"Salento by 5: Friendship, Food, Music, and Travel Within the Heel of Italy's Boot"
By Audrey Fielding, Luciana Cacciatore, Carlo Longo, David Fielding, Lucia Erriquez Gemelli Press 172 pp.
"Salento is the warm womb of Mother Earth. It is heat and water and salt and iron-filled dirt. Think of things round (bosoms, olives, grapes, melons, tomatoes) and rippling (the abs on young Italian men at the seashore, the shimmer of wind on water and olive leaves). . . . This is Salento."
“Salento by 5” regales the experiences of its five co-authors—two American and three Italian—in the Salento, the southernmost part of Puglia that extends from Brindisi to Santa Maria di Leuca with Lecce in the middle. The Salento is contained by the Ionian Sea on one side and the Adriatic on the other, and it encompasses its own little world among Italian destinations. All five of the reader’s senses are transported to the Salento by Audrey's meticulously curated tales of travel around the heel of Italy’s boot, Luciana's stories of familial land ownership, Carlo's lyrical prose about local music, David's evocative pen-and-ink drawings and watercolors, and Lucia's divine descriptions of traditional food and recipes. Visually stunning and beautifully
produced, “Salento by 5” is a worthy addition to the library of anyone drawn to this oft-neglected, exceptionally beautiful part of Italy.
— Michelle Fabio