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Many Beautiful Things: Stories and Recipes from Polizzi Generosa

Schiavelli, Vincent

ISBN 10: 0743215281 / ISBN 13: 9780743215282
Published by Simon & Schuster, 2002
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0743215281 Vincent Schiavelli was an actor, best known for his roles in "Ghost" (rhe subway ghost) and "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest." Dj blurbs by Martin Scorsese, Danny DeVito, & Alice Waters. Bookseller Inventory # 013072

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Title: Many Beautiful Things: Stories and Recipes ...

Publisher: Simon & Schuster

Publication Date: 2002

Binding: Hardcover

Illustrator: Santo Lipani

Book Condition: Fine

Dust Jacket Condition: Fine

Edition: First Edition.

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Equal parts memoir and cookbook, this is the best of both from an accomplished and elegant writer. Schiavelli evokes a foreign and often closed culture from a unique perspective: that of an outsider welcomed into the homes, kitchens, and hearts of the people. Includes recipes for authentic Sicilian fare. Illustrations.

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As a popular character actor, Vincent Schiavelli's face is easily recognizable. But you'll look at this actor--and serious cook--in a new light once you lose yourself in Many Beautiful Things, a compilation of personal stories, with more than 75 recipes, about his visits to a small hilltop town in Sicily called Polizzi Generosa, the birthplace of his grandparents. Schiavelli is embraced as a long-lost by the Polizzani, and they readily share their local legends, town gossip, and the trials and tribulations of living in a place far removed from the rest of Italy. As a result, when he introduces us to the quirky characters who populate the village he does it with a rare sensitivity, and real respect. You'll cry for Turiddu Lavanca, the lovesick forager; laugh with Za Momo, a friend's grandmother; and wish you could taste something, anything, made by Pino Agliata, Schiavelli's favorite pastry chef.

In Polizzi, life revolves around the table, and as Schiavelli tells us, "culinary expertise is divided into ... those who cook and eat, and those who don't cook but still eat heartily." As Schiavelli weaves his tales, slipping in mouth-watering descriptions of dishes like Potato Gratin with Bay Leaves, Zucchini Flowers Stuffed with Bechamel, and Pumpkin Caponata, and sweets such as Almond Love Bites and Almond Nougat, you'll find yourself skipping to the end of each chapter to make sure the recipes are there. Take this book to read on vacation, and then find a place for it in your kitchen. --Leora Y. Bloom

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