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The Sicily Cookbook: Authentic Recipes from a Mediterranean Island


05 July 2020

Who’s the author? Native Sicilian Cettina Vicenzino is a cook and food photographer who has written several books on Italian and Sicilian cuisine.

What’s it about?  Through a combination of authentic recipes, stunning food photography, and profiles of the author’s Sicilian food heroes (including local chefs and artisanal food producers), The Sicily Cookbook paints a mouth-watering portrait of Italy’s largest island. At once a celebration of Sicilian food and an exploration of Sicily’s distinct culture, this is a book to satisfy your wanderlust as much as your appetite.

The Sicily Cookbook weaves together the three major strands of Sicilian cooking – Cucina Povera (peasant food), Cibo di Strada (street food), and Cucina dei Monsù (sophisticated food) – allowing the home cook to explore the breadth of this unique Mediterranean cuisine. Expect plenty of spices, citrus fruits, cheese, tomatoes, aubergines, and seafood, as well as well as a rich array of meats and vegetarian dishes. If you’re yearning to recreate the bright, fresh flavours of Sicily in your own kitchen this summer, The Sicily Cookbook is the place to start.

Recipes we love: Sweet Meatballs with Almond and Cinnamon, Pasta alla Norma, Salt Cod with Olives, Capers, and Pears, Ricotta Dumplings in an Orange and Tomato Sauce, and Sicilian Orange Cake,

Perfect for: If you’re interested in finding out more about Sicilian culture, trying some deliciously authentic recipes, or simply escaping to Sicily by way of some truly evocative writing and photography, this is the book for you.

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Weekend In: Sicily

For the second instalment in our Weekend In series we are heading to Sicily by way of The Sicily Cookbook and an authentic feast of pasta alla norma, zucchini salad and cannoli.


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