What My Mother’s Hands Smell Like
The answer is garlic. And other things.
Literary scholar Anne L. Bower and folklorist Janet Theophano, among others, advocate a particular kind of reading strategy when it comes to recipes: setting out to uncover their “textual strategies, their values statements, and their narrative powers” (Bower 5) out of what is often plain, instructional writing.
If Bower and Theophano can find poetry in a recipe, than surely Carmine Starnino can give us a recipe for pasta con alice in sonnet form.
The ingredients are few: three cloves of garlic, three anchovy fillets, olive oil and a pinch of chili flakes. Add spaghetti al dente and, if you like, parsley, a squeeze of lemon juice and grated parmesan. Serve with wine. Continue reading