Book review

Plum, Courgette & Green Bean Tart: A year to write home about – Seeking la vida dulce in Galicia by Lisa Rose Wright

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Lisa’s book takes us through the first full year of her adventure in Galicia, where she and her partner, S, have bought their new home, A Casa do Campo. They work hard to install a new roof and make rooms habitable, whilst starting an allotment and adopting some chickens. Their progress is chronicled through diary entries and Lisa’s letters home to her Mum, neatly tied together with an overview of progress, or lack of it. I loved their doggedness in the face of local bureaucracy and the nondelivery of essential items.

They build a community of local friends and work hard on their Spanish. Lisa describes the beautiful countryside, the nearby towns and the unique local festivals.

My favourite character was in fact their traditional wood-fired range, a temperamental beast, which S eventually tames, after much misleading advice from everyone who has an opinion. Lisa prepares delicious meals on this range and shares some of her recipes in the book, as you might guess from the title.

An absorbing read. Well done to Mum for saving all the letters! I have ordered the sequel Tomato, Fig and Pumpkin Jelly, and look forward to finding out whether those windows have ever arrived.

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By helenstephensonauthor

Author of SIDNEY DELICIOUS: the memoir of a Spanish rescue dog

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