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Buccellato Siciliano (Christmas Fig and Nut Pastry Ring)

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This year I would like to share with you a traditional dessert that is prepared in Palermo, Sicily for Christmas – Buccellato. Think of the Buccellato as a super-sized fig cookie. The smaller size of this pastry is called Cucciddati or Buccellatini. I think it is more impressive (and easier) for the Christmas table to prepare one Buccellato than a dozen small cookies. 

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Dolci di Noci (walnut cookies)

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This is the first recipe that I am sharing with you from my new cookbook “Southern Italian Desserts”.  It has become one of my favorite cookies and it couldn’t be more simple to make.  Can you think of any other cookie that has only three ingredients?  It is so good that anybody that has one wants more and more.

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Name that dessert contest --- The winner is .....

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Back in April I shared five photographs from my new cookbook "Southern Italian Desserts"  in a post and asked you to guess the name of the following desserts and the region they come from.   Everyone that named at least one dessert correctly (name of dessert and region) was entered into a drawing for a free autographed copy of "Southern Italian Desserts". 

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Name that Dessert

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In this post I have included photographs of some of my favorite desserts from my new cookbook “Southern Italian Desserts.”   I can only share five pictures with you.  All the photographs were taken by the talented Sara Remington who also did the photography for my first cookbook, My Calabria. The recipes in the book range from simple home desserts to the cutting-edge creations of Southern Italy’s finest pastry chefs.  I’ve included desserts already well-known and loved in America, such as gelato and cannoli, as well as regional specialties virtually unknown in this country, and rarely, if ever, found in books, magazines, or online.

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Spaghetti con carciofi (Spaghetti with fresh artichokes)

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I have decided to share with youthe recipes that did not make it into my first cookbook "My Calabria". I had tested and submitted too many recipes and at the end many had to be cut so the book didn't go over 400 pages. Here is the first recipe that I would like to share with you,  Spaghetti with Fresh Artichokes. This is a simple recipe that I prepare during this time of the yearwhen you can find the small artichokes that are used in this dish. This sauce works well with long or short pasta and especially well with homemade pasta.

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My second cookbook

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I feel like I've been keeping a secret for way too long, but it's finally time to share with you the work that I've been doing for the past year and a half.  I can’t believe it, after all the testing and retesting, and driving all over Southern Italy to discover and perfect dessert recipes, the hard work is coming to fruition -- I'm proud to announce that my second cookbook is done!

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Tonno sott'olio: Tuna preserved under oil

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Tuna preserved in olive oil is the pride of the Calabrian pantry. Most Calabrians that live near the Tyrrhenian coast preserve their own. My parents did not, since they lived inland, but were fortunate to be able to buy good tuna. At the end of every summer vacation we would spend in Calabria my son would have me pack as many jars as would fit in my suitcase.

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Back to the blog!

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Thank goodness things have calmed down from the book tour. Now I can continue sharing recipes and telling you about the garden. But I would also like to hear from you about what you'd like for me to include in the blog: any particular kinds of recipes? More garden tips? More stories about Calabria? Let me know, and I'll get right on it. Here is a video that was shown last Tuesday on Eye on the Bay, a local tv show on the Bay Area channel, KPIX.  The show featured my book,  my dad’s garden and my mom cooking along with me in my kitchen.

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My book is at the printer!

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I can’t believe it! After all these years I finally have my own book in my hands. I received what is known in the publishing business as a "bindery copy" last week. Here it is sitting on my table:

A sneak preview of  the back cover:

and a page in the book:

By the way, My Calabria is now also on Facebook. Become a fan and you will be able to stay on top of my book-signing events, cooking classes and culinary tours to Calabria. To join, go to the rightmost column of this page and click on the Like button under the "My Calabria on Facebook" logo. And don't forget to tell your friends!

A sneak preview of "My Calabria" cookbook

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Take a look at the sales blad for my cookbook! "Blad" stands for "book, layout and design" and is used by a publisher's sales and marketing department to sell into their various markets. Once you are at the website click below the cover page to browse through the 12 pages of the blad. This will give you a preview with some beautiful color photographs taken by Sara Remington. Don't try to order it yet because it’s not available until November 2010!

Coming soon: "My Calabria"

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I just received a copy of my cookbook jacket and had to share it with you. It was such a surprise because I didn't know which photo would be chosen. There were so many gorgeous shots taken by Sara Remington to choose from, but this really stood out. The cover says it all: "Rustic Family Cooking from Italy's Undiscovered South".

Don't try to order it yet because it’s not available until November 2010!

Photoshoot

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Here's an inside look at a few photos that might appear in my cookbook coming out in 2010, taken by the talented photographer Sara Remington and styled by Katie Christ.

Please click on the thumbnails below to see these exquisite shots in detail.

I'll be traveling to Calabria in late April with Sara to take more pictures. I can't wait to show you all the wonderful specialties of my native land and the beauty of this unspoiled region of Italy.