Claudia Lombardo is a food writer who has traveled the world to try the wares of great chefs. Then she hears about a convent in Santa Lucia del Mela which creates wonderful desserts. She travels there to find out about Sorella Agata who was the originator of these desserts, including a cassata which has never found its like anywhere.
Claudia decides to find out the secret behind these desserts, even though Sorella Agata says there is not one. Through the tastings, Sorella Agata tells her the history of the shop and Rosalia, her inspiration. Rosalia was the daughter of a tailor. She is kidnapped, raped and beaten by a man she rejected. He then hid her in a cave where nuns found her and nursed her.
The story is rich in traditions, friendships, stories of saints and then the recipes.
The style was one of beauty. I loved this book.
I was given this book by NetGalley and Kensington Books in exchange for my honest review.