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A celebration of Sicilian food describes the history of the island's cuisine, from antiquity to the present, and provides a selection of one hundred recipes
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Mary Taylor Simeti was born and raised in New York City. In 1962 she made her first trip to Sicily, where she now lives with her husband and their two children. She is the author of "On Persephone's Island: A Sicilian Journal" and co-author of "Bitter Almonds: Recollections and Recipes from a Sicilian Girlhood."From Publishers Weekly:
While restoring her husband's family farmhouse in Sicily during the 1970s, American-born longtime Sicily resident Simeti ( On Persephone's Island ) discovered the "very ancient past"--specifically, culinary--of peasant culture in a maritime land. "Bookish browsing" led her "far afield" to an "eccentric vision of food" unveiled in this chronicle of the island's rich heritage, bequeathed by invaders, exacted by the hunger of the poor and marked by the aristocracy's "ability to transform the extraordinary" and make it their own. In a lighter tone, the expatriate celebrates street food, convent confections and ice cream--adored by Sicilians and descended from a sort of ur-sherbet ("sarbat") made by the Saracens. Simeti writes exquisitely of the foods of Odysseus and the cult of Aphrodite, of capers "trailing long sprays of coin-shaped leaves." Cups and tablespoons may appear foreign at such moments, but classic recipes are presented as meticulously as historical data. Readers may be moved to follow the example of Alexis of Tarentum, who in the fourth century B.C. "learnt to cook so well in Sicily" that he caused "banqueters to bite . . . the plates for joy." Illustrated.
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Book Description Alfred A. Knopf. Hardcover. Condition: New. 0394568508 New Condition. Seller Inventory # NEW7.0136793
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Book Description Alfred A. Knopf, 1989. Condition: New. book. Seller Inventory # M0394568508