The Vinegar of Spilamberto by Doris Muscatine
And Other Italian Adventures with Food, Places, and People

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In 1958, Doris Muscatine’s husband, a medieval scholar, got a Fulbright for a year of research in Italy. They lived in Rome and almost immediately became hopeless Italophiles. The Vinegar of Spilamberto is the enchanting story of their experiences. The couple returned often, staying in various apartments—a house in Venice, a medieval tower in Tuscany, and a villa on the Appia Antica with its own catacombs.

From such small places as Populonia and Rovescala to bigger ones like Riace and Dozza, the family immersed themselves in the Italy off the typical tourist tracks. Muscatine describes the extreme cultural differences everywhere, but most notable in Sicily, and delights in various foods—including Il Ranocchio, dall’antipasto al dolce (The Frog, from antipasto to dessert)—and the wines that went with them. Chapters are devoted to the Italian appreciation of slow food and of special products such as truffles and balsamic vinegar.
 

About Doris Muscatine

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Doris Muscatine writes on food, wine, and cultural history. Her articles have appeared in numerous magazines and newspapers in the United States and abroad. Her books include "A Cook's Tour of San Francisco, A Cook's Tour of Rome, " and "Old San Francisco: The Biography of a City, " for which she received an Award of Merit from the city and county of San Francisco. She owns a vineyard in the Napa Valley and has beena home winemaker for a number of years. Maynard A. Amerine, Professor of Ecology Emeritus at the University of California, Davis, and currently a consultant to the Wine Institute, San Francisco, is a worldwide authority on winemaking, a connoisseur and collector of fine wines, and a prolific writer on wine and winemaking. He is the co-author of "Dessert, Appetizer and Related Flavored Wines; Wine: An Introduction;" and many other books. Bob Thompson is an editor and writer whose boks on wine include "The Pocket Encyclopedia of California Wine, California Wine Country, " and "The California Wine Book" (with Hugh Johnson). He worked in the public relations office of the Wine Institute from 1966 to 1968 and wrote a weekly column for the San Francisco Examiner from 1970 to 1978.
 
Published September 28, 2005 by Counterpoint. 224 pages
Genres: Political & Social Sciences, Travel, Cooking. Non-fiction

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