There is a daily encounter that punctuates and renders our life more beautiful, surprising us with the creation of unexpected and wonderful connections: the encounter with food. The destiny of the protagonist in this novel is closely intertwined with the “tasty” dishes that nourish him, from his boyhood in Calabria to the years of his maturity in the North. Food is identity and the mainspring of the story: a passionate coming-of-age tale recounted through the flavors and fragrances that reinforce the author's ties to his origins, the separation from his homeland, and the thrill of the unknown. In childhood, there were the thirteen Christmas delicacies, dishes prepared days in advance, which signaled his father's return from Germany and, during adolescence, new appetites to sate with choice literary works that transformed the author into a voracious reader.
The eventual emigration to Germany, where he met his future wife, and residency in Trentino - halfway between their countries of origin - brought another dish to prominence: polenta with “nduja”-- the perfect synthesis of North and South. In this extraordinary novel, Carmine Abate recounts his bond with the land and the high price exacted, as well as the loves, dreams and rewards of those who experience far away places and flavors. He achieves this creating, line by line, a prodigious harmony between the senses that carries new essences straight to heart and mind. [Publisher's text]
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