Thursday, February 05, 2009

Now, that's delicious!

Two consecutive paragraphs in Andrea Camilleri's August Heat, two consecutive references to two unrelated subjects, both worth quoting:
"Adelina had made pappanozza for him. Onions and potatoes boiled a long time and mashed with the back of a fork until they blend together. Seasoning: olive oil, a hint of vinegar, salt, and freshly ground black pepper. It was all he ate. He wanted to keep to light food."
and
"He sat outside until eleven o'clock, reading a good detective novel by two Swedish authors who were husband and wife, in which there wasn't a page without a ferocious and justified attack on social democracy and the government. In his mind Montalbano dedicated the book to all those who did not deign to read mystery novels because, in their opinion, they were only entertaining puzzles."

I hereby vow to add pappanozza to my recipe list.

The second paragraph's tribute to Maj Sjöwall and Per Wahlöö is just one more from a master of such tributes, not to mention a nice statement of purpose for crime fiction. The very name of Camilleri's protagonist, Salvo Montalbano, in fact, is an homage to a crime author. Tell me which author, and perhaps I'll award you a prize. Who knows? It could be a dish of home-cooked pappanozza.

© Peter Rozovsky 2009

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22 Comments:

Anonymous Karen C said...

I'm guessing you mean Manuel Vazquez Montalban (but if you're sending pappanozza would you mind awfully waiting until it's a little cooler. I'm not sure how it would cope with travel in 45+C :) )

February 05, 2009  
Blogger Peter Rozovsky said...

I do indeed mean Manuel Vazquez Montalban, though I would not worry about how my pappanoza would travel. It's not as if it contains mayonnaise. Just stick it in the microwave when it arrives.

February 05, 2009  
Blogger Loren Eaton said...

Darn it, I just ate and now I'm hungry again.

February 05, 2009  
Blogger Uriah Robinson said...

Wow, these live traffic feeds are breeding fast.
Of course you have the deluxe version and although in my first week up tomorrow I had visitors from 26 countries NZ and Portugal were not among them unless NZ popped in during the night. ;0)

February 05, 2009  
Blogger Peter Rozovsky said...

Loren, some crime writers will do that to a reader, notably Camilleri and Jason Goodwin. Their protagonists eat as well as Manuel Vazquez Montalban's or Jean-Claude Izzo's, but the dishes are occasionally simple enough that even I can dream of preparing them.

February 05, 2009  
Blogger Peter Rozovsky said...

Uriah, I added the feed after I saw yours. I hadn't noticed Portugal, though. I'll have to take a look so I can prepare a gracious reception for my visitors.

February 05, 2009  
Anonymous Karen C said...

Oh dear - I hate that widget with a passion. It is way too much an invasion of privacy for my liking and a major reason why I don't come back to many many blogs.

Sitemeter or one of the others that allows the blog owner to see what's going on but not "out" the users is highly preferable for me.

February 05, 2009  
Blogger Peter Rozovsky said...

Privacy concerns had crossed my mind, too. I thought I'd give thjis a try for a few days, then drop it if I still felt antsy. It may be gone by the time you visit here again.

February 05, 2009  
Anonymous Karen C said...

Thanks Peter - it's good of you to reconsider. I'm not daft enough to think that nobody is being logged (I do it myself) but the blatant display of those logs - well that's intrusive and unnecessary.

February 05, 2009  
Blogger Uriah Robinson said...

The simple version which I use [because I am simple] only gives the nearest city [nothing else] and that is not always spot on. Swindon will come out as Salisbury for instance. I just think the little flags are fun.

February 05, 2009  
Blogger Peter Rozovsky said...

Karen, I was already teetering close to the edge. It didn't take much of a nudge to send me over.

Uriah, I liked the little flags, too. I saw that you had a visitor from Croatia. I'd consider a display that offered minimal information and did not record or display a visitor's URL, for instance.

February 05, 2009  
Anonymous Karen C said...

Uriah - it's close enough to individually identify me (right down to the suburb in which I used to live). I've got notes from friends of mine commenting on how they saw me visiting blog sites.

Not a pleasant feeling.

Many of us are in small communities which are extremely easily identifiable. Many of us are not with large ISP's (in fact are our own ISP's) and are therefore even more identifiable.

Either way - the thing is objectionable if only because they provide no way that you can blanket block yourself from being advertised on all sites.

Sorry Peter - I shouldn't be doing this on your site and I'll pull my head in now.

February 05, 2009  
Blogger Peter Rozovsky said...

Karen, please don't apologize for those salutary cautions. I didn't know some of that information before, and it wouldn't hurt anyone to know it.

February 05, 2009  
Blogger Linkmeister said...

I just went to Uriah's site to see what feed y'all were talking about, and it's got me 200 miles west and on a different island from the one I inhabit.

February 06, 2009  
Blogger Uriah Robinson said...

That would certainly preserve your privacy Linkmeister.

February 06, 2009  
Blogger Peter Rozovsky said...

Oh, I don't know. Hawaii's not that densely populated.

February 06, 2009  
Blogger Linkmeister said...

Peter's right. There are only five other people in the state with my last name, and one of 'em's my mother.

I should see if there's a Linkmeister listed. ;)

February 06, 2009  
Blogger Peter Rozovsky said...

Perhaps it should allay security concerns that there there are so few people with your name in the state, and the widget still may have found the wrong one.

February 06, 2009  
Blogger Linkmeister said...

Or conversely, that I thought I knew who they all were and I might have missed one!

February 06, 2009  
Blogger Peter Rozovsky said...

It would be interesting to know how a widget could make an error like that. I'm not sure if the answer would be reassuring or disquieting.

February 06, 2009  
Blogger Reg said...

Considering that when I lived in Seattle there were at least 7 other gents with the same name, they'd probably never pin me down (ha ha). I used to get calls asking whether I was going to teach Sunday school that week, is my car ready yet, etc. One of my alter egos lived only a few blocks away and received a box of CDs I'd ordered. Lucky for me he wasn't a blues fan and tracked me down. Shoot, I do like the little flags...

February 11, 2009  
Blogger Peter Rozovsky said...

Ooh, you could have said yes, you'll teach Sunday School, not shown up, and plunged generations into sin.

Damn, I really liked those flags, but I did share Karen's unease over being tracked so easily.

February 11, 2009  

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