The original fusion food: Sicilian – CSMonitor.com

My first cookbook review has been published by the Christian Science Monitor under the food section “Stir it Up”  To say that I am excited is an understatement.  Here’s a brief intro followed by a link to the full review: IMG_3584

Sicily is a long way from California where I live. But one can travel through food and that’s what I did with the new travel-worthy cookbook Sicily from the editors of Phaidon Press Limited.The book is a compilation of more than 50 recipes with narrative text by noteworthy chef Pamela Sheldon Johns. Recipes are accompanied by gorgeous full-page Edward Park photographs. The preface of “Sicily” provides a short but insightful history into the island explaining that many different cultures have been master to her culinary puzzle. Arab influence can be found in savory couscous dishes and sweets draped with marzipan. A heavy reliance on almonds and toasted sesame seeds also came courtesy of the Arabs. Greek rule brought eggplants, oranges and apricots. The cookbook calls it the original fusion cuisine. I think that’s right. To understand Sicilian history is to understand her food. It should never be called Italian. It is SicilianMore Here

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Author:italy...and me

Beth Beeman lives and writes from the beach city of San Clemente, California. She is interested in food, genealogy, wine and all things Italian. www.italyandme.com

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5 Comments on “The original fusion food: Sicilian – CSMonitor.com”

  1. June 6, 2013 at 1:37 pm #

    I love Sicilian food. So distinctive. I’ll ECM out this book! Giorgio Locatelli also has a lovely book of Sicilian recipes.

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  2. July 19, 2013 at 8:38 am #

    Terrific! I did not know you had reviewed Pamela’s book. And congratulations on the publication!!! That is great.

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  3. April 1, 2014 at 8:06 am #

    Oh I love it too Ari!Having had inlaws who were 1st goatrneien Sicilian-American and having visited Sicily myself, there is a fashion sense on that island that defies our American stereotype of a ‘backward’ ‘oldschool’ Sicilian. (We Americans think we’re such know-it-alls)Brava to Alessandra and her Mom for alerting us to this video! I’m going to give it a thumbs up on youtube!~ Susan

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