Live and Eat in Italy with Michael Tucker

What does an actor do when he’s got (nearly) enough money and enough time to do what he wants? Some might buy a second home in France but Michael Tucker (of LA Law fame) decided to buy a house in Italy. Not only that, but he also wrote a book about it, resulting in Living in a Foreign Language: A Memoir of Food, Wine and Love in Italy.

“The Rustico” is the main character in this book: a cottage that overlooks the Spoleto Valley in Umbria. Michael Tucker and his wife Jill fell in love with Umbria while on vacation in Italy, largely because an accommodation booking in Tuscany didn’t meet their expectations. They certainly didn’t set out to buy “The Rustico” but it turned out to be irresistible.

With some additions and renovations to be made the house, nothing goes exactly smoothly – it is Italy, after all – but the story is a great way to help us know the country better. It’s also very educational for anyone considering investing in the chaos that is Italian real estate.

There’s also plenty of food in this travel memoir, with plates of home-cooked Italian delicacies (and the accompanying wine) wafting over many of the pages. You can also learn not to order a cappuccino after ten o’clock in the morning – it’s a breakfast drink. Who knew?Creative Commons License photo credit: mozzercork