Cook the Farm: Cuisine, horticulture, history and anthropology

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January 17 – March 27, 2018
Location: Regaleali, Sicily and surrounding rural areas
Meetings: Monday – Friday, 8:30 AM-4:30 PM        
Director: Fabrizia Lanza with guest lecturers
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Language: English/Italian (Primary courses and readings in English, the few Italian-taught lessons will be translated to English)

English students should be willing to learn basic Italian before attending.

Methods of Learning:
Weeks will consist of approximately 1 field trip day, 2 days of tastings, lectures, and outdoor tutorials, assignments and 1-2 days of kitchen cooking.
• Lectures (Approximately 60 hours)
• Hands-on: cooking (Approximately 65 hours) or farming (Approximately 31 hours)
• 15 field trips
• Experiences with local artisans (Approximately 40 hours)


Selected Readings
Coming Home to Sicily: Seasonal Harvests and Cooking from Case Vecchie by Fabrizia Lanza
A Cultural History of Food in the Medieval Age by Massimo Montanari
The Potter's Field by Andrea Camilleri and Stephen Sartarelli
On Persephone's Island: A Sicilian Journal by Mary Taylor Simeti
The Leopard by G. T.  Lampedusa
Palmento: A Sicilian Wine Odyssey by R. V. Camuto
The Heart of Sicily: Recipes and Reminiscences of Regaleali, a Country Estate by Anna Tasca Lanza
Bitter almonds: Recollections & Recipes from a Sicilian Girlhood by Mary Taylor Simeti
Extra Virginity: The Sublime and Scandalous World of Olive Oil by T. Mueller
Cooked by Michael Pollan
Italian Cuisine: A Cultural History by Alberto Capatti and Massimo Montanari
Other readings will be assigned throughout the course.

Students should be eager to participate in horticulture activities, willing to work as a team or individually, keep a course journal, participate in discussions and attend daily classes. While there is no final exam, we ask students to consider the experience and share feedback as a final wrap up.          


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