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In 1939 a girl was born in the Aspromonte mountains of Calabria, a beautiful land steeped in history and suffused with tradition but weighed down by poverty and the 'Ndrangheta - Calabria's Mafia.

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Grazia Ietto Gillies was born in Calabria in 1939 and spent the first ten years of her life in Delianuova, a small town in the Aspromonte mountains. She moved to Rome with her family in 1950 and has lived in London since 1971. She has worked and published as an academic economist.


If you have ever been enchanted by southern Italy; if you have left the house of childhood, but often return there in imagination; if you think cooking is an important part of life; or if you consider economics and poetry to be closely related, then you must read this book. --Emily Grosholz, Poet, Philosopher and Advisory Editor, The Hudson Review

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