Southern Italian Desserts

Southern Italian Desserts

Rediscovering the Sweet Traditions of Calabria, Campania, Basilicata, Puglia, and Sicily

Book - 2013 | First edition
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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.

Baker & Taylor
A guide to preparing authentic regional desserts from Southern Italy draws on the holiday and festival traditions of five key regions and includes a variety of pastries and fritters as well as variations of such favorites as cannoli, biscotti and gelato.

& Taylor

Presents a collection of seventy-five recipes for desserts organized by five regions of southern Italy, with a short history of Italian dessert cooking and advice on ingredients and cooking equipment.

Publisher: Berkeley : Ten Speed Press, [2013]
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9781607744023
Branch Call Number: 641.86 COSTANTI
Characteristics: x, 211 pages : color illustrations ; 26 cm
Additional Contributors: Schacht, Jennie
Remington, Sara


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Apr 18, 2015

Agreed a good book to read and look through, doubt many would try these recipes, a bit too high end for the average baker. I would have preferred a more simplistic collection of old recipes passed down to generations.

Mar 08, 2014

Decedent desserts. The skill level is high on this book, and I would only recommend it for advanced cooks.


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