"Books abound on Tuscany but what about Abruzzo? What I have surmised
after living in Abruzzo is that this step-sister, although a well
kept secret, is just as beautiful and just as full of Italian charm." -
Anna Maria Baccellieri, 72, author
A personal and informative travel journal, Atavismo! follows Ann's epic
journey from her former life in suburban New Jersey to her remote birthplace
in the beautiful Abruzzo countryside - a place she had not been to since
she was six months old!
Journey with Anna Maria as she discovers colorful confetti shops in Sulmona,
a tartufo festival in Succiano, the town celebration of Feragosto, and
grand festas in Goriano Valli.
Experience authentic Italian culture as Ann finds herself cooking in the
ancient church kitchen of a local monk, shopping at the local markets of
San Demetrio and L'Aquila, seeing ricotta being made in a shepherd's shack,
picking artichokes in her cousin's garden, buying food from the gourmet
trucksters who delivered right to the front door, and living like an Italian
in the village to which she was born.
Discover formerly unknown family stories like a village scandal in Anna's
parents' family, and moving stories of unrequited love and wartime heroism.
Enjoy the magical flavors of Italy for yourself with fabulous family recipes
for chinghiale (wild boar), zucchini
flower fritters, carbonara, chicken cacciatore, milk of almond from
times of Michelangelo, polenta on the board and many others.
Read Atavismo!, and be inspired to make your own epic journey!