A September to Remember: Searching for Culinary Pleasures at the Italian Table (Book Three) – Lombardy, Tuscany, Campania, Apulia, and Lazio (Roma) (Savoring the Olde Ways Series, 3) by Carole Bumpus
Publisher: She Writes Press (April 27, 2021)
Category: Culinary/Travel Memoir & Non-Fiction
Tour dates: April 12-May 31, 2021
ISBN: 978-1631527272 ~ Available in Print and ebook, 245 pages
This culinary travel memoir is an invitation to join in on a month-long trek through Italy, all in the search of the true Italian experience. Sprinkled with unforgettable characters, you will sup on sumptuous traditional foods, sip regional wines, and enjoy vast panoramas of extraordinary beauty. You may find yourself dancing at harvest festivals, climbing through Etruscan tombs, traipsing among Roman ruins, or bathing in ancient Roman termes (hot springs).
You may also enjoy climbing to the heights of wonder in Capri or to the top of St. Peter’s Basilica. Or delight in soaking up the ancient and cultural history in Milan, Firenze (Florence), Amalfi, Pompeii, Lecce and Rome. You can bask in the sun and rugged beauty of the Tyrrhenian Sea, the Adriatic Sea, or the gorgeous Amalfi Coast. Or you can chat for hours over family meals while collecting a compendium of regional and traditional recipes (cucina povera), while you capture a rare glimpse inside the secrets to the Mediterranean psyche. It is truly a trip of a lifetime.Buy Links: Amazon ~ Barnes&Noble ~ IndieBound ~
In what ways has writing affected other aspects of your life?
When I retired as a family therapist, my husband whisked me away to Italy for a month of rest and relaxation. It was a marvelous respite, but also a mind-opening experience. Everywhere we traveled I was captivated by the people we met and curious about their lives, loves, pasts, and triumphs. I wanted to know what they ate, how they raised their children and especially what brought them together at the family table. I wanted to know what it would be like to live in the very village in which they lived. Obviously, I hadn’t left the family therapist in me at home.
My training as a therapist, in fact, began to crop into every day travel notes. I jotted down conversations with locals; names of traditional foods and recipes; and when we were fortunate enough to be invited into family homes, I found myself enchanted by the familial stories shared along with the wonderful traditional dishes.
So, what did I want to do with these notes? I realized if I wanted to continue my interviews, I needed to create a method to my ‘madness’. Travel writing, I thought. Even though I had never taken a writing class before, this might be an option . . . with a focus on families and their favorite foods and traditional values.
After returning home, I began taking both writing and cooking classes. Again, good fortune smiled on me, as I was invited to travel to Provençe on a gourmet cooking tour. Led by my cooking instructor, this experience again opened my heart, eyes, and palate to a world of heady inspiration in France. My notes became short stories, then blog posts and my writing ‘career’ began to take off.
Having developed a good friendship with my culinary instructor, I was asked to accompany her back to France and Italy. Her goal was to establish future culinary tours as well as collect traditional recipes for a cookbook she was writing. I found I could assist her while continuing my research on the families from many different regions of both countries. I knew if I wanted to better understand European families, I needed to meet them in their own villages, in their homes, and at their kitchen tables.
It was at that time I created the idea for a series of books called Savoring the Olde Ways. It was a celebration of generational gifts. “What were your favorite foods as a child?” I would ask. “What dishes did you learn from your grandmother? What were your family favorites? What brings your family to the table each day?” You see, everyone has a favorite dish they love to share, and an easy way for people to relax and share their stories, is to ask them about favorite foods.
So, in short order, I was ushered into the kitchen, asked to sit down, and given a glass of wine. As I pulled out my notepad, my host would shuffle through her recipe cards to be certain I was given her absolute favorites. (Yes, they were written in either French or Italian of which I didn’t know, but not to worry. I would jump off that bridge when I got to it.) Amidst the laughter and camaraderie, I became the beneficiary of some of the most incredible meals and heart-warming stories, I’ve ever encountered.
So, I began to write and write some more. And when I finally compiled my notes, I was surprised to have filled 950-pages – an entire tome. During the next twelve years, I pulled these stories together, continued my research and took more writing classes. Out of the five books which I completed, the first is an historical novel, the second a companion cookbook to the novel, and the last three are culinary travel memoirs. Yes, my Savoring the Olde Ways series Yes, my Savoring the Olde Ways series finally came to fruition—almost exactly twenty years later.
In what ways has writing affected other aspects of your life? Writing has overtaken almost every waking hour. I fill my days writing, editing, rewriting, promoting, setting up ads and Zooming events, speaking at bookstores, and hosting cooking demonstrations. Oh my! At this point, there is no end in sight! Ah, but I do make time for more travel, as writing has added a whole new outlook and purpose for all my trips. And I’m just getting started.
A Cup of Redemption, an historical novel, published October 2014; Recipes for Redemption: A Companion Cookbook to A Cup of Redemption, published August 2015; Books One and Two of my series, Searching for Family and Traditions at the French Table, published in August 2019 and 2020; and Book Three, A September to Remember: Searching for Culinary Pleasures at the Italian Table will be published April 27, 2021.
About Carole Bumpus
Multi award winning author, Carole Bumpus is a retired family therapist, who lives in the San Francisco Bay Area. She began writing about food and travel when she stumbled upon the amazing stories of women and war in France. Her historical novel, A Cup of Redemption, was published in October 2014, and her unique companion cookbook, Recipes for Redemption: A Companion Cookbook to A Cup of Redemption, was released in August 2015.
Books One and Two of her Savoring the Olde Ways series, Searching for Family and Traditions at the French Table, were published in August 2019 and 2020; her third book in the series, A September to Remember: Searching for Culinary Pleasures at the Italian Table is due out April 27, 2021. All five books have been published by She Writes Press which is part of SparkPoint Studio, LLC.
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