An authentic guide to the festive, mouthwatering sweets of Southern Italy, including regional specialties that are virtually unknown in the US, as well as variations on more popular desserts such as cannoli, biscotti, and gelato.As a follow-up to her acclaimedMy Calabria, Rosetta Costantino collects 75 favorite desserts from her Southern Italian homeland, including the regions of Basilicata, Calabria, Campania, Puglia, and Sicily. These areas have a history of rich traditions and tasty, beautiful desserts, many of them tied to holidays and festivals. For example, in theCosenza region of Calabria, Christmas means plates piled withgrispelle(warm fritters drizzled with local honey) andpitta 'mpigliata(pastries filled with walnuts, raisins, and cinnamon). For the feast ofCarnevale, Southern Italians celebrate withbugie("e;liars"e;), sweet fried dough dusted in powdered sugar, meant to tattle on those who sneak off with them by leaving a wispy trail of sugar. With fail-proof recipes and information on the desserts' cultural origins and context, Costantino illuminates the previously unexplored confectionary traditions of this enchanting region.