Librarian Recommended Reads: The Umbrian Supper Club by Marlena de Blasi

The Umbrian Supper Club

The Umbrian Supper Club

A group of women (and very occasionally their partners) from the rural Italian town of Orvieto meet once a month on a Thursday night to partake in a scrumptious meal and drink from the array of boutique wines sourced from the surrounding vineyards.

Marlena prepares the sumptuous fare from recipes handed down to her from her family and invites her guests to comment as they devour her creations.

It is here where each woman tells of their own personal stories about growing old, family feuds, mafia connections, and of course the secret ingredients they use in the many recipes that they all have to share.

The beginning of the book is dedicated to Marlena and goes to be told from the point of view of the other women in the group: Miranda, Ninucia, Paolina, and Gilda.

There are a dozen recipes contained within the novel, a good combination of the skill of Marlena de Blasi not only as a writer but also as an accomplished chef herself.

Read by: Mako

Reserve The Umbrian Supper Club here


About the author: “Marlena de Blasi has been a chef, a journalist, a food and wine consultant, and a restaurant critic. She is the author of two cookbooks, Regional Foods of Northern Italy (a James Beard Foundation Award finalist) and Regional Foods of Southern Italy. She and her husband, Fernando, now direct gastronomic tours through Tuscany and Umbria.’ (amazon)

Other titles by this author:

Antonia and her Daughters


That summer in Sicily: a love story


About HB Williams Memorial Library Staff

The HB Williams Memorial Library includes five community libraries and supports the multi-cultural community of Gisborne and the East Coast of New Zealand.
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