> Sicilia 9/04


In September I toured Sicily. Goethe said that Sicily was the key to understanding Italy. Here successive waves of civilization settled and were replaced. I spent time with what is mainly left: remains from Greeks, mostly, and Normans. Very special, though, is the century's long traditions of food: natural, tasty, healthy, visually appealing, creative, and, best of all, many more Sicilians are enjoying such food now that at the turn of the twentieth century when large portions of the population emigrated because of poverty.
While there, I discovered Henry James' book, ITALIAN HOURS. What delightful and stimulating reading for the Italophile. Here's a sample passage: "...a visitor who has worked off the immediate ferment for this inexhaustibly interesting country has be no means entirely drained the cup."