A Year in the Village of Eternity: The Lifestyle of Longevity in Campodimele, Italy

A Year in the Village of Eternity: The Lifestyle of Longevity in Campodimele, Italy

by Tracey Lawson


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Welcome to the Village of Eternity. Campodimele, Italy, has for some time attracted the interest of the medical community: the people here lead extraordinarily long lives, enjoy low blood pressure and low cholesterol, and stay active and healthy to their last years.

What is it about this place that makes it so easy to live well and long? In A Year in the Village of Eternity, Tracey Lawson goes beyond the medical figures, immersing herself in the lifestyle and timeless eating habits of this vibrant place. Daybreak in Campodimele finds villagers in their seventies and eighties rising to tend their olive trees, chasing their chickens uphill, or weaving through mountain roads on a Vespa.

In Campodimele, the seasons and the bounty of the land dictate the food on the table, and each month brings its own traditions of harvesting and foraging, cooking and preserving. The villagers are warm and welcoming, sharing the recipes handed down from generation to generation, and Lawson offers over one hundred of those same recipes here, from simply dressed salads to homemade sausages and fresh egg pasta. She introduces us to the cicerchie, a legume particular to this elevated spot, high in protein and free of cholesterol, and key to zuppa della nonna, "grandmother's soup." There's lamb cooked over charcoal; a zucchini soup that uses stalks, leaves, and flowers; preserved sweet red peppers; fig jam; and celebratory sweets like almond cake and a ricotta tart with cinnamon.

With beautiful photographs of the dishes, the people, and the countryside of Campodimele, A Year in the Village of Eternity brims with warmth, generosity, tradition, and flavor. Here we can learn secrets not only of living longer, but of living every moment to the fullest.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781596915022
Publisher: Bloomsbury USA
Publication date: 08/16/2011
Pages: 384
Sales rank: 706,667
Product dimensions: 6.22(w) x 9.54(h) x 1.32(d)

About the Author

Tracey Lawson discovered the joys of Italy's cuisine and lifestyle while teaching English in Tuscany. She spent a decade as a journalist, writing and reporting for several British newspapers, and she edited the food and health pages for the Scotsman before relocating to Italy. Lawson now divides her time between Italy and Britain. A Year in the Village of Eternity is her first book.

Table of Contents

The Eternal Table 1

January The Tree of Life 17

A Pig for All Seasons 25

February The Mountain Gives You Everything 37

Carnival 45

March Cinnamon Season 65

Looking for Mamma 78

April The First Sign of Spring 91

Carciofini for the Cantina 98

Morning on the Mountain 111

May Salad Days 121

Form the Hen House 128

Shallots on the Piazza 138

June Snails for San Onofrio 147

Every Part of the Plant 156

July Out of the Woods 165

Potatoes Like Parsley 172

Forty days in the Sun 183

Heavenly Nightshade 193

August Coming Around Again 209

From Field to Forno 221

The Meat of the Poor 234

September Something Hot … 249

The Bottle 258

Summer Suspended 270

October Under the Pergola, In the Orchard 281

Home is the Hunter 291

November Potatoes for Gnocchi 305

The Wood-Fired Oven 313

December A Christmas Vigil 329

New Year 340

The Italian Table-Glossary 353

Acknowledgements 375

A Note on the Author 376

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SignoraEdie on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Wonderful memoir and cookbook. A year spent in the village of Campodimele, Italy...where the residents have been known for their long lives, staying healthy and active into their last years. Dividing the book into the 12 months of the year, the author recounts the seasonality of the foods available to the people and the ways they are prepared. The text is peppered with Italian sayings that give life to the reading. The recipes are very simple and basic. There are numerous colored photographs of the people who share their knowledge and their village with the author.
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