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EXTRA VIRGIN, $25.00, A. Hawes

Seventeen years before writing this book, Hawes and her sister left England to take jobs as rose grafters (something they knew nothing about) in Diano San Pietro, a village in Liguria, on the Italian coast. What began as a 10-week jaunt became a permanent move to a vibrant, rich lifestyle revolving around food and the land. While she never covers the rose-grafting job in depth, she does give a full account of how the pale-skinned, decidedly un-Italian sisters carved their niche among olive farmers and card-playing locals. Cuisine is a major part of the tale, and Hawes integrates it into her writing as a key cultural and social aspect of Ligurian life. The sisters are constantly chided for such grave sins as eating their salad before the main course and drinking two cups of morning espresso. Stalwart and open-minded, they take Italian criticisms of their bizarre British ways with a grain of salt. Describing the Italian Riviiera with wonder, illumination and wit, Hawes will have gastronomes and travellers alike drooling.

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  Portofino (fiction) - Berkley Pub Group
by Frank Schaeffer


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