sicily is a land as blessed with ingredients : native + cultivated : as it is layered with centuries of cultural influences from europe, north africa + the mediterranean. the result : one of the world's greatest cuisines, distilled here in 75 glorious recipes for the home cook.
the author, fabrizia lanza, captures how sicilians feel about their ingredients + traditions : their ways of cooking + eating. some of the dishes include a classic octopus salad, chickpea soup with tuma cheese, fresh cavatelli, pasta with eggplant + tomatoes, lamb stuffed pastry, grilled sausage with bay leaves + onions, + sweets like watermelon pudding, rolled fig cookies + the elaborate sicilian cake with ricotta cream + marzipan.
visitors to sicily often sense it to be a place unlike anywhere else : lost in time + a little bit secretive. the food of sicily opens a bright window on it, celebrating this wonderful food culture while honouring everything that makes it special.