Archive for October 26th, 2011

hal3Thanks to our good buddy Lynda over at her blog, Grateful Evermore, for turning us on to this Halloween find: the gorgeous Ghost Cookies from the Piece de Resistance.

The Piece de Resistance specializes in handmade sugar cookies like these Halloween treats described as “spooky ghouls sweeter than Casper to liven up your Dawn of the Dead party this fall.”

We just think they look yummy!

See the Piece de Resistance’s etsy shop here.

CofFAA week from now I will be somewhere in the Italian countryside looking for a place to press my own olives.  I will be in Italy for about ten days – mostly in Umbria – but my travels will take me to Rome, Florence and a few other great cities.  Unfortunately, Venice is not on the agenda for this trip – although my sister with whom I will be traveling thinks we should try.  Like so many, I have always been fascinated by Venice and love reading about it and seeing it in pictures and films.

Thus, I was attracted to the book The City of Falling Angels by John Berendt, a skillfully observed portrait of Venice and its inhabitants.  Mr. Berendt is best know as the author of the extremely popular Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil where he wrote about the city of Savannah, GA and its colorful inhabitants. 

About The City of Falling Angels: “Turning to the magic, mystery, and decadence of Venice, Berendt gradually reveals the truth behind a sensational fire that in 1996 destroyed the historic Fenice opera house. Encountering a rich cast of characters, Berendt tells a tale full of atmosphere and surprise as the stories build, one after the other, ultimately coming together to portray a world as finely drawn as a still-life painting.”

Mr. Berendt is an a very engaging writer, and like he did in his first book, he creates a world so interesting and colorful in The City of Falling Angels that you feel like you have lived in Venice all of your life.  At the heart of the book is the story behind a fire that destroyed the Fenice opera house.  In my mind opera and Venice go together and Mr. Berendt explores this story with all the drama and grandeur of the greatest Italian arias. 

I read this book when it first came out a couple of years ago, but I took it off my shelf recently and sat down and re-read most of it.  In addition to remembering how much I enjoyed reading the book the first time, I was overcome with memories of where I was when I first read the book.  I recalled a summer of biking and stopping to rest and pulling out this book.  Like a song from the past that can bring you back to a certain place and time – so can a great book.

The City of Falling Angels is available from Amazon and other booksellers.