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After a nostalgic voyage in the land of past Spilamberto, a small town in the province of Modena in northern Italy, and the vicissitudes of growing up in that time, winemaker Giordano Venturi fascinates the reader with many traditional home recipes, described with sentiment and passion and illustrated with photos from the home kitchen.
The author’s opinionated evaluation of modern society and its proclivities are a breath of fresh air in a world of complacency and second-rate efforts. Here too, his writing is connected with food and the introduction of wine: starting a vineyard in unlikely areas and, against overwhelming odds, excelling in the production of quality Pinot Noir, sparkling wine and sweet, tradition-loaded dessert wine. All these efforts are accompanied by photos and told step by step with imagination, accuracy and verve: a reality “stranger than fiction".
His short stories dovetailed within the text were originally published long ago in the Venturi-Schulze newsletters. They are sheer inspiration, detailing with entertaining prose many occupations and rituals that disappeared more than half a century ago.
Balsamic vinegar is treated like something holy and precious: here the author delves into the details of tradition and modern trends, painstakingly exploring the differences.
This book is about everything that matters, touching the heart, at times jerking a tear or two and inspiring reflection; well worth savouring by the fire or in a quiet setting at the end of the day, contemplating who we ourselves are and where we are going.