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Basilicata Secrets: A Culinary Journey
Guernica Editions (MiroLand), Spring 2021
146 pages
Trade Paperback
ISBN13: 9781771836845
ISBN10: 1771836849
$29.95 Canada, $25.95 US, £14.95 UK

Anita Aloisio uncovers culinary secrets as she travels the Basilicata region of Italy. Along the way, she meets villagers, renowned chefs and amateur cooks who offer to recreate and share specialty dishes and recipes. Anita and her team witness how the very soul of the southern Italian way of being is reflected in every dish. They are touched not only by the smells and sounds emanating from the kitchens, but by the authentic dedication and passion the chefs and cooks demonstrate. Each segment of this travel journal encapsulates a deeply-rooted sensation of family, love, and affection, reviving the need for human connection, which transcends any borders when expressed through the selfless sharing of a meal.
Wasting food is unacceptable. Each element is considered with devotion and gratitude. Homemade pasta, for instance, is sacred--to waste it, a sacrilege. How, I thought, do these belief systems evolve? How are they transmitted from generation to generation and how do values around the consumption of food become etched in our consciousness? These questions motivated me to delve into the significance of recipes and fuelled my desire to revive the culinary influences that shaped who I am.

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Basilicata Secrets: A Culinary Journey