The title: The Hills of Tuscany
The author: Ferenc Mate
Publication: Delta, 1998
Got it from: RC, Xmas 2003
I got this book as a Christmas present the year I studied in Rome and, uh, here it is, uh, six years later. R, if you're reading this...I'm sorry. I took this book with me everywhere, including Halifax and Perth, and I have been meaning to read it sooner than this. What can I say? Just a warning to those of you who have given me books as gifts that you may have to wait another five years for my review, but rest assured I will get to it eventually.
This book chronicles the experience of the author and his wife spontaneously moving to to Tuscany in the 1980's. The first half of the book concerns them looking for a house to live (no easy feat when everything is word-of-mouth) and the second half trying to accustom themselves to a completely foreign world. I read this book almost entirely on my breaks at work and the descriptions of the food made me terribly hungry. Also, if you didn't know this already, this book pretty much proves that Italians are lovable but certifiably insane. Now I'm off to find some crostini and pasta. With some gelato for dessert.