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Description - Rosemary and Bitter Oranges by Patrizia Chen

This rich combination of cookbook and memoir tells the story of a family and the secrets of its kitchen in post-World War II Tuscany. Suffused with the scents of simmering pots of cacciucco - a hearty, local seafood stew - and the vibrant coastal blossoms, Patrizia Chen's childhood was centred in the sun-drenched kitchen and adjoining herb garden of the family home in Livorno, on the Tuscan seacoast. There, in a world struggling to recover from the devastation of World War II, Emilia, the cook, shared her craft with her young charge, while Patrizia's grandmother, Nonna Valentina, managed a household still containing chamber pots, sacks of chestnut flour and coal-burning stoves. Eccentric characters, aromatic dishes, white Carrara marble terraces and a magical garden come alive in a warm narrative with simple, traditional recipes.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9781844080373
ISBN-10: 1844080374
Format: Paperback
(198mm x 125mm x 17mm)
Pages: 256
Imprint: Virago Press Ltd
Publisher: Little, Brown Book Group
Publish Date: 19-Apr-2003
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Author Biography - Patrizia Chen

Patrizia Chen is a former professional model and a correspondent for numerous Italian publications. She lives in New York and in Todi, Umbria, Italy.