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When my husband is away and I’m by myself, my neighbours will insist I eat with them every single night because they see it as…
Living in a small Italian hilltown, and having lived in a small town in south Georgia, I understand that you can recognize a family gene…
What has impressed me the most about the Italians whose tables we’ve sat at is that they are traditional cooks but also outrageously innovative. These…
I’m just fascinated by houses. In another life, I’d have probably trained as an architect. If I had enough money, I’d collect them like other…
I got the idea that to write books would be the best way to spend a life. I never thought of anything else that seemed…
I find that other countries have this or this, but Italy is the only one that has it all for me. The culture, the cuisine,…
Going to Europe as a budding cook opened my eyes to food in a different way. When I got to Italy, the first thing I…
In America, people are just so straightforward when they dislike things.
It’s kind of amazing that people will travel because of a book. I admire that.
I was born and grew up in Fitzgerald, way down in south Georgia. It was a mill town and my family ran the cotton mill.…
The Italians have their priorities right: They’re driven, they do their work, but they really enjoy the day-to-day and they don’t put off the enjoyment…
If you’ve got a plot the size of a car or a tiny yard in Italy, you’re going to be growing tomatoes and basil and…
When I was twelve, I started reading Eudora Welty, Thomas Wolfe, Flannery O’Connor, James Agee, and – do we dare breathe the name – William…
The longer you are in a place, the more you get under its layers.
Venice, the most touristy place in the world, is still just completely magic to me.
I think I went to Italy initially for the art, architecture, food and history, but I stayed there because of the people in Cortona.
I loved every place I lived and traveled. London, Paris, Rome, Venice. I fell hard for Central America and Mexico. In each country, I had…
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