This book takes readers on a great tour of the fascinating island of Sicilyto 26 pastry shops as well as convents, restaurants and private homesto discover authentic recipes for desserts and pastries. In this charming cookbook, Victoria Granof serves up 106 dishes that she's redeveloped especially for American kitchens. Along the way, she offers fascinating historical facts about the island of Sicily, its people, customs, and the evolution of the pastry tradition, local festivals involving pastries, advice from the cooks themselves, and American sources for ingredients.
Among the many luscious recipes included are the familiar Cannoli, Biscotti Regina and Cassata, along with such exotic ancient treats as Jasmine Ice, Virgin's Breasts and Sesame Brittle. Graced by beautiful photos of the dishes, as well as of the local pastry shops and their proprietors, this book of sweet secrets and local lore is a wonderful addition to every kitchen library.
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