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Sweet Honey, Bitter Lemons

Sweet Honey, Bitter Lemons

Travels in Sicily on a Vespa

Matthew Fort

Thomas Dunne Books




Replete with authentic Siclian recipes culled directly from the out of the way island stoves and cafe kitchens that cook them, Sweet Honey, Bitter Lemons presents a travelogue for seasoned travelers, and lovers of all things Italian.

At the age of twenty-six Matthew Fort first visited the island of Sicily. He and his brother arrived in 1973 expecting sun, sea and good food, but they were totally unprepared for the lifelong effect of this most extraordinary place.

Thirty years later and a bit wiser—but no less hungry—Matthew finally returns. Travelling around the island on his scooter, Monica, he samples exquisite antipasti in rundown villages and delicate pastries in towns tumbling down vertical hillsides, and goes fishing for anchovies underneath a sky scattered with stars.

Once again this enigmatic island casts its spell as Matthew rediscovers its beauty, the intensity of its flavors, and finds himself digging into the darkness of Sicily's past as well as some mysteries of his own.


Time Present and Time Past

In 1973 Tom and I had travelled in breezy innocence, with easy optimism and careless curiosity, stopping where we felt inclined. The one introduction...


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About the author

Matthew Fort

MATTHEW FORT has been a key food writer for the Guardian for over ten years. He also writes for the Observer, Esquire, Country Living, and Decanter. He appears as a judge on BBC2's Great British Menu and is a presenter on UKTV Food's Market Kitchen. One of Matthew's great passions is Italy, where he visits every year.

Matthew Fort

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