26 May 2009 ~ 0 Comments

(Book) Living in a Foreign Language: A Memoir of Food, Wine, and Love in Italy by Michael Tucker


I’d give this one 3 stars, but only because I’m torn so much on this book. On one hand, I want to know if I can come be a guest at this rustico because it sounds fabulous and the town of Umbria sounds gorgeous and just *sigh*. On the other, the author’s voice sometimes annoyed me, it was very much “look at me, look at me”. But that’s the whole point of writing a memoir right? On the other (err, third) hand, I wanted to see if this couple would adopt me. They seem to be so cute, so right for each other, so loving and fun.

The writing was fantastic, I could pretty much taste everything he described (what diet?). You can tell the author is completely in love with the area, the food, the culture. I just felt like something was missing from the story, I’m not even sure what it was… still this is well worth a read, pick it up and try not to gain 10 pounds while reading through it – I dare ya 😉


The actor Michael Tucker and his wife, the actress Jill Eikenberry, having sent their last child off to college, were vacationing in Italy when they happened upon a small cottage nestled in the Umbrian countryside. The three-hundred-and-fifty-year-old Rustico sat perched on a hill in the verdant Spoleto valley amid an olive grove and fruit trees of every kind. For the Tuckers, it was literally love at first sight, and the couple purchased the house without testing the water pressure or checking for signs of termites. Shedding the vestiges of their American life, Michael and Jill endeavored to learn the language, understand the nuances of Italian culture, and build a home in this new chapter of their lives. Both a celebration of a good marriage and a careful study of the nature of home, Living in a Foreign Language is a gorgeous, organic travelogue written with an epicurean’s delight in detail and a gourmand’s appreciation for all things fine.


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