Sicilian Feasts was born out of the author’s love for her native Sicily. Giovanna Bellia La Marca uses simple methods and readily available ingredients to teach the straightforward and delectable everyday cooking of Sicily. The history, customs, and folklore, as well as the flavorful and varied cuisine of her beautiful Mediterranean island are well represented in these recipes and stories.
In this new third edition, La Marca adds a number of popular Sicilian recipes that have been featured on YouTube on the popular “Pasta Grannies” channel as well as on La Marca’s own cooking show, “Kitchen on the Cliff.”
Giovanna Bellia La Marca was born in Ragusa, Sicily. She came to the United States at the age of 10, and has since then kept alive her love of the island with frequent trips there. Retired after a 20-year career as an art and Italian teacher, she now teaches cooking classes at the Institute of Culinary Education in New York City and leads culinary tours of Arthur Avenue in the Bronx. She also devotes herself to writing, cooking, entertaining, and traveling with her family. La Marca is author of Language and Travel Guide to Sicily and The Cooking of Emilia-Romagna, both published by Hippocrene Books. She resides in Cliffside Park, New Jersey.