -- Reader's Digest "Marlena de Blasi knows how to write real-life romance... Each woman's passions, disappointments and hopes are artfully recounted in this earthy celebration of life's "small delights"" * Sydney Morning Herald * "Marlena De Blasi's glittering descriptions and mouthwatering recipes take you directly into the heart of Italy and into the souls of the Italian people." -- Adriana Trigiani * author of The Shoemaker's Wife *

EAN: 9780099591856
ISBN: 0099591855
Publisher: Windmill Books
Dimensions: 19.8 x 12.9 x 2.3 centimeters (0.26 kg)
Age Range: 15+ years
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6 review(s)
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Bette on
A lovely story where a group of friends share food and friendship as the stories of their lives are slowly revealed. A delicious respect for cooking simple food with love and respect for tradition.
Caroline on
Beautifully written and full of lovely, personal anecdotes, this book also contains descriptions of delicious sounding meals, shared in the company of warm friendship. The icing on the cake is the actual recipes for many of the dishes. A real delight.
Jennifer on
Love this story, a book that can be enjoyed more than once. A welcome addition to my library.
I am enjoying reading this book.
Fay on
I somehow thought it was going to be a DVD, when it came as a book I was very sorry. I am not a book lover, the only one in the family who isn't. So it is now still on my shelf not read. It would make a great movie.
Cheryl on
Still reading it not as good as I thought it would be struggling to finish

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