St. Lucy's Eyes, Confessor's Cookies, Bones of the Dead, Triumph of Gluttony? Where are we and what are they? They're Sicilian sweets and we're in Sweet Sicily on another gastronomic gambol, touring a marvelous, mythical island. Our tour guide for this walk on the sweet side of a cuisine influenced by invaders from the ancient Greeks and Romans to the Saracens and Bourbons is Victoria Granof. A pastry chef and food stylist, Granof has explored Sicily's sweet secrets and gathered 106 unique recipes from the island's pastry makers and bread bakers - all of which can now be prepared in American home kitchens. Luscious photographs, anecdotes and enticing bits of history enhance the delights of the recipes and make this tempting tribute a prime prospect for the gift-giving season.
Sybil Pratt has been cooking up this column for more than five years.