Sweet Honey, Bitter Lemons: Travels in Sicily on a Vespa Paperback – 2 Jul 2009
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"Witty and romantic" (Metro)
"An accomplished piece of travel writing that makes you want to explore the island all for yourself" (Sunday Express)
"Perfect summer holiday reading" (The Bookseller)
"Matthew has an infectious delight in proper food" (Rick Stein)
"The finest book on this fascinating cuisine since Peter Robb's Midnight in Sicily" (Christopher Hirst The Independent)
Esteemed food critic and writer Matthew Fort takes to his Vespa in search of Sicily's culinary delights.See all Product Description
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I immediately fell for Matthew, we are of an age, and his descriptions of trials and tribulations on the way touched my heart.This is an honest, funny, laugh out loud joy of a book. The recipes are spot on too and you could and should eat your way around the island. Suddenly you realise how bad our ingredients are and how we have lost our way with food on a day to day basis, this will get you into the kitchen and off those ready meals in a trice. For the heat of Etna in the depths of winter there is little better than this.
I gave my copy to the tour guide so I have to buy it again, this book is like good food, you want to share it.
You might like try to get hold of "A House in Sicily" by Daphne Phelps which is also metioned by Matthew Fort.
It might be an odd comment to add, but I was disappointed in the quality of the proof-reading. There were several occasions when I felt a word had been mis-spelt (or at least where I thought I'd spotted an inconsistency in spelling between successive mentions), be it a placename, an ingredient or an Italian phrase. I guess most people would not find that too irksome...
Anyway, I found it an entertaining book, worth reading if you're about to visit Sicily for the first time, though in various ways it is a bit unbalanced in the way it seems to skip over bits of the journey.
And yes, I enjoyed my 10 days in Sicily very much - early October and lots of blue sky and warmth!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Quite pleased that I bought the book. It is interesting in parts and he does visit a few of the more isolated places in Sicily. His warmth and love for the Island shines through. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Nick
a gem of a book, will whet your tastebuds better than any travel guide.Published 8 months ago by A. harper
Certainly not a book to be recommended for anyone about to travel to Sicily. Lazily written and haphazard in contentPublished 10 months ago by Tarina Lockhart
Good book,, made better having visited Italy. Enjoyable read written well.Published 11 months ago by Jon D
great book that captures the fun from one of the best looking men in print...Published 12 months ago by Amazon Customer