A Year in the Village of Eternity by Tracey Lawson
The Lifestyle of Longevity in Campodimele, Italy

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It's a typical morning in Campodimele, Italy, and a ninety-three-year-old woman is kneading her daily bread, while her ninety-six-year-old neighbor pedals by on his bicycle ... In this sun-drenched village in the Aurunci Mountains, the residents enjoy astonishing longevity, such that scientists from the World Health Organization have dubbed it the "village of eternity." Not only are the people of Campodimele living longer-the male life expectancy is 26 percent higher than the U.S. average-but they also have substantially lower blood pressure than their countrymen, and the cholesterol levels of newborn babies. So, what's their secret? In A Year in the Village of Eternity, Tracey Lawson chronicles twelve months of life in Campodimele, highlighting the villagers' cooking and eating habits, which many believe are key to their long, healthy lives. Their meals are simple and wholesome, dependent on high-quality meats and cheeses, local olives, homemade pastas, and hearty legumes. Lawson provides a year's worth of recipes for cooks at home, accompanied by sumptuous illustrations and peppered with sensible health advice and transporting tales of a place unlike any other.

About Tracey Lawson

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Tracey Lawson discovered the joys of Italy’s cuisine and lifestyle while teaching English in Tuscany. She has spent ten years as a news and features writer, covering foreign and domestic stories for British newspapers, and edited the Food pages of The Scotsman for eighteen months. She is now the paper’s Deputy Features Editor. A Year in the Village of Eternity is her first book.
Published August 23, 2011 by Bloomsbury USA. 385 pages
Genres: Health, Fitness & Dieting, Travel, Cooking, Education & Reference, Law & Philosophy, History. Non-fiction

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The author’s account of a year in Campodimele doesn’t burden readers with scientific information involving genetics, environment and diet.

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Lawson's narrative follows the seasons in a country year, delineating the culinary routines of the typical Campodimele resident and cook, who tends her own garden in the back of her house, shakes her own olives from the trees in the orchard, kills her own pig for a year's supply of salsiccia (sau...

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Lawson’s book could have been glib, the London fool coming to the village to adore the peasant food and exclaim over how sweet and cute and authentic it all is.

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