Friday, April 12, 2013

MANGIARI DI CAVALERI

Tumazzo, pani e pira, è mangiari di cavaleri. 
Mellow cheese, bread and pears are food for knights.
- Sicilian proverb

My thanks go today to a student who works in the food industry and was thoughtful enough to bring me two lovely books about cheese:

  

The one on the left, about Ragusano cheese, has fascinating stories and insights about how this product was and is made, as well as beautiful black and white pictures of the cheese itself, the production process and the Ragusan countryside:  




The book on the right, which is in English, is a comprehensive study of three Sicilian cheeses - Pecorino Siciliano, Piacentinu Ennese and Provola dei Nebrodi. As well as scientific information about the cheeses, the volume contains recipes, serving suggestions, flowcharts of the production processes and a list of historical references to each cheese. I was interested to learn that both Pecorino Siciliano and Piacentinu Ennese are mentioned by Pliny the Elder, whilst the first historical reference to Provola dei Nebrodi was in 1886.

Grazie, studente mio!

2 comments:

Liz said...

Cheese, bread and pears, yes, that'll do nicely, thank you.

Welshcakes Limoncello said...

Works for me, Liz!

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