Celebrating Italy Californian Carol Field timed her visits to catch the feasts and festivals that occur somewhere in Italy almost any given day. In Celebrating Italy ,… Celebrating Italy 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