Sicilian Home Cooking
"To know and be close to your family, nothing is more important
than dining together at home, as often as possible, on delicious
home cooking. Salute!"
--Wanda Tornabene, from the Introduction
Four years after winning the 1997 James Beard Award for Best Italian
Cookbook, Wanda Tornabene and her daughter, Giovanna, return with
a glorious second helping of homestyle recipes. Sicilian Home Cooking
offers more charming stories and rustic, delicious dishes from the
kitchen of Gangivecchio, the Tornabenes magnificent thirteenth-century
abbey in Sicily's Madonie Mountains.
As in the award-winning La Cucina Siciliana di Gangivecchio, here
you'll find a wonderful array of simple, mouthwatering recipes for
antipasti, soups, pasta, rice, meat, fish, vegetables, salads, and
desserts including easy and delicious variations on bruschetta,
the hearty Fagioli e Festoncini di Nonna Elena (Granny Elena's Bean
and Pasta Soup), enticing entrees like Cotolette di Vitello di Wanda
(Wanda's Veal Cutlets) and Gamberi in Crosta alla Gangivecchio (Gangivecchio's
Shrimp en Croute), and sublime desserts like Cartocci (Fried Pastry
Coils with Ricotta Cream) and Gelo di Caffe (Coffee Gelatine).
Sicilian Home Cooking also offers some tempting new sections. Egg
Dishes showcases this essential ingredient in beautiful frittatas.
Pizza and Focaccia is a salute to these most Italian of breads,
adorned with fresh toppings. The section on couscous teaches the
traditional method for this Arab speciality, which Sicilians have
adopted as their own. Wines and Liqueurs gives recipes for homemade,
refreshing libations, including the Italian favorite, Limoncello.
The homestyle recipes are nothing short of fantastic; but what
makes this book even more special is that Wanda and Giovanna welcome
you not only into their kitchen but also into their lives at Gangivecchio.
In stories rich with the fragrant atmosphere of the gorgeous Sicilian
countryside, they share memories of the annual grape harvest, a
special Christmas snowstorm, and an illicit childhood trip on a
commercial fishing boat. They describe favorite local restaurants
and dishes from the past and the present. And they tell funny and
touching stories of relatives, friends, and pets; both old and new.
Sicilian Home Cooking is a cookbook and much more; a true slice
of Sicilian life.
Wanda and Giovanna Tornabene have run their restaurant out of the
thirteenth-century abbey Gangivecchio, in Sicily's Madonie Mountains,
since 1978. Their first book was La Cucina Siciliana di Gangivecchio,
which won the 1997 James Beard Award for Best Italian Cookbook.
Wanda and Giovanna spend most of their time at Gangivecchio and
also have a home in Palermo.
Michele Evans is the author of thirteen previous cookbooks, and
she is also a travel writer. Her Caribbean Connoisseur: An Insider's
Guide to the Islands' Best Hotels, Resorts, and Inns is in its third
edition. She is currently writing another cookbook, Groceries, and
her first novel. She and her husband, Tully Plesser, are residents
of St. Thomas, Virgin Islands.