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April 2, 2018

Calabrian Easter Bread, Key Ingredients, and Sensorial Transnational Connections

Joan L Saverino
Joan Saverino
Muccellati made by author Easter 2018

Muccellatu, in regional language, is the word for the Easter bread made in San Giovanni in Fiore, Calabria, made distinct by, ananzu, wild anise seed. The author discusses the...

January 29, 2018

Maestra Melina at 100: A Lace Maker in Calabria, Italy

Joan L Saverino
Photograph by author
Maestra Melina (right), her niece Maria Rosaria (center), and Sara (Maria Rosaria's mother)

This is the story of a Calabrian 100 year old lace maker of local renown, her social legacy as a teacher in a small village near Gioia Tauro, and her niece’s own lace making...

December 18, 2017

Pitta ‘Mpigliata: A Calabrian Christmas Pastry in Diaspora

Joan L Saverino
Author's photo
Pitta 'Mpigliata made by the author, 2012

Pitta ‘mpigliata is an example of an iconic Calabrian Christmas pastry’s evolution and its persistence into a global diasporic network.

December 9, 2016

What Does Feeling Italian Have to do with the Monongah Mine Disaster?

Joan L Saverino
Joan Saverino, Photographer
Heroine Memorial and audience at 100th Anniversary Commemoration Ceremony in Monongah, WV, December 6, 2007.

Autobiographical account of the intimate connections and disconnections among Italy, West Virginia, coal, and Italianness.

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