A Sonoma County, Calif. goat farm is about as far away as one can be from the fast-paced glitzy Los Angeles life former film and advertising producer Laura Howard used to live. In fact, it’s the epitome of “slow,” a word that’s come to mean a lot to Howard, who founded Laloo’s goat milk ice cream at age 35 with no ice cream experience, and her husband, multimedia artist Douglas Gayeton, whose just-published book, “Slow: Life in a Tuscan Town” has become an instant best-seller. The couple, who met in Tuscany, have taken the slow food idea and made it a reality while building their businesses and raising a daughter, Tuilerie, now 3.

It wasn’t a need to make a lot of money that drove Howard to start her own business, but a desire to live a more fulfilling, healthier life — not unlike the lives of the people whom she befriended in Tuscany. It also didn’t hurt that she’s been a lifelong ice cream junkie; as she says, “There’s nothing that ice cream can’t fix.”