Finding Valentino

Finding Valentino : Four Seasons in My Father's Italy

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Angela Di Sciascio's father can no longer describe his past, lost in a world ravaged by Alzheimer's disease. Deciding not to let his story fade, Angela embarks on a voyage that takes her through four seasons in her father's Italy, reconnecting to her ancestry and absorbing all of its chaos, beauty and style.
Meal by meal at her father's family table and step by step through the Italian countryside, she slowly comes to understand the young Valentino who left for the new world. Along the way, she discovers the simple pleasures of rustic polenta high in the mountains, pesto on the Ligurian coast and shares melt-in-your-mouth rag with friends inla boisterous Rome. But she is always drawn back to the small hamlet tucked in the embrace of the Abruzzo mountains and the cuisine that feeds her soul, sharing with us her family's traditional recipes, as well as the joy of finding her father's home.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 256 pages
  • 136 x 206 x 22mm | 281.23g
  • Carlton, Australia
  • English
  • 0522858414
  • 9780522858419
  • 367,430

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"A warm and engaging travelogue." --"Sunday Age "(May 1, 2011) "Lovely, and ultimately moving, read for those seeking a better understanding of a diverse country, which has shaped our own social and culinary identity." "Sun Herald "(May 3, 2011)" "A warm and engaging travelogue." "Sunday Age "(May 1, 2011)" "The recipes alone make this book a worthwhile read." "Courier Mail "(April 9, 2011)"
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About Angela Di Sciascio

Angela Di Sciascio trained as an English language teacher and has spent over 15 years teaching in Australia and overseas. She has travelled widely, relishing the experience of being immersed in other cultures. Her passions are teaching, travelling, cooking and eating. She lives and works in Geelong, surrounded by family, friends and cookbooks.
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