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Pugliafornia

November means it's time to harvest olives in Puglia, a job we welcomed with open arms after the disastrous 2014 harvest.

November means it’s time to harvest olives in Puglia, a job we welcomed with open arms this year after the disastrous 2014 harvest.

This isn’t the first time I’ve had a l-o-n-g dry spell between posts, so I won’t offer any excuses (disabled computer, lack of good Wi-Fi, sudden finger paralysis . . . anything else?). No, it seems my utter failure to organize my thoughts isn’t particularly dramatic, but it is something of a metaphor for our lives lately. Let me elaborate. Read more

Buon Pranzo—Why it Matters

Getting ready to sit down for Sunday lunch.

Getting ready to sit down for Sunday lunch.

Sunday lunch is all about affirming what Pugliese value most: nurturing their families and ensuring that life is full of plenty. The bounty that appears every on family tables throughout this region has its roots in a less than abundant past. A good many of the grandparents I have met here remember dark, cold and hungry days when meat appeared on the table just twice a year. The harvest—animals, milk, grain, olive oil, wine and vegetable—cultivated on behalf of the landholder wasn’t theirs to keep, so a cuisine of creativity developed that featured wild and foraged foods like mushrooms, asparagus and wild greens all of them bursting with good health. We call them delicacies now. They take time to locate and even more time to prepare. We crave these dishes today, but they are still called cucina povera (poor cooking) for a reason. Read more

A Winter Palette

The winter fruit and vegetable market in Martina Franca is a revelation.

The winter fruit and vegetable market in Martina Franca is a revelation.

After seventeen years of summertime visits to Martina Franca, we always knew what to expect at the weekly market. In July, the rows and rows of fruit and vegetable stalls are overflowing. Tomatoes of every imaginable variety, slim, tender green beans, bunches of basil as big as a bouquet of flowers and luscious, vibrant stone fruit all shine in the sun. We want to buy it all, then rush home to cook it, overwhelmed by the sheer excess of it all. So when we decided to live here year round, we resigned ourselves to slimmer winter pickings. It gets cold here, after all, and fields must lay fallow waiting for the spring. Instead, we’ve discovered that it is a different, but equally bounteous landscape. We are overcome with the urge to dive deeply into the season. Read more

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