A tradition still alive is narrated in an interesting book prefaced by H.R.H. Prince Emanuele Filiberto.
A work of historical culinary research carried out by Cav. Franco Di Guardo on ancient recipes of Sicilian sweets, some of which are part of popular tradition and others that have been reinterpreted or invented by Sicilian confectioners to express devotion, loyalty and love for the House of Savoy, the royal dynasty that united Italy.
Leafing through the book we find the recipes of the Savoiardi (sponge fingers), the Savoy cake, the Pasta Elena, the Misto Impero, the Misto Umberto and many other sweets belonging to the Savoy tradition that are made in various areas of Sicily. It is not only a cookery book. With his work Cav. Franco Di Guardo has also succeeded in providing insights into a history that persists over time, bringing back to life smells and tastes that would otherwise have been forgotten
The book, published by Algra Editore, has the honour of bearing a preface written by H.R.H. Emanuele Filiberto di Savoia, Prince of Venice and Piedmont, the Magistral Delegate for Sicily of the Dynastic Orders Gr. Uff. Avv. Francesco Maria Atanasio and Prof. C. Danilo Castiglione.
The book is also sponsored by the Grand Magistral Delegation for Sicily of the Dynastic Orders of the Royal House of Savoy.
The first presentation of the book took place in Viagrande on 26 August 2020 at the Antonio Aniante Municipal Park before a large audience, with the town’s mayor Francesco Leonardi, councillor Dr. Sebastiano Russo, the author of the book, Franco Di Guardo and the moderators, journalist Dr. Paolo Licciardello and Prof. C. Danilo Castiglione. The event was reported in the daily newspaper “La Siclia” on 26 and 30 August by journalist Paolo Licciardello. The book was subsequently presented on 25 September 2020 at the Palazzo della Cultura in Catania during the Etna International Book Festival.
The author has recently received two important letters: the first from H.E. the Grand Chancellor of Dynastic Orders of the Royal House of Savoy Cav. Ord. Supr. SS. Ann. Johannes Theo Niederhauser and the second from H.R.H. Vittorio Emanuele, Duke of Savoy, Prince of Naples and Grand Master of the Dynastic Orders of the Royal House of Savoy, who congratulated him on this fine book on the confectionery tradition of our beautiful Italy and for having paid homage to the Sovereigns with an engaging, light and exciting book.
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