Winner of the James Beard/ KitchenAid Cookbook of the Year 2000 and Winner of the Beard Award for the Best Writing on Food 2000.
 
 
December 14, 2017
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Mangia Bene

Mediterranean Riziculture and the Origin of Risotto?
    One of the unintentional end products of the clearing of the Lombardy plains for the establishment of rice fields in the fifteenth century was risotto...

 

Land Reclamation, Irrigation, and the Development of Mediterranean Cuisine
    It was the nascent class of wealthy capitalists that profoundly changed the land of the Mediterranean during the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries...

 

The Muslim Gardens of Paradise
  Rivers of water unstalling, rivers of milk unchanging in flavor, and rivers of wine--a delight to the drinkers, rivers, too of honey purified, and therein for them is every fruit and forgiveness from their Lord...

 

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...

 

Effects of the Growth of Arborculture in 16th century France
Throughout the coastal Mediterranean, from Murcia in Spain to Provence, fish were fried in olive oil in the sixteenth century...

 

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