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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 271 pages
  • Publisher: Phaidon Press (April 2, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0714863521
  • ISBN-13: 978-0714863528
  • Product Dimensions: 10.7 x 7.2 x 1.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #161,322 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Sicilian cuisine seems simple, with a splash of Marsala on the veal, a caponata on toast, couscous with seafood and a decorative cassata. But, as the new handsome Sicily explains, the island offers distinctive regional cuisines based on local products. . .And once you sizzle the veal Marsala from Trapani, you'll commit the straight forward recipe to memory and serve it often." - The New York Times

"Think of [Sicily] as more of a travelogue, albeit one peppered with 50 recipes. . .This is the sort of cookbook where the full-page photograph alone of those sarde a beccafico could turn a sardine hater into a lover." - LA Weekly

"It seems home cooks can never get enough Italian. . .Sicily is sure to offer solid, traditional recipes from all the island's provinces." - Publishers Weekly, Top Ten Cookbooks for Spring

"Sicily compiled by the esteemed editors of the Italian classic The Silver Spoon, with 50 regional recipes and more than 150 full-color photos of the countryside and kitchen, offers a new tribute to this storied, sun-drenched land and it's vibrant, varied table. . .This is a great book for travelers, cooks and dreamers, armchair and otherwise." - BookPage

"To capture the entire sense of a place between the covers of one cookbook is no small task. Yet, here is a photo of bobbing fishing boats that feels so close that I can practically smell the salt water. And a woman making fresh couscous that I want to scoop with my hands, and a basket of silvery fresh-caught anchovies for dinner, and spirals of yellow pasta, and. . .and. . .and. Sicily is one of those cookbooks that transports and inspires." - TheKitchn.com

"This beautiful cookbook and travelogue features over 50 traditional recipes along with stunning photos that transport readers to the island. . .Both adventurous and traditional cooks will be thrilled and inspired by this unique and varied collection of Italian dishes." - Publishers Weekly

"This beautiful, extravagantly produced book may be the center piece of your coffee table, through you will likely borrow it when you feel like Italian for dinner." - Portland Book Review, 5-star review

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By SandrasBookNook on May 25, 2013
Format: Hardcover
Bella Sicilia!! This is an amazing, gorgeous cookbook!! Not just a cookbook, though, as it is divided into regions and includes information and history on Sicily, each region, and many of the main ingredients. Sicily is a place that is close to my heart, and this book was a feast for my eyes and soul as well as my stomach! So many of my favorites are here, including probably my favorite Sicilian "street food" of all time, Arancini. Now, the recipe here is for the classic version with a meat sauce in the middle. My favorite arancini have Pecorino (not the aged Pecorino Romano, but a young, softer Pecorino such as my favorite "Primo Sale" or you could use a "Pecorino Toscana", etc), prosciutto and sometimes mozzarella in them instead. It's easy to do that with this recipe, though as you just chop the ingredients up and either replace the filling with the cheese and meat, or even just mix the cheese and meat into the rice mixture. Delicioso!!

Gelato, Sfinci (kind of like an Italian version of a donut, but so much better!! You can also roll them in cinnamon sugar or dust with powdered sugar, which is how we had them, instead of using the syrup if you're in a bit of a hurry.), Cannoli--this version is a little different with candied pumpkin and rum, Panelle (chick-pea fritters) and so many more!

I have found many new recipes I'm dying to try such as Farsumagru (Stuffed veal), Pasticcio di Pollo (Chicken Pie--it has pistachios and almonds in it!), and Gamberi e Capperi (Prawns/shrimp with capers) to name just a few. I love how this book highlights the fact that, though most people immediately think of heavy pasta dishes when they think of Italian or Sicilian food, it is so much more than that!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Joann Flora on May 20, 2013
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
Beautiful printed book. Reminds me of the stories my mother told me of her mother's memories of Sicilian food and the recipes are doable as well.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By G. Wagner on December 9, 2013
Format: Hardcover
Sicily has its own unique cuisine, influenced by several waves of invaders and conquerers. The various regions of Sicily each have their own foodstyles and ingredients that are also distinct from each other. //Sicily// is a fascinating book that showcases the local dishes of each of the nine regions of the island, with a typical menu and recipes for each.||This book is not exactly a cookbook, although it has several detailed and easy-to-follow recipes. It is more a food travel book. There are beautiful photographs of the island, as well as of the food. Key ingredients to each region are highlighted with informative articles that explain their origin, cultivation, and typical use in the region. The recipes are easy to follow, although several are made with many ingredients that, due to the admirable tradition of using only fresh, local foods, will be hard to find outside of Sicily, or maybe even outside that particular region. I could wish for more recipes for some of the signature dishes mentioned; a true Sicilian cookbook will be a better investment for anyone wishing to master the cuisine. Still, for those who are interested in the region, its history and food, this will be an entertaining and delicious sampling.
I received a copy from the San Francisco Book Review in exchange for an honest review. The opinions are solely mine.
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By Claudine Eckhart on October 25, 2013
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
I gave it to my friend who is a Sicilian artist. He was thrilled with the whole book. He especially loved the photographs and the beautiful lay out. He was impressed with the whole book and said that it was the best gift.
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