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Calabria Old & New | From Norman Douglas to Calabrian Cuisine



Calabria Old & New | From Norman Douglas to Calabrian Cuisine

Continuing our “Literary Locations” series, three women from Calabria (but with very different stories behind them) will engage in a captivating presentation of their region, its traditions, and its cultural transformations.

"Such torrid splendor, drenching a land of austerest simplicity, decomposes the mind into corresponding states of primal contentment and resilience."
--Norman Douglas, Old Calabria, 1915

In an evening devoted to Italy's Deep South, Margherita Ganeri will regale us with news of cultural creativity in today's Calabria, while Cathy Robbins will report on how a 100-year-old book by a British Mezzogiorno wannabe continues to inform our views of modern Calabria.

Rosetta Costantino will take us to a culinary tour to Calabria. Learn about foods that are perennial favorites in Southern Italian homes and how her Calabrian family, for generations, has created mouthwatering dishes using everyday ingredients.

Margherita Ganeri is a professor of Contemporary Italian Literature at the University of Calabria, where she also coordinates a Master’s degree in Italian Studies for International Students. Her research interests focus on the history of novel in Italian and Italian/American Literature, and on related issues of Literary Criticism and Theory. A recipient of two Fulbright fellowships, she also taught at Cambridge University, Stony Brook University, Middlebury College, and University of Chicago. Among her books: Il romanzo storico in Italia. Il dibattito critico dalle origini al postmoderno (1999); Pirandello romanziere (2001); L’Europa in Sicilia. Saggi su Federico De Roberto (2005); L’America italiana, Epos e Storytelling in Helen Barolini (2010 – English revised edition 2015).

A journalist for more than 30 years, Cathy Robbins is the author of All Indians Do Not Live in Teepees (or Casinos)--short title Teepees--about contemporary American Indians, and she is currently at work on a new book, A Torrid Splendor: Finding Calabria, about southern Italy. Robbins’ byline has appeared in national and regional publications, including The New York Times, High Country News, San Jose Mercury-News, as well as in local publications in New Mexico, such as the Albuquerque Journal, the Albuquerque Tribune, Crosswinds Weekly, and

Rosetta Costantino, a native Calabrian, is the author of two cookbooks, My Calabria and Southern Italian Desserts. She is also a cooking teacher and expert guide to the region's culinary and cultural riches. After moving with her family to the Bay Area when she was 14, and after a successful career in Silicon Valley, Rosetta returned to her roots in the kitchen, honing skills learned from her mother and grandmothers. A 2004 SF Chronicle story on the Costantino family, “Calabria from Scratch – Foods of Calabria,” produced an overwhelming response that inspired her to venture into teaching the cooking of her native land.

Free Admission | RSVP Required

Thursday, March 29, 2018 | 6:30pm


Date: Thursday, March 29, 2018

Time: At 6:30 pm

Organized by : Istituto Italiano di Cultura

Entrance : Free


Istituto Italiano di Cultura, San Francisco