Sicilian cuisine is simple and unpretentious. It uses ingredients that are in season and
at the peak of their flavor. Sicilian cooking aims to preserve the flavor, texture, and
wholesomeness of fresh ingredients. This traditional cooking style is so ingrained in Sicilian
culture that in Sicily it is virtually impossible to find non-seasonal fruit or vegetables at a
Today, Americans are increasingly rediscovering the joys of cooking and eating the oldfashioned
way by seeking out the flavors of seasonal, local, and organic food rather than
purchasing items that are trucked to supermarkets from long distances.
Ingredients used in traditional Sicilian cuisine include the following: fava beans, fennel,
eggplant, tomatoes, cauliflower, broccoli, peas, artichokes, garlic, parsley, basil, bay leaves,
oregano, mint, figs, oranges, lemons, almonds, sardines, anchovies, and much more.
To get the best results from our Sicilian recipes, buy fresh, seasonal ingredients whenever
possible. Many of the recipes presented in this book can be prepared by using ingredients
from your local farmers markets.