Summer in the Mediterranean
Winter is cold in the Mediterranean and in the Middle Ages filling the
cellars and granaries meant working in haste through a succession of harvests:
wheat in June, figs in August, grapes in September, olives in the fall...
Don Quixote and the Wedding Feast of Camacho
As the French historian Fernand Braudel noted, feasts and banquets play a
very small role in Mediterranean literature with the salient exception of the
food of dreams--for example, as in Cervantes' Don Quixote or Rabelais's
Gargantua and Pantagruel...
Christmas in the Mediterranean
In a very real sense the celebration of Christís mass, the feast day
celebrating the birth of Jesus Christ on December 25 in Western Christian
churches, is the quintessential Mediterranean holiday, albeit second to Easter
Climate, Harvest, and Seasons in the Mediterranean
The contrast between today's image of the Mediterranean and the actual
Mediterranean that existed for centuries could not be drawn more starkly...
Zeppole di San Giuseppe
San Giuseppe, a fried dough specialty made for the festival of St...