Language Matters

Kathleen Stein Smith, Ph.D

Mario Batali’s Feast of the Seven Fishes (Traditional Italian Christmas Eve Dinner)

What is the Feast of the Seven Fishes? According to Mario Batali, “It’s what Italians do when they say they’re fasting.” More precisely, the Feast is a meal served in Italian households on La Vigilia (Christmas Eve). In many parts of Italy, the night is traditionally a partial fast, during which no meat should be served. But in true Italian style, this proscription has morphed into something very unfastlike indeed: course after course of luxurious seafood dishes, often as many as 7, 10, or even 13.”

Read more @ http://www.epicurious.com/archive/holidays/christmas/batalisevenfishes

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