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July 03, 2019


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Those torpedo onions are gorgeous! I don't think I've ever seen anything like that before. But I see from Googling that they may well be available in late July or early August at one of our farmers' markets. Thank you for showcasing them.

Your green bean salad sounds delicious.

I tried to read Hamilton's book; I really did. Alas, for me, it was not an easy read at all, which was surprising because I'm a huge fan of Gabrielle Hamilton's, having seen her on the excellent series, "The Mind of a Chef", on PBS. But I didn't get past page 5.... I will have to try again!

Simona Carini

I hope you find torpedo onions at you local farmers' market later this season, Elizabeth: they are quite delicious.
Sometimes books come into our hands when it is not the right time for them. Then we try again later and things work out better. Overall I think the book has a good balance of detailed narratives and summaries, serious moments and humorous ones.
I don't watch TV so I have not seen the program you mention: I should try catching a recording so I can hear how her voice sounds like. Thanks for the pointer :)

Deb in Hawaii

The salad looks amazing--I love those torpedo onions too. Thanks for sharing it with Souper Sundays. I need to get to reading this round's selection! ;-)

Simona Carini

You are welcome, Deb :)

Debra Eliotseats

Great review (with notes). I had torpedo onions once and I tried to grow them once. Wish I could find some locally.

Simona Carini

Thank you, Debra. I am lucky local farmers grow this kind of onion. I hope it grows in popularity so more will do the same.

Wendy Klik

Thanks so much for hosting Simona. I did enjoy the book and I know I would enjoy this salad as well.


Lovely photos Simona, and that salad looks so tempting and delicious, especially in this summer weather. We've been having lots of salads. I enjoyed your reminiscence of times in Italy too.

Tina Culbertson

I’ve never seen torpedo onions, they are lovely and so colorful. You have nice fresh produce in your area, that bean salad is something I’d like try.
I’m happy this book was a selection for CtB - I very much enjoyed it.


I love green beans very much. This looks perfect.

Simona Carini

You are welcome, Wendy. Glad you enjoyed the book :)

Simona Carini

Thank you Claudia. Summer is indeed salad season and while green beans are plentiful, I make this one often :)

Simona Carini

I hope you can find some torpedo onions in your area, Tina, and taste them. They are indeed pretty and a great addition to salads. I am glad you enjoyed the book :)

Simona Carini

Thank you, Elizabeth :)

Delaware Girl Eats

Simona I've never heard of torpedo onions but they look great. Green beans are always a favorite here. The book I didn't care for too much but indeed read it all the way through. Sometimes you just have to commit! cathy

Simona Carini

Maybe you can suggest to some farmer to grow them, Cathy. They are so good! Hope you'll enjoy the current selection more :)

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