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Tuscany

  • A Killer in the Kitchen

    I lived in Cyprus off and on in the early ‘70s before the Turkish invasion that split the island into two irreconcilable political entities, one Turkish, one Greek. Our village, on the…

  • Olive Harvest 2017

    Reaching for that last little cluster of olives, high on a branch just visible against the low-lying autumn sun, feeling the ache in the neck, in the…

  • Peaches

    Cortona:–The new season Valdichiana peaches, just  starting to come in, are full of the most incomparable flavor. How to describe it? Words fail. I could say wine, I could say honey, I…

  • Standing in Line

    So what do you do, I am frequently asked, with all that time you spend in Italy? What do I do? I stand in line. This is the post office in Camucia where…

  • cutting the curd

    Ricotta – A True Story

    The Renaissance, they say, was born here when the shepherd and cheese-maker Giotto was discovered sketching the form of a sheep. Brought to Florence because of his talents, Giotto went on to…

  • Tuscan wheat

    Wheat Harvest

    When I first came to Italy, too many years ago now to count, it was just about this time of year, late June or early July. We drove down through the Crete…