Stolen Figs And Other Adventures in Calabria - Mark RotellaStolen Figs And Other Adventures in Calabria - Mark Rotella
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Stolen Figs And Other Adventures in Calabria - Mark Rotella

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Calabria is the toe of the boot that is Italy -- a rugged peninsula where grapevines and fig and olive trees cling to the mountainsides during scorching summers. Calabria is also a seedbed of Italian-American culture; in North America, more people of Italian heritage trace their roots to Calabria than to almost any other region in Italy.

Mark Rotella's Stolen Figs -Gestolen Vijgen- is a marvelous evocation of Calabria. A grandson of Calabrese immigrants, Rotella persuades his father to visit the region for the first time in thirty years; once there, he meets Giuseppe, a postcard photographer who becomes his guide. As they travel around the region, Giuseppe initiates Rotella -- and the reader -- into its secrets: how to make a soppressata and 'nduja, and, of course, how to steal a fig without committing a crime. Stolen Figs is a model travelogue -- at once charming and wise, and full of an earthy and unpretentious sense of life that now, as ever, characterizes Calabria and its people.

Mark Rotella, kleinzoon van immigranten uit Calabrie, krijgt zijn vader zover dat hij, voor het eerst in dertig jaar, zijn geboortegrond bezoekt. Giuseppe, fotograaf voor ansichtkaarten, wordt de Calabrische gids. Hij laat Rotella en de lezer de geheimen en de schoonheid van dit ruige schiereiland in het zuidwesten van Italie ontdekken. Een betoverend en liefdevol reisboek over Rotella's verwanten, de Calabrezen, het woeste landschap en de pure geuren en smaken van verse olijfolie en versgebakken brood.


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