We’re going to Cook the Books again, and this time the vehicle we are using is Andrea Camilleri’s novel “The Shape of Water.” After reading the novel we are making something to eat. Something delicious. Something inspired by the book. In my case, I’m choosing to make pasta puttanesca! I know, I know, the novel is set in Sicily, and pasta puttanesca is a dish created in Naples. Never mind. Have you read this book? There are so many ladies of the evening living in its pages, that it would be a shame not to honor them with the very popular pasta puttanesca, a truly delicious dish that is purportedly named after these hardworking women.
|Pasta Puttanesca with Shrimp (click here for recipe)|
Càlia e simenza: lovingly described by the author, here is how our hero, inspector Montalbano, enjoys this snack:
“taking the stroll he customarily allowed himself … along the eastern jetty, out to the lighthouse. Before he set out however, he always stopped at Anselmo Greco’s shop, a hovel that clashed with the clothing boutiques and shiny, mirrored cafés along the corso… Greco also sold càlia e simenza, a mixture of roasted chickpeas and salted pumpkin seeds. Montalbano would buy a paper cone full of these and then head out.”
|This post is my contribution to the current edition of Cook the Books, hosted by Rachel of The Crispy Cook.|
|"The Shape of Water," written by Andrea Camilleri, featuring the dauntless inspector Montalbano.|
|Montalbano dined on boiled shrimp and pasta, which can be easily transformed into pasta puttanesca with shrimp. Just add the puttanesca sauce on top of the shrimp and pasta and enjoy!|
Enjoy listening to Verdi and Maria, and I hope you smile when you hear that beautiful E at the very end. This difficult aria is rendered so, so beautifully!