Recollections and Recipes from a Sicilian Girlhood
Written with Maria Grammatico
The story of a Sicilian pastry chef who learned her trade in an orphanage run by nuns. It includes the recipes that have made her world-famous.
…an unforgettable portrait of a unique world; the preservation of a culinary art that has in some measure been lost forever; and a haunting, inspiring story of one powerful woman’s triumph over cruel circumstance and culture.
– Courier Lifestyles
No one brings Sicily to life for us quite like Mary Taylor Simeti. Bitter Almonds introduces Sicilian baker Maria Grammatico, a woman of such engaging warmth, wisdom and grit that even if you don’t cook (and her food is superb), you will find her and the book irresistible. What a jewel.
– Lynne Rossetto Kasper, author of The Splendid Table.
“A unique and special book.”
- Library Journal