By the author of RAISING SIX AND SOMEWHAT SANE, DON'T TOUCH THE TOMATOES is the story of where Barbara's Italian family began,in Cefalu',Siciliy. Giovanni Aquila who owned Aquila Fruits And Vegetables in Lexington Market, and Simone Brocato who owned Brocato Shoe Repair on North Avenue in Baltimore City in the 1920's, came to America as young boys from Sicily. Giovanni married Anna Battaglia and Simone married Rose Centineo who was to be the matriarch of the family. This is their story, Italian immigrants who lived a life of hard work, birthing babies, cooking for tons of relatives, making their own wine, and dancing to the music of the mandolin. The men served in the war and the women served their men.La sua famiglia faithfully loved one another and stuck together like glue through The Depression and two World Wars. It is a story of bravery and determination to make a life in Baltimore, Maryland in the early 1900's , not knowing the language or the customs of American life.
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I loved "Don't Touch The Tomatoes" This is a book that is nearly impossible to put down. The author takes you through an incredible journey of how an Italian family from Cefalu, Sicily adventures to the streets of Baltimore in hopes of a better life for there family. It describes the hardships and struggles they faced to make a life in Baltimore. With love and support of Famiglia all things are possible. The author takes you to the family's summer home at the shore where under the moonlight mandolins play and the family gathers. The book is also filled with love and humor there is a part where Aunt Josie and Anna are making biscotti cookies it is hysterical. Read the book you won't be disappointed!
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