Stolen Figs: And Other Adventures in Calabria

Stolen Figs And Other Adventures in Calabria Calabria is the toe of the boot that is Italy a rugged peninsula where grapevines and fig and olive trees cling to the mountainsides during scorching summers Calabria is also a seedbed of Italian Amer

Calabria is the toe of the boot that is Italy a rugged peninsula where grapevines and fig and olive trees cling to the mountainsides during scorching summers Calabria is also a seedbed of Italian American culture in North America, people of Italian heritage trace their roots to Calabria than to almost any other region in Italy.Mark Rotella s Stolen Figs nameCalabria is the toe of the boot that is Italy a rugged peninsula where grapevines and fig and olive trees cling to the mountainsides during scorching summers Calabria is also a seedbed of Italian American culture in North America, people of Italian heritage trace their roots to Calabria than to almost any other region in Italy.Mark Rotella s Stolen Figs named a Best Travel Book of 2003 by Cond Nast Traveler is a marvelous evocation of Calabria A grandson of Calabrese immigrants, Rotella persuades his father to visit the region for the first time in thirty years once there, he meets Giuseppe, a postcard photographer who becomes his guide As they travel around the region, Giuseppe initiates Rotella and the reader into its secrets how to make a soppressata and nduja, and, of course, how to steal a fig without committing a crime Stolen Figs is a model travelogue at once charming and wise, and full of an earthy and unpretentious sense of life that now, as ever, characterizes Calabria and its people.

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  1. What can you say about a book with gorgeous writing describing a gorgeous location If you re strapped for cash like me and can t go traveling as far and as frequently as you d like, read this book and let passages like this transport you The cogwheel train pulled us up the mountain, then crawled along the ridges of cliffs Below, veins of nearly dried up streams lined the valleys Dust and smoke from the diesel engine funneled in through the open windows We passed in and out of tunnels cut throug [...]


  2. When reading this book, I was with Mark Rotella on the roads After reading it, I just can t wait to go back to Italy, Calabria and Puglia I d recommend to anyone with ancestors from there, a great way to learn about the real Calabria.


  3. There is NOTHING written about Calabria I read travel books constantly and this is the first one I ve run across And now I want to read , , about the area If you re tired of Tuscan sun and Provence tales, you ll enjoy this memoir travel book.


  4. I was excited to read this book, as Calabria is a region of Italy one rarely hears about This book, however, was extremely uninspiring as far as travel writing goes, and the New York native author came across as irritating and lame The book starts out with him showing up at his extended Italian family s home planning to stay for a few months, at which point it becomes clear that they thought he was only staying one week Would one not clarify that with someone before expecting to be hosted Over t [...]


  5. I am currently going through my dad s bookshelves and either finishing books he never did I find a lot of bookmarks halfway through his books or reading some of his favourites My dad was such an avid reader it is so amazing to go through his bookshelves and select so many interesting titles This was among his collection of Italian literature and I loved finding an inscription written to him inside I loved reading this book It was the perfect summer novel and was read on the beach at Georgian Bay [...]




  6. Wandering through Calabria with Mark Rotellawas a lovely experience Rotella visited Calabria,located in the toe of the boot of Italy for thoselike me who might have missed this in school,several times, to connect with family who wereoriginally from this area.My Italian roots were ripped from soil in the northernpart of the country though I was unaware of this,there is apparently quite a bit of animosity betweennorth and south in Italy, with the south, includingCalabria, playing the role of poore [...]


  7. I think this is the first book I have read about Italy that does not focus on Tuscany or Rome Mark Rotella decided to return to the small village in Calabria where his paternal grandparents came from He discovered many relatives he didn t know about At the same time he learned about his Italian heritage and how it differed from growing up Italian American I found it interesting that most Italian Americans came trace their roots back to southern Italy.Rotella mentions his attempts to gain Italian [...]


  8. I really wanted to like this I had an email recently from Sandra, a lovely Canadian woman I met in Brugges, who is in the midst of planning her wedding and honeymoon She s taking Italian lessons, and they re planning on spending time in Calabria in Italy She mentioned that she was reading this to learn about the area Mark Rotella is an editor at Publishers Weekly, and, despite that credential, just can t write very well The book reads like he took the contents of a guidebook to the region, move [...]


  9. This is the kind of book I d like to buy instead of get from the library, so I could keep it next to my favorite chair and read a chapter now and then It s not written in a terribly compelling style, yet is a wonderful book about Calabria, told from a day to day almost resident kind of perspective, and with history.I d recommend this, just don t expect to gallop breathlessly from cover to cover It isn t that type of book.


  10. Interesting to read this non fiction description of Calabria, in southern Italy My husband s father and grandparents are from here and we actually visited the villages of Tropea and Canola in 1994 Strong descriptions of the limited economy, of local foodlore and customs, blend of pagan traditions with Catholicism Good companion reading to Gay Talese s Unto the Sons.


  11. While it doesn t show of course, I give this a 3.5 I really liked going around Calabria with Mark but I hated going back and forth on another map to see where he was The map in the book was a good start but not enough for a map freak like me I would also have liked images That said, I m hungry just thinking of the book.


  12. A wonderful travelogue about the beauty and idiosyncrasies of visiting the homeland of the author s father Southern Italy I think it would mostly appeal to those of us who have a deep interest and or love for that part of the world, particularly if you re of Italian heritage or better yet, Calabrese


  13. Liam and I read this while travelling through Calabria this spring The author, like us, was searching for his Italian relatives Many of his experiences resonated with ours, and made for delightful reading for those is search of gli famiglia I ve already sent it to our Sacha, who s hoping to take her Dad there.


  14. not the best or most exciting travel log, but rotella does get into the spirit of things traveling around and showing us his homeland of calabria i want to go plus the last 10 pages made me cry good job marco


  15. A great travelogue to get me excited about my upcoming trip to Calabria Most travel guides on Italy don t have that much info about Calabria, this book talks about the amazing people, history, culture, and villages that make Calabria what it is today.


  16. I loved learning the history of Calabria and really loved all the descriptions of food and there were many All in all, there s not much of a point to this one unless you want to know a teeny bit about each of the many small towns in the region, but it wasn t a bad read.


  17. This book made me wish I was Italian The author has a great way of making the reader feel that they are right beside him in Calabria Great read for travelers or anyone who loves family history.






  18. My reading theme went from Chinese cooking matters to Italian ones Now, I ve chosen a memoir about discovering your family s heritage in this case Calabrian.


  19. dad gave me this book and said I had to read it Now that I ve been to Calabria twiced married a CalabrianI think it is a must read I ll let you know what I think.







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