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10 books about Sicily
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Sicily: An Island at the Crossroads of History by John Julius Norwich
Category: United States
This book was published 6 years ago by Random House and takes approximately 13.3 hours to read.
"'Sicily,' said Goethe, 'is the key to everything.' The birthplace of Archimedes, Georgio de Chirico, and Muhammad al-Idrisi, it is the largest island in the Mediterranean. The stepping-stone between Europe and Africa, the gateway between the East and the West, the link between the Latin world and the Greek, at once a stronghold, clearing-house and observation-point, it has been fought over and occupied in turn by all the great powers that have striven over the centuries to extend their dominion across the Middle Sea. John Julius Norwich offers a vivid, erudite, page-turning account of an island and the remarkable kings, queens, and tyrants who fought to rule it. From its beginnings as a feared Greek city-state to its rise as a wealthy, multicultural trading hub during the Crusades, to its rebellion against Italian unification and the rise of the Mafia, the story of Sicily is rich with extraordinary moments and dramatic characters. Norwich outlines the surprising influence Sicily has had on world history--the Roman fascination with Greek culture dates back to their sack of Sicily--and tells the story of one of the world's most kaleidoscopic cultures in a galvanizing, contemporary way"--
Seeking Sicily: A Cultural Journey Through Myth and Reality in the Heart of the Mediterranean by John Keahey
This book was published 10 years ago by Thomas Dunne Books and takes approximately 11.2 hours to read.
Drawing on the works of literary masters, a cultural tour of Sicily draws on influences ranging from historical and political to archaeological and culinary while exploring how contemporary Sicilians remain steadfast to the beliefs and traditions of their ancestors.
Sicily: The Cookbook: Recipes Rooted in Traditions by Melissa Muller
This book was published 4 years ago by Rizzoli and takes approximately 11.2 hours to read.
Sicily is set to become the category-killer for this region's cooking, in the way of My Calabria, The Tuscan Sun Cookbook, or Polpo: A Venetian Cookbook. The few Sicilian cookbooks that exist focus on only the familiar classic dishes; none has the scope or the authenticity of this one. Sicily has many of the components that made Jerusalem a sleeper hit: naturally healthy Mediterranean cooking; evocative beautiful photography of an ancient destination; and recipes just exotic enough but not intimidating. This book brings modern-day Sicilian cuisine to life, giving context to it while offering more than 100 fresh and contemporary dishes people will want to cook today. The author, with a journalistic rigor, has traveled all over the island, documenting each town's fascinating historic food culture, but also uncovering the forward-thinking ways that new chefs and home cooks are using to revitalize recipes.
Sicily: Three Thousand Years of Human History by Sandra Benjamin
This book was published 14 years ago by Steerforth and takes approximately 17.1 hours to read.
The emigration of people from Sicily often overshadows the importance of the people who immigrated to the island through the centuries. These have included several who became Sicily's rulers, along with Jews, Ligurians, Albanians, Greeks, Vandals, Goths, Muslims, Hohenstaufens, Spaniards and Bourbons, all of who have left lasting influences on the island's culture and architecture. This unique book is as essential as it is enjoyable, aimed at tourists, armchair travellers and historians alike.
From Scratch: A Memoir of Love, Sicily, and Finding Home by Tembi Locke
Category: Love & Loss
This book was published last year by Simon & Schuster and takes approximately 11.7 hours to read.
This Reese Witherspoon Book Club Pick and New York Times bestseller is “a captivating story of love lost and found” (Kirkus Reviews) set in the lush Sicilian countryside, where one woman discovers the healing powers of food, family, and unexpected grace in her darkest hours. It was love at first sight when actress Tembi met professional chef, Saro, on a street in Florence. There was just one problem: Saro’s traditional Sicilian family did not approve of his marrying a black American woman. However, the couple, heartbroken but undeterred, forged on. They built a happy life in Los Angeles, with fulfilling careers, deep friendships, and the love of their lives: a baby girl they adopted at birth. Eventually, they reconciled with Saro’s family just as he faced a formidable cancer that would consume all their dreams. From Scratch chronicles three summers Tembi spends in Sicily with her daughter, Zoela, as she begins to piece together a life without her husband in his tiny hometown hamlet of farmers. Where once Tembi was estranged from Saro’s family, now she finds solace and nourishment—literally and spiritually—at her mother-in-law’s table. In the Sicilian countryside, she discovers the healing gifts of simple fresh food, the embrace of a close knit community, and timeless traditions and wisdom that light a path forward. All along the way she reflects on her and Saro’s romance—an incredible love story that leaps off the pages. In Sicily, it is said that every story begins with a marriage or a death—in Tembi Locke’s case, it is both. “Locke’s raw and heartfelt memoir will uplift readers suffering from the loss of their own loved ones” (Publishers Weekly), but her story is also about love, finding a home, and chasing flavor as an act of remembrance. From Scratch is for anyone who has dared to reach for big love, fought for what mattered most, and those who needed a powerful reminder that life is...delicious.
The Florios of Sicily: A Novel by Stefania Auci
Category: Family Saga
This book was published last year by HarperVia and takes approximately 15.4 hours to read.
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