by Rosetta Costantino & Janet Fletcher
At the tip of Italy’s “boot” lies Calabria. It is a beautiful, mountainous region populated by fishermen and small farmers. Rosetta Costantino grew up in this rugged landscape, her father a shepherd and wine maker and her mother his tireless assistant. When her family immigrated to California, they re-created a little Calabria on their property, cooking with eggplant, tomatoes, and peppers from their garden, fresh ricotta made from scratch, and pasta fashioned by hand. A frugal people, Calabrians are master preservers, transforming fresh figs into jam, canning fresh tuna in oil, and sun-drying peppers for the winter. Now Rosetta shares her family’s story and introduces readers to the fiery simplicity of Calabrian food. With 100 color photographs, this is the first cookbook of a little-known region of Italy. It celebrates the richness of the region’s landscape and the allure of its cuisine. My Calabria is a cookbook for our time: a reminder of how ingenious and resourceful cooks can create a gorgeous local cuisine.