[COMMENT: re: “…though I’d rinse the marinated artichokes first, as the flavor was a bit overpowering.”
    That’s interesting because it’s like removing the negative connotations(the sour part) of the French expression, AVOIR UN COEUR D’ARTICHAUT (To have an artichoke’s heart): to fall in love easily and worse…]

Food In Books

Are you a Venetian at heart? I am, and any book set in Venice has a special place on my bookshelf. Venice is the most beautiful place on earth, because it shimmers. That’s the only way I can describe it. The waters surrounding the islands, the lagoons with their sea-green waves, the sight of the church towers from Piazza San Marco or Isola di San Michele from the Fondamenta Nuova……….pictures don’t do it justice and I have rarely read a book description that fully does, either. You simply have to visit Venice and see its gorgeous, watery-reflected beauty for yourself.

venice-italyThe Mirror Thief is set in three separate historical timeframes, and in three different Venices. Venice, Italy is the heart of the tale and where the story of conspiracy, theft, and some very odd metaphysical concepts of time, starts with the story of Crivano, an alchemist who wants to steal…

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