Friday, October 11, 2013
Southern Italian Desserts
Rediscovering the Sweet traditions of Calabria, Campania, Basilicata, Puglia and Sicily.
By Rosetta Costantino
Published by Ten Speed Press on October 8th, 2013
If you do not have easy access to a pistachio tree, you may regret buying this wonderful, wonderful book, as so many of the recipes call for pistachios :-)
If pressed, most people of my acquaintance can name only two Italian desserts - Zabaglione and Tiramisu - yet this book shows there are so very many luscious desserts from Southern Italy alone.
Cookies, tuiles, cake rolls, watermelon tart, baked ricotta tart, filled sponge cakes, pastries and pies galore will tempt the reader to head straight into the kitchen and start baking. Mousses and gelatos made me wish I had an ice-cream maker of my own..... Saints' Days have traditional dishes such as the wheatberry pudding for St Lucia's Day, St Joseph's Cream Puffs, St Joseph's fried pastries, Carnevale semolina cake, Easter pies and so much more.
The countryside is photographed as beautifully as the recipes, and is just as tempting as the food showcased in the book.