At the far southern end of Italy's "boot" lies Calabria. It is a beautiful, mountainous region populated by fishermen and small farmers. Rosetta Costantino grew up in this rugged land - her father a shepherd and cheese maker and her mother his tireless assistant. When her family immigrated to Oakland, California, they recreated a little Calabria on their property, cooking with eggplant, tomatoes, and peppers from their garden, making fresh ricotta and pasta from scratch. Like all Calabrians, they are master preservers and continue to transform fresh figs into jam, to can fresh tuna in oil, and to sun-dry peppers for the winter. Now Rosetta shares her family's story and introduces readers to the simplicity of Calabrian food with 150 recipes. The book also includes suggestions for Southern Italian wines with nearly every recipe; valuable ingredient notes and sources on the staples of the Calabrian pantry; and an armchair tour with detailed descriptions of the region's provinces and specialties. The first major cookbook of a little-known region of Italy, My Calabria celebrates the region's rich way of life and the allure of its cooking--From publisher's description.