Author(s): Marlena De Blasi
'This true midlife romance reads like a fairytale.' - Sunday Life..'Replete with details of food and markets, with recipes appended, this is a sumptuous addition to the escape to Italy/France genre.' - Sydney Morning Herald..When Fernando spots her in a Venice cafe and knows immediately that she is The One, Marlena de Blasi is caught off guard. A divorced American chef and food writer travelling in Italy, she is happy with her life. Yet within a few months of meeting Fernando, she quits her job, sells her house, kisses her two grown children goodbye, and moves to Venice to marry 'the stranger' as she calls Fernando. Once there, she finds herself sitting in sugar-scented pasticcerie, strolling through 16th-century palazzi, redecorating an apartment overlooking the Adriatic Sea and preparing for her wedding in an ancient stone church...But living this romantic dream is not always a smooth path. De Blasi is sometimes bewildered by the peculiarities of Venetian culture, and even mystified occasionally at the differences evident between she and Fernando. His Spartan tastes are a world away from the sensual delights she loves to create. Both set in their ways but also set on being together, they learn from each other what is important in their shared life...A Thousand Days in Venice is filled with the flavours, sights and life of Venice. In de Blasi's evocative prose every trip to the food markets becomes an adventure, and every mouth-watering recipe a celebration of food and love...'A richly joyous declaration of love.' - Who Weekly..'...a sensuous, beautifully written tale of love, lust and linguine.' - Harpers Bazaar
Marlena de Blasi has been a chef, a journalist, a food and wine consultant, a restaurant critic, and is the author of two cookbooks of Italian food. She and her husband, Fernando, now lead gastronomic tours through Tuscany and Umbria.