The American: For Italy & the World
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What, you ask, is the role of the Tiber in Umbria. The answer was once in the region's flour.
The author's Sicilian mother worked to prove her dignity in a time when most Italian women stayed at home.
Italy's best oranges come from Sicily, and until recently the northward trek was rare.
For those who can't stand big-store Christmas shopping, try the artisanal alternative and then make cookies.
Even when things arent going your way (never mind Umbrian sunsets) there are always pumpkins.