Released: April 2015
Warning – do not read this book if you’re on a diet. It’s all about food; the most incredible sounding food.
The Umbrian Thursday Night Supper Club tells the true story of a group of four rural women, including de Blasi herself, who gather once a week in a derelict stone house in the hills above Italy’s Orvieto to cook, eat, drink and talk.
It’s during this precious time that the ladies share their memories and learn incredible life lessons about friendship, food and love. The best part about the novel is that the reader is invited to pull up a chair and enjoy the company, as it’s all seen through the eyes of de Blasi as she’s thrown into the position of head chef for the group, and the level of honesty from the women as they share their lives is so refreshing.
In the current rat race of life and increasing speed of the world due to technology, it’s also wonderful to be transported back to a much simpler time where meals with friends are more of a religion than a tradition, and where it’s a leisurely affair rather than a quick meal rushed in front of a TV show.
Although a great novel, The Umbrian Thursday Night Supper Club is also a travel guide and a cookbook with some recipes tucked away at the back for readers dying to experience the supper first hand.
This is a book that will make you laugh, cry, hungry and desperate to set up your own weeknight supper club! A perfect holiday read, particularly if you’re heading to the Italian region.