Bitter Almonds: Recollections & Recipes from a Sicilian Girlhood

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Memoirs of a Sicilian woman's childhood--spent in a harsh convent where she learned to make incredible pastries--are combined with recipes, written down for the first time, for such delectable treats as biscotti, tarts, cakes, marzipan confections. 35,000 first printing. $25,000 ad/promo.

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In the early 1950s, Maria Grammatico and her sister were sent by their impoverished mother to a cloistered orphanage in the ancient Sicilian hill town of Erice. It was a Dickensian existence—beating sugar mixtures for six hours at a time, rising before dawn to prime the ovens, and surviving on an unrelenting diet of vegetable gruel. But it was there that Maria learned to make the beautifully handcrafted pastries that were sold to customers from behind a grille in the convent wall. At 22, Maria left the orphanage with little else than the knowledge acquired during a childhood spent preparing delicacies for others. Today, she is the successful owner of her own pasticceria in Erice, a mecca for travelers the world over. A frequent customer, Mary Taylor Simeti—author of On Persephone’s Island and Sicilian Food—became first a friend and then the chronicler of Maria’s extraordinary story.

About the Author :

Mary Taylor Simeti was born and brought up in New York City. In 1962 she went to Sicily, where she married and raised two children. Her books are the acclaimed SICILIAN FOOD (Grub Street '99), ON PERSEPHONE'S ISLAND (Bantam, '01), the forthcoming TRAVELS WITH A MEDIEVAL QUEEN (Weidenfeld & Nicolson, '02) and BITTER ALMONDS with Maria Grammatico. A respected food writer who occasionally contributes to the New York Times, Mary lives in Sicily with her husband Tonino. MARIA GRAMMATICO's famous pastry shop, the Pasticceria Maria Grammatico, can be found on via Vittorio Emanuele in Erice, Sicily.

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