The Lady in the Palazzo

The Lady in the Palazzo

At Home in Umbria

By Marlena De Blasi

Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill, Hardcover, 9781565124738, 317pp.

Publication Date: January 1, 2007

Marlena di Blasi seduced readers to fall in love with Venice, then Tuscany, with her popular and critically acclaimed books "A Thousand Days in Venice" and "A Thousand Days in Tuscany." Now she takes readers on a journey into the heart of Orvieto, an ancient city in the less-trodden region of Umbria. Rich with history and a vivid sense of place, her tale is by turns romantic and sensual, joyous and celebratory, as she and her husband search for a home in this city on a hill finding one that turns out to be the former ballroom of a dilapidated sixteenth-century palazzo. Along the way, de Blasi befriends an array of colorful characters, including cooks and counts and shepherds and a lone violinist, cooking her way into the hearts of her Umbrian neighbors.
Brimming with life and kissed by romance, "The Lady in the Palazzo" perfectly captures the essence of a singular place and offers up a feast and the recipes to prepare it for readers of all stripes.

About the Author
An American chef and food and wine journalist, Marlena de Blasi has written five memoirs, a novel, and two books about the regional foods of Italy. She lives with her husband in the Umbrian hilltown of Orvieto. Her work has been translated into twenty-six languages.