Southern Italian Desserts: Rediscovering the Sweet Traditions of Calabria, Campania, Basilicata, Puglia, and Sicily [A Baking Book]

Front Cover
Potter/Ten Speed/Harmony/Rodale, Oct 8, 2013 - Cooking - 224 pages
An authentic guide to the festive, mouthwatering sweets of Southern Italy, including regional specialties that are virtually unknown in the US, as well as variations on more popular desserts such as cannoli, biscotti, and gelato. 

As a follow-up to her acclaimed My Calabria, Rosetta Costantino collects 75 favorite desserts from her Southern Italian homeland, including the regions of Basilicata, Calabria, Campania, Puglia, and Sicily. These areas have a history of rich traditions and tasty, beautiful desserts, many of them tied to holidays and festivals. For example, in the Cosenza region of Calabria, Christmas means plates piled with grispelle (warm fritters drizzled with local honey) and pitta 'mpigliata (pastries filled with walnuts, raisins, and cinnamon). For the feast of Carnevale, Southern Italians celebrate with bugie ("liars"), sweet fried dough dusted in powdered sugar, meant to tattle on those who sneak off with them by leaving a wispy trail of sugar.

With fail-proof recipes and information on the desserts' cultural origins and context, Costantino illuminates the previously unexplored confectionary traditions of this enchanting region.
 

What people are saying - Write a review

User Review  - Terrilee C. - Overstock.com

This is a favorite book of my husbands! He is the baker in this house and he has created many of these delectable desserts!!! Read full review

Contents

Acknowledgments
A Southern Italian Dessert Pantry
Sicilia
Calabria 4 Puglia and Basilicata

Other editions - View all

Common terms and phrases

About the author (2013)

Author and cooking instructor ROSETTA COSTANTINO was born and raised in Verbicaro, a small wine-producing hill town in Calabria, at the southern tip of Italy. She is the author (with Janet Fletcher) of My Calabria: Rustic Family Cooking from Italy's Undiscovered South (W.W. Norton & Company, 2010) which was nominated for an IACP award in 2011.

Bibliographic information