I am almost convinced that I should visit Sicily soon and in the last months I've read a couple of good books about the food, culture and travel opportunities in this part of Italy, but a short reminder is just another incentive to keep up with my bucket-list.
In Etna's Shadow is a book that covers the personal experience of the writer of discovering the Eastern part of Sicily through the everyday life interactions, particularly the food habits. Although there are a couple of recipes shares, this book is not a cookbook, but rather an introduction to the culture and a collection of short stories about foods and vegetables and fruits too. You can read it as a culinary adventure and an incentive for wanderlust and this angle helps to appreciate the book more than expecting it to correspond to a specific frame.
'Destructive, yet nurturing, Etna's fertile soils support vineyards, fruit orchards, and citrus groves, in addition to fields of artichokes, what and strawberries'. The pictures amplify the feeling of wanderlust and the desire to take the first plane until you land in one of those little villages portrayed in the book. It has also a lot of useful information about how to find the best blood oranges, how to pick, clean and cook caper and some interesting cheese histories.
A reading recommendation for your travel planning weekend!
Disclaimer: Book offered by the publisher in exchange of an honest review