Celebrating Italy (1991) Californian Carol Field timed her visits to catch the feasts and festivals that occur somewhere in Italy almost any given day. In Celebrating Italy ,… Cooking/Home Nonfiction Morrow
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Celebrating Italy (1991)

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Details Writer: Carol Field; Genres: Cooking/Home, Nonfiction; Publisher: Morrow

Californian Carol Field timed her visits to catch the feasts and festivals that occur somewhere in Italy almost any given day. In Celebrating Italy, a splendid cookbook, travel guide, and cultural history, she describes the violent three-day battle of oranges that marks carnival time in the town of Ivrea, in Piedmont; the two-ton cake with which the villagers of Lavagna, near Genoa, still commemorate a 13th-century noble's wedding; Verona's gnocchi bacchanalia; and about three dozen other passionately enacted rituals of spectacle, devotion, and gastronomic indulgence. For prospective travelers she adds a chronological list of more than 250 celebrations. For stay-at-home cooks she provides surprisingly unintimidating recipes for the celebrated dishes. A

Originally posted Jan 25, 1991 Published in issue #50 Jan 25, 1991 Order article reprints