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November 07, 2011


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I remember the pain of studying it through the instructions of an uninspired teacher. She could have made us want to read it instead we dreaded it.

I only remember the Piero and Francesca famous three versed about love.

I just got some chestnuts too, I was thinking of roasting them.

Rachel @ The Crispy Cook

The Dante Club is a fantastic book. I just recommended it last week to a bookstore customer from Boston who likes Dante, so he should really love it.

I have a special recipe post that I have been saving for Novel Food from the summer when I grew some cinnamon basil so look for that in your mailbox Simona.


Perfect for both events Simona.

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This sounds like such a comforting dish during these chilly times. I keep meaning to join your Novel Food meme, but then time moves too swiftly for me. Maybe this time I'll make it.


i love the sound of the book. there's nothing better than a good story with "gripping storyline" and well-described characters. i love your take on the food based on what Dante may have eaten back then. Love it. Also love that all the ingredients are very simple to find and prepare. So, I guess this means I love this Novel Food post. :D BTW, I'm waiting for my food to finish cooking for my Novel Food post. I'm starved and can't wait to try it.

Simona Carini

Ciao Laura. I am afraid that there are not many people who have fond memories of going through the poem. Roasted chestnuts are great. I bought the pan with holes a few years ago, but have not used it last season. The chestnuts I got for this dish were rather small: I am hoping to find bigger ones. They are local, which is nice.

Ciao Rachel. And being from Boston, he will appreciate also the local references. Thank you so much for contributing to Novel Food!

Thanks, Val.

Hi Kathy. Definitely a nice dish for cold evenings, especially with polenta. I would love if you could join the event!

Ciao Paz. It's a dish that is not complicated and delivers, so to say. I am looking forward to reading about your adventure.

sandi @the whistlestop cafe

I've posted my Novel Food ~ I am thinking Italy and 'Beyond the Pasta' once again. I am glad to be a part of our Novel Foods... it is always fun to see what people come up with!


I read Pinsky's translation of the Inferno in high school, which I enjoyed greatly. The Dante Club sounds like an excellent winter mystery - I'll have to see if my library carries it!

Simona Carini

Ciao Sandi and thank you so much for participating!

Ciao Adele. The Inferno certainly contains striking poetry and is full of deeply human characters. I am glad you enjoyed it: I have always wondered about Dante's appreciation by non-Italian readers. I hope you'll find the book: it's a pleasant read.


How exciting to see a recipe inspired by my novel! So glad you enjoyed The Dante Club and there's no doubt about it, I'm going to have to try this recipe. I'm not a great cook but I'm pretty good with a recipe. Thanks again!

Simona Carini

Hello and thank you so much for stopping by. I truly enjoyed your novel: I had not thought about Dante's poetry in a while and the novel made me revisit literature with which I am familiar.

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