â€śIt has always been true for me that to know a place, I must first know how it eats and drinks. Everything unravels at the table.â€ť â€“Marlena de BlasiMarlena de Blasiâ€™s lifelong affair with cooking began at age nine on a beach along the coast of southern Italy, where she met an elderly woman roasting potatoes coated with olive oil, rosemary, and sea salt over an open fire.Now, in A Taste of Southern Italy, de Blasi brings to life the spirit as well as the cuisine of this bountiful region. With de Blasi we travel down remote country goat paths in tiny island villages and along sun-washed avenues of great cities in search of some of the most treasured recipes in the world. This is as much a storybook as it is a cookbook: a gathering of small rhapsodies, impressions, and romantic notions from a land where such delights are plentiful. In our journey through the kitchens of southern Italy we find tantalizing recipes for a host of mouthwatering dishes, includingGnocchi di Castagne con Porcini TrifolatiInsalata di Pesce Dove il Mare Non Câ€™Ă©Pane di AltamuraFrittelle di Ricotta e Rhum alla LucanaPeperoni Arrostiti RipieniLa Vera PizzaPomodori alla BracePesce Spada sulla Brace alla PantescaRicotta FortePasta alla PecoraioLa Torta Antica EricinaUn Gelato BaroccoWith these authentic recipes at your fingertips, you can master the luscious tastes and rustic ambiance of southern Italy. These dishes are sure to become a tradition in your home, and will fill it with tantalizing aromas and love.