Amy Gulick

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Originally from Sacramento, Amy studied English Literature & Composition and Italian Studies before moving to Italy in 2002.  Based in Florence, Amy currently works as a freelance translator and English teacher. On her blog, The Bittersweet Gourmet, she writes about Italian feast day traditions, forgotten foodways and food folklore, and food-related trends and issues in Italian society.  Amy researches recipes and local food culture wherever she travels, from Tuscany, Provence and Cornwall to her native Northern California, always eager to meet and talk with cooks, restaurateurs, farmers and producers.

Articles by amygulick

Thu, 06/23/2016 - 02:32
  A refreshing and pretty twist on the classic spritz. Use peppermint, spearmint, or other variety of fresh mint to make the liqueur. For very sweet…
Fri, 05/27/2016 - 04:45
  Versatile mackerel or sgombri in Italian are a great fish for grilling, baking or frying. Like all oily fish, sgombri should be consumed as fresh…
Fri, 04/29/2016 - 05:21
Purists will scoff, but you really can make lasagna out of just about anything. The vegetarian version here gets all its wonderful flavor from fresh…
Fri, 04/08/2016 - 04:10
Meaning something like ‘small bundle’, involtino is the diminutive of the Italian word involto, which in turn is rooted in the Latin involvo and…
Mon, 03/21/2016 - 16:28
If you’ve got a backyard sage plant, soon enough you’ll be up your elbows in fresh leaves. This resilient aromatic perennial—long used in cooking,…
Fri, 03/04/2016 - 05:26
These gnocchetti or ‘little gnocchi’ are another great way to use up old bread, made much in keeping with the spirit and practice of the Italian…
Fri, 02/19/2016 - 04:22
Photo By Emiko Davies The cucina povera has given us some remarkable Italian dishes. From stale bread-based specialties like pappa al pomodoro and…
Fri, 01/22/2016 - 04:16
The clam known as vongola verace in Italy (Venerupis decussate) is from the large Veneridae family and is without a doubt the most prized clam to be…
Thu, 12/31/2015 - 02:11
Popular in Sicily, where it's known as c'anciova e muddica, this pasta dish combines savory and sweet flavors with the crunch of toasted muddica—…
Thu, 12/24/2015 - 02:41
This dessert is a sweet twist on the classic orange-and-Campari flavor combination so popular in drinks like the Negroni, the Americano, and a spritz…
Fri, 12/11/2015 - 05:25
For a small town, Vicchio del Mugello in northeast Tuscany holds a goodly share of historical fascination. Among its notable sons are Giotto and…
Tue, 11/24/2015 - 02:47
Ponce is one of those fun Italian words lifted from the English language—from the word punch, in this case—just like bistecca, taken from the English…
Fri, 11/13/2015 - 02:32
Zabaione is an Italian dessert made from egg yolk, sugar, and sweet or fortified wine such as Marsala, Moscato, or Porto. Countless variations exist…
Fri, 10/30/2015 - 06:21
Much is known about Giuseppe Mazzini’s fondness for coffee, chocolate, and sweets. Perhaps apocryphal, a rather beguiling quote about chocolate is…
Fri, 10/16/2015 - 02:49
Calamari, one of various types of squid popular in Italian cuisine, takes its name from the Italian word for inkwell, calamaio, given the creature’s…
Thu, 10/01/2015 - 14:27
Canederli are a dumpling-like dish popular in South Tyrol, otherwise known in Italy as Alto-Adige, where German-speaking Italians know them as Knödel…
Fri, 09/18/2015 - 02:05
In Italy, the four most common porcino varieties grow under chestnut, beech, oak, and pine trees in not-too-densely forested areas, thriving on a…
Fri, 09/04/2015 - 02:00
Ricotta has been around for a long time. The Romans and Etruscans made a form of curd cheese obtained from boiled milk, likely ricotta’s antecedent;…
Thu, 08/20/2015 - 09:32
A sformato or sformatino is a custard-like dish that takes its name from the Italian word sformare, meaning to ‘unmold’ or ‘turn out.’ They can be…
Thu, 08/06/2015 - 04:31
Unknown to—or at least uneaten by—ancient Greeks and Romans, eggplant was introduced to this part of the Mediterranean world by the Arabs during…

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