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By the olive groves : a Calabrian childhood
By the olive groves : a Calabrian childhood
Ietto-Gillies, Grazia2017
In 1939 a girl was born in the wild Aspromonte mountains of Calabria, a land haunted by history and suffused with tradition but weighed down by poverty and the ever-present mafia. As the tremors of World War II shake the heart of Calabria, so the little girl's childhood unfolds. Her life is simple, revolving around school, friendship, family. At its heart is the kitchen where the dramas and joys of family life are played out and where her mother, Giulia, creates the food around which everything revolves. In this rich and heartfelt memoir, Grazia Ietto-Gillies remembers her youth in Calabria, from childhood sickness and her eccentric extended family to the excitement of religious festivals, near-constant struggle with poverty and an incident with the 'Ndrangheta, Calabria's mafia. Now, sixty years later, she realises that Calabria has defined everything she has ever done and that she has never really left the mountains of her childhood.
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London : I.B. Tauris, 2017.
xxi, 225 pages : illustrations, genealogical table, map ; 21 cm.
Includes bibliographical references (pages 217-222) and index of recipes.
Machine generated contents note: pt. I A CHILDHOOD OF LOVE AND OLIVE OIL -- 1.The milkman and his goats deliver -- 2.Education, Education, Education -- 3.Improving minds, skills and souls -- 4.Affairs of the heart: number one -- 5.Affairs of the heart: number two -- 6.Extended family: the `sweets' side -- 7.Extended family: bricks, mortar and Hail Marys -- 8.The Church -- 9.Religion and its festivals -- 10.Fun and play -- 11.Men -- 12.Women and their lives -- 13.Far bella figura -- 14.The local health service -- pt. II MOVING NORTH. STAYING SOUTH -- 15.North we go! -- 16.Settling down in the capital -- 17.Back to Delianuova: the two Totas -- 18.The miracolo economico reaches the family -- 19.Mamma did not do cuisine ... -- 20.Mafia? Never heard of it -- pt. III DELIANUOVA. HAVE I EVER LEFT IT? -- 21.International affairs -- 22.Tragedy in the family -- 23.Going back -- 24.You can't cook decent meals without olive oil -- 25.Still thinking of Calabria.
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LocationCollectionCall numberStatus/Desc
Sandringham LibraryBiography945.7831 IETAvailable