I just read "A Thousand Days in Venice" by Marlena de Blasi.
She is a middle-aged food writer and chef. She is visiting Venice for work and - get this - a man sees her in a restaurant and calls her. The waiter tells her there is a call for her on the land line and she goes and takes the call. The Italian man on the other end has fallen in love with her at first sight.
The next day and the next she goes back to the restaurant and he calls and calls again.
They meet. They fall in love. (Well, I guess SHE falls in love, since he had already.) And, they get married. She uproots her entire life in the States and moves to Venice.
And, this book is her story.
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Throughout the book, Marlena, being a food person, is cooking, eating, shopping for food, and describing all of this to us. At the end of the book are sumptuous recipes. I have tried one and am sharing it here today, but I am going to try two others - Fresh Pasta with Roasted Walnut Sauce and also A Gratin of Leeks. But here today, I have made her recipe for:
Lemon Gelato with Vodka and Sparkling Wine
4-6 ice cubes
4 ounces vodka
1 cup sparkling wine (in the Veneto, it's the ever present Prosecco)
shredded zest of lemon
Place the ice cream or sherbet, the ice, vodka, and wine in a blender and whirl until it's thick, creamy and barely pourable. Transfer it to iced wineglasses, sprinkle on the lemon zest, and serve with small spoons.