Amore and Amaretti: A Tale of Love and Food in Italy by Victoria Cosford

By Victoria Cosford

"L'appetito vien mangiando!" or "Appetite comes while you're eating." Vicky arrives in Tuscany to check the language and tradition of Italy, yet quickly falls in love with charismatic chef Gianfranco and begins to benefit the artwork of Italian cooking in his trattoria. On Sunday nights, after benches are stacked on tables, they discover the nation-state by means of automobile, passing glassy lakes and old hill cities. This colourful and intoxicating gastro-memoir takes you behind the curtain of romantic eating places and bars in Tuscany, Umbria, Elba, and Perugia. Interspersed with recipes, humor, and heartbreak, it's going to go away you entranced and with a hankering for tagliatelle and cakes.

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Tyrol's transit trade, especially on the southern, or Italian, part of the Brenner route, began to suffer as the Habsburgs started to foster the devel' opment and growth of the port of Trieste. In 1719 Emperor Charles VI declared Trieste and Fiume (Rijeka) to be free ports; he and his successors developed these port facilities and promoted the flow of gQods through them. The policy, aimed primarily at taking trade from the Republic of Venice, also affected the Habsburgs' own lands. The southern part of the Brenner route was forced to compete for transit trade with the Pustertal route to Trieste.

It was the most important product of southern German Tyrol and second only to silk in Italian Tyrol. And since areas suitable for vineyards are often just as suitable for the cultivation of silk, the presence of both in Italian Tyrol should come as no surprise. However, despite Habsburg efforts in earlier centuries to introduce mulberry tree plantations into the Etsch, land, the area proved unable to support a silk industry. Where both wine and silk were produced, the relationship could be symbiotic.

Each town had a councilor councils of sOIl,le sort, and town government was headed by either a Burgermeister or a Podesta, usually elected by the town's citizens from among their own number. Each town had its own official list of citizens and its own statutes defining how one acquired the rights of a burgher. In Bozen, for example, each male member of the family had to be accorded the right of a burgher and be entered into the book, usually on payment of a fee that could range from a few kreuzer to several hundr~d florins.

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