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

By Victoria Cosford

"L'appetito vien mangiando!" or "Appetite comes if you are 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 profit the artwork of Italian cooking in his trattoria. On Sunday nights, after benches are stacked on tables, they discover the geographical region by means of automobile, passing glassy lakes and historical hill cities. This colourful and intoxicating gastro-memoir takes you backstage of romantic eating places and bars in Tuscany, Umbria, Elba, and Perugia. Interspersed with recipes, humor, and heartbreak, it's going to depart you entranced and with a hankering for tagliatelle and cakes.

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Its rapidly elected assembly voted for union with Piedmont. The impact of the Pope At first all went well with Charles Albert. His army defeated the Austrians at the end of May 1848, but in the Papal States things were not going so well. The Pope’s army commander had disobeyed orders and set off with his troops to join Charles The fall of Metternich: 13 March 1848 Key date In the rest of Italy other serious disturbances were occurring in 1848. As a result the Grand Duke of Tuscany and the King of Piedmont promised to grant constitutions.

The election of these representatives was organised by a special Council of State whose members were chosen by the government of Rome, and the Constituente met for the first time in February 1849. Among its members was Garibaldi. Four days later the Constituente proclaimed an end to the temporal power of the Pope and the establishment of the Roman Republic. Mazzini’s Roman Republic In March Mazzini arrived in Rome and was elected as head of a triumvirate (see the illustration on page 38) that would rule the city.

The Piedmontese army was demoralised by inaction and the Austrian forces emerged from Verona. Charles Albert attacked and was defeated. Source D From: John Gooch, The Unification of Italy published in 1986. A modern historian explains some of the reasons for the failure of moves to achieve Italian unification in 1848. The failure of 1848 helped to clarify certain facts. Rebellion would not work. Any attempt at progress required united effort if it was to stand a chance of success. Such an effort would fail without a committed leadership which all could accept.

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