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A tasty quest

Advantages: An irresistible confection of gastronomy, travel and history
Disadvantages: Leaves one hungry for more

...What a delicious book this is, if an impossible one to categorise. Al Dente is not a cookery book, although it contains over thirty recipes. It’s not a travel book, although it follows the author’s trail all over Italy, illustrating the itinerary with ...

torr 29.01.2010 · Read full review
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Review of Al Dente - William Black

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Italy is calling me again !

Advantages: Useful information and different to the normal guide books
Disadvantages: None

This guide was a book purchased by me when my Wanderlust magazine ran an offer for its subscribers to purchase books free and just pay for postage. Being a lover of the Italian places I have been to visit so far and completely loving the way of life, I fe ...

frankiecesca 21.12.2011 · Read full review
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Review of Italy - Culture Smart! - Charles Abbott

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Venice day by day

Advantages: Nice layout and good range of information along with a great map
Disadvantages: None

I already owned the DK top ten Venice book before I even had a trip to Venice planned but, when I came to actually book my trip I then purchased an extra guide book. I then even got one free with my hotel booking through my work so I ended up with thre ...

frankiecesca 11.01.2012 · Read full review
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Review of Frommer's Venice Day by Day - Stephen Brewer

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Cosy

Advantages: Good read
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“Under the Tuscan Sun” by Frances Mayes is one of the most enchanting books I have ever read. It is all about Frances and her husband in their quest to set up a second home in Tuscany. Faced with the inevitable laid-back attitude of Italian builders and ...

penguin_too 04.08.2000 · Read full review
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Review of Under the Tuscan Sun (At Home in Italy) - Frances Mayes

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When too much self-analysis spoils the broth

Advantages: Some great food writing and accounts of Tuscan life
Disadvantages: Boring analysis of their marriage

...I first encountered Marlena de Blasi a couple of years ago when I read (and reviewed) "A Thousand Days in Venice"; in that book the food writer and restaurant critic recounts how she met an Italian bank manager and left her home in St Louis to marry him a ...

fizzytom 04.11.2009 · Read full review
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Review of A Thousand Days in Tuscany - Marlena De Blasi

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