Regional Foods of Southern Italy by Marlena De Blasi

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A journey into the ageless hearts, minds, and aromatic kitchens of southern Italy.

Marlena de Blasi's lifelong affair with cooking began at age nine on a beach along the coast of Italy, where she met an elderly woman roasting potatoes coated with olive oil, rosemary, and sea salt over an open fire. "It was then," de Blasi recalls, "that I began to understand that the way people eat and drink is a measure of them." Following her Regional Foods of Northern Italy—already established as a charming classic on the cookbook shelves—Regional Foods of Southern Italy distills the essence of the region's traditional foods in a beautifully wrought amalgam of narrative and recipe.

Regional Foods of Southern Italy takes us from Rome, where we eat a sumptuous Christmas Eve fish supper, through the harsh magnificence of Abruzzi's mountains to Naples, where we find the one true pizza and make a slight detour for the mythical orange tart of Capri. Our journey continues down the Amalfi coast through the ancient reaches of Puglia, where we find Pasta in Black, the ultimate comfort food, pause in little-known Basilicata for Honeyed Wild Rabbit braised with Chestnuts, and jolt our palates with Calabrian ricotta forte before ending up in Sicily and Sardinia.

Here are more than 150 authentic recipes in a beautiful two-color cookbook that is "about simplicity and innocence . . . and about the stories, inextricably woven into and wedded to the food."

About Marlena De Blasi

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Marlena de Blasi is the bestselling author of That Summer in Sicily, A Thousand Days in Venice, Tuscan Secrets, An Umbrian Love Story, and a novel, Amandine. She has been a chef, a journalist, a food and wine consultant, and a restaurant critic. She is also the author of two internationally published cookbooks of Italian food.
Published August 1, 1999 by Viking Adult. 304 pages
Genres: Cooking. Non-fiction

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An old Italian joke has it that the inhabitants of each city believe that the south begins below them, so that Milanese consider Romans southerners and Romans consider themselves northerners but assure each other that Neapolitans are southerners.

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