This combination of recollections and cookbook is an inspiring story of triumph over adversity. Raised in an orphanage, Maria left at age 22 with nothing but the centuries-old secrets of the orphanage's divine pastries. Maria presents these one-of-a-kind treats in 50 delicious recipes. 8 pages of color photos.This combination of recollections and cookbook is an inspiring story of triumph over adversity. Raised in an orphanage, Maria left at age 22 with nothing but the centuries-old secrets of the orphanage's divine pastries. Maria presents these one-of-a-kind treats in 50 delicious recipes. 8 pages of color photos.Read Less
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If you are interested in Sicily (or not!), this book is really wonderful. Written by an author who really knows Sicily (see: On Persephone's Island), this is a story of Maria Grammatico and her actual experience overcoming long odds to become a well-known and well-loved bakery owner in Erice. Includes some wonderful recipes for pastry. If you are ever in Erice be sure to stop at Pasticceria Maria Grammatico!
Publishers Weekly, 1994-09-26 Bitter almonds lend depth of flavor to the buttery cookie doughs prepared by nuns in the south of Italy. And the bittersweet recollections of Grammatico, a renowned pastry cook and shopkeeper in Erice, Sicily, lend depth to this slender volume of Italian recipes. As researched by Mary Taylor Simeti, author of several books on Sicily, the reminiscences of hardships endured during Grammatico's girlhood, spent as an orphan in a Sicilian cloister, give poignancy to the uncomplicated, sweet pastries that make up her life's work now. Americans accustomed to rich excesses and scads of chocolate in their desserts may not find much to excite them here. But those who savor fine pastry and Italian artistry in marzipan and baking will apreciate the enormous effort necessary to translate Grammatico's recipes for use in our kitchens. Recent voyagers to the south of Italy may find themselves feeling slightly homesick for the simpler meals-and simpler lifestyle-evoked by Grammatico. (Oct.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved
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