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Bitter Almonds: Recollections and Recipes from a Sicilian Girlhood (Anglais) Broché – 1 septembre 2002

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HASH(0x8bafe828) étoiles sur 5 Fascinating history, definitive flavor 13 avril 1998
Par Linda Starr - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Relié
I believe this is one of the most underrated cookbooks in terms of awards (Child, Beard, etc.) and public attention. I LOVED the story, and I feel like I was allowed to have something very personal, special and unique in the recipes which are exquisite. Had I not known a wonderful Italian lady (Carmel Anthony) and tasted her special cookies, however, I may not have known enough to get this book. You'll love it!
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HASH(0x8ba74a14) étoiles sur 5 Remarks from a Sicilian Girl 17 septembre 2001
Par Un client - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Relié Achat vérifié
I have just returned from Sicily where I visited Maria's shop and saw the convent where her childhood was spent. I wish I would have read the book before my visit. The smell of almond pastries led me right up the narrow street and to the pastries and candies in her shop, and they are marvelous. The convent is just a short walk up the street from her shop, in the square. The recipes she shares in the book are uncomplicated and simply delicious. Her story is not embellished. There is no polished prose. It is as she saw it and lived it and has told it with her unique Sicilian expression. I enjoyed reading it and I will continue to enjoy her recipes.
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HASH(0x8b99bf48) étoiles sur 5 Not just for the recipes 10 avril 2011
Par Susan Woodward - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Relié Achat vérifié
Yes, you can go to the pastry shop, but it is more important to read the book. Even translated into English, the voice is extraordinary. The story begins sad but unsentimental -- Maria's family is so poor they send her and one of her sisters to the nunnery where the nuns will feed her and she will work -- but has a happy ending with Maria grown, educated, independent, and prosperous, living near her family. The trimphant personality comes through honest and unembellished. All of the redundancy typical of real human conversation is preserved, so it seems you are listening to Maria's voice.

Watch Maria make genovesi on youtube. Then read Leonardo Sciascia's detective novel "To Each His Own" and his collection of short stories "The Wine-Dark Sea" (both published in lovely NYRB Classics editions I especially loved "Demotion" about the ladies of the village rescuing Santa Filomena, long may she reign, from the Vatican's ax), Lawrence Durrell's "Sicilian Carousel", and Mimetta LoMonte's cookbooks (as much for the recolletions of growing up in Sicily as for the recipes) and get the "Blue Guide" to Sicily and you will be ready to go. Mary Taylor Simeta's recollections are informative too.
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HASH(0x8bbad06c) étoiles sur 5 Is this a book about a talented dedicated baker, or the person writing about her? 26 novembre 2012
Par Kiwiflora - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Broché
I have mixed feelings about this book. Firstly what sort of book is it? Is it a recipe book - 111 pages of its 229 pages are recipes; secondly is it biography of Maria Grammatico or thirdly is it a memoir of Mary Taylor Simeti telling how she came to be telling Maria's story. And these two latter stories cover the first 118 pages.

There is a terrific story here in the life Maria Grammatico. In the 1950s, her impoverished mother sent her, at the age of 11, and her older sister to live in the enclosed and cloistered world of the local convent. There were approximately 22 people living in the convent of whom 13 were nuns, the rest young girls such as Maria and her sister. Maria lived here till the age of 25, when she left the convent. The only skills she had were how to make the delicious, dainty, delectable pastries, sweetmeats and biscuits that she had 'acquired' over the years living with the nuns. The nuns produced vast quantities of these morsels to sell to the locals on feast days and religious celebrations/ceremonies. None for the girls. It was an appalling existence really for young girls. There was never enough food, very few comforts, very little if any freedom, no celebrations or fun of any kind. The one solace for Maria was the kitchen. Now, in her fifties, she still lives in the town the convent was in - Erice - and has her own very famous and highly regarded Italian patisserie where she makes, by hand, all the delicacies she had learnt all those years ago. On You Tube there are some lovely films of Maria in her kitchen and interviews with her about her life. I would love to have had the whole 229 pages about her life, more about what convent life was like, more about what happened to her when she left the convent, how she started her business - I kid you not, it is summarised in one paragraph. Very very disappointing.

So is the book then a memoir of the writer, Mary Taylor Simeti and how she came to meet Maria and write the book. Unfortunately there is almost as much about this as there is about Maria. Mary is a successful writer herself, married to a Sicilian and living on Sicily. Her books about Sicilian food and travel are highly regarded and would appear to be well worth reading. But to me, this little book, should not be about her, and unfortunately it is. She intersperses Maria's story with snippets from her own, and the thread really does at times become quite confusing.

Then we come to the remaining 111 pages of recipes. And glorious they are too! From almond dough, almond cream, ricotta tart, citron jam, marzipan, fig biscuits, preserves - 46 recipes in total. And all this is marvellous to read too! But is it perhaps just a little too much?

My overall feeling on finishing this book was that I felt cheated. And that Maria actually deserved more. Maybe one day someone will write a real biography of Maria's story instead of this offering.
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HASH(0x8ba555ac) étoiles sur 5 It was the best cannoli I've ever eaten and I have access to ... 10 août 2015
Par Elaine Crupe - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Broché Achat vérifié
Touching book! I met Maria Grammatico, the baker this book is written about, approximately two weeks ago (07/2015) in Erice, Sicily at her bakery. I was intrigued to learn where she learned her skill and had to buy this book.

When we arrived at the bakery, a camera crew was there, filming her. And, in the garden of her bakery, we had cannoli and sipped Marsala wine. It was the best cannoli I've ever eaten and I have access to all of the New York City pastry shops!

Maria, in person, is the consummate professional...an inspiration.

I love that some of her recipes for creams and batters are listed in this book. Am anxious to try some.
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