A Year in the Village of Eternity
Hardcover, 416 pages; 2011
You can mark the calendar by the herbs and spices whose smells waft from kitchen windows here--a kind of olfactory code by which to measure the months. Coriander signals January and tells you that the salsiccia is hanging to dry; mint means May on the mountain meadows, its sweet perfume exploding underfoot; basil speaks of summer, the first hot days of June…
Tracey Lawson first visited Campodimele as a British journalist investigating foods that might promote longevity. The residents of this idyllic Italian mountain village were becoming known among scientists and doctors as some of the healthiest and longest-living people in the world. Lawson fell in love with the villagers and their way of life and ended up moving to Campodimele. A Year in the Village of Eternity is a delightful collection of stories (with lots of charming photographs!)--about the people, the village, and, oh yes, the meals--gathered during her time in Campodimele. Plus, Lawson presents more than one hundred wonderful local recipes (by month), so you can bring some of the healthy rural rhythms and delicious fresh foods of the "Village of Eternity" home to your own kitchen.