Now, that's delicious!
"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