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Cucina Siciliana
Authentic Recipes and Culinary Secrets from Sicily
Clarissa Hyman; photography by Peter Cassidy

9 1/4" x 10 1/4" • 160 pages • full-color photos throughout map
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"Hyman provides a thoughtful and thoroughly enjoyable glimpse of the heart of Sicily, its history, and its food-which she describes as "gastronomy born out of serial conquest," which began with the Greeks and included the Vandals, the Arabs, and the Spanish, all of whose influences are still visible in Sicilian cooking. The 75 recipes are organized by time of day, from breakfast to dinner, and although some of them can be found in more general Italian cookbooks, others will be unfamiliar to most readers. Hyman also includes lovely mini-essays on topics from Sicilian fish markets to Palermo's street food, and vibrant color photographs add to the appeal of her book."
-- Library Journal

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Winner of the 2002 Glenfiddich Food Writer of the Year Award

Sicily is where Europe ends and Africa begins, a sun-fired melting pot of East and West. In this exciting new book, esteemed food and travel writer Clarissa Hyman takes us on a cook's tour of the island, introducing us to the best pasta makers, the finest ingredients, and delicious recipes.

The essence of Sicilian cooking is its simplicity. Whether you want to make a vitalizing weekend breakfast, a quick after-work supper, or host a relaxing dinner party, Cucina Siciliana's easy, robustly flavored dishes are sure to provide inspiration and win compliments from family and friends. Handmade pasta, grainy cheeses, pungent herbs, aromatic spices, crunchy nuts, fresh fish, tender lamb, and a mouth-watering selection of vegetables and fruit provide the basis of more than 75 authentic dishes you'll want to turn to again and again.

With Hyman and photographer Peter Cassidy as guides, you'll learn the secrets of artisan pasta manufacturing and perfect espresso, sample the local wines and street food, enjoy the markets and fiestas, and encounter the passionate characters who are placing the island's food at the top of every gourmet's shopping list.

Clarissa Hyman is a freelance food and travel writer. In 2000, she won the prestigious Food Journalist of the Year award from the Guild of Food Writers.

Peter Cassidy is a leading food and interiors photographer, and his marriage into a Sicilian family has brought a unique perspective to his exuberant work on this title.

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"Cucina Siciliana focuses on everyday foods from Italy's southernmost province. There, as Clarissa Hyman points out, the influence of North Africa varies typical Italian dishes. Couscous appears as well as accustomed pastas. Rich, ultra thick tomato paste dried in the sun colors many dishes, and mint's aromas season others. Hyman's recipes are relatively easy to follow...Spectacularly rendered photographs reproduce Sicily's intense Mediterranean colors."
-- Booklist

"Hyman showcases 75 dishes that selectively and impressively reflect the scope and breadth of that culinary heritage...Cucina Siciliana is an enthusiastically recommended addition to any kitchen cookbook collection."
-- Bookwatch

"In warm weather, the ideal meal is quick to make, simple to throw together, and relies on a short list of ingredients that either pack plenty of flavor or carry it well...These principles are demonstrated in many of the vegetable and pasta recipes in Clarissa Hyman's Cucina Siciliana."
-- AP Syndicated Vegetarian Cooking Column by Jason Hirsch

"A cook's tour of a sun-fired island that's long been a melting pot of visiting cultures."
-- Publishers Weekly

"Americans have decided to eat at home, and they want cookbooks instead of carryout. They are reaching for friendly cookbooks that conjure a warm kitchen filled with the smells of home cooking... The friendliest of cookbooks touch the cuisines of ethnic cultures that cherish home, food, and family....The primal warmth and safety of the kitchen lie beneath the shiny trappings of the best ethnic cookbooks. Their recipes are like love letters from one cook to another, the scribbled gifts from mothers and grandmothers to their descendants. This is true of Clarissa Hyman's Cucina Siciliana...sleek but soothing...well adjusted...uncomplicated, beautiful, and practical. Cucina will cast a spell on readers as soon as they open it. Hyman's recipes beg cooks to prepare them."
-- Foreword Magazine

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