A Year in the Village of Eternity

A Year in the Village of Eternity

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The village of Campodimele in the Aurunci Mountains has been called
`the village of eternal youth' by the scientific community,
after a study revealed the astonishing longevity of its inhabitants.
The average life expectancy of the Campomelani is 95, compared to the
European average of 75 for men and 82 for women. Not
only do the villagers live to an extraordinary age, but they also enjoy
healthy and active lives at an age when many people in the UK have
succumbed to general infirmity or the three major plagues of Western
life: cancer, heart disease and diabetes. How do they do it? Tracey
Lawson decided that the only way to find out was to spend some time living in the village herself. This book
chronicles twelve months in the life of Campodimele, focusing on the
seasonal cooking and eating habits that doctors believe are the key to
the villagers' long lives. There are insights from such colourful characters as Gerardo, who still zips down to the wheat fields on his aged scooter, and Maria, who is often seen chasing hens up the hill on her 83-year-old legs - as
well as a year's worth of timeless, simple recipes that will seduce even the
busiest urbanite. With full-colour plate sections to show off the wealth of gorgeous photography, A Year in the Village of Eternity
is at once a Mediterranean cookbook, a sensible
and inspiring food manual and a stunning, unique travel book - a
winning cross between Under the Tuscan Sun and Jamie's Italy with a dash of You Are What You Eat.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 384 pages
  • 164 x 232 x 38mm | 580.6g
  • Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0747590362
  • 9780747590361
  • 181,083

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"Magnificent...Passion for food oozes through Lawson's book. Her fresh, luscious prose stirs the senses. Most of all, the book makes you want to cook, and she has provided dozens of recipes to satiate that impulse." - "Washington Post""A lovely meditation on the foods, lives, recipes, and traditions of this area of Italy, this will appeal to travelers and foodies." -"Library Journal""Rich and engaging... Lawson's narrative follows the seasons in a country year, delineating the culinary routines of the typical Campodimele resident and cook... Lawson beautifully describes food at its simplest and finest--green fava beans, homemade ribbonlike pasta, zucchini and hot peppers, shallots, and baby goat." - "Publishers Weekly"""
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About Tracey Lawson

Tracey Lawson discovered the joys of Italy's cuisine and lifestyle
while teaching English in Tuscany. She spent ten years as a news and
features writer, covering foreign and domestic stories for British
newspapers, and edited the food pages of the Scotsman for eighteen months. A Year in the Village of Eternity is her first book.
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