Baby Squid In Its Own Ink (Chipirones En Su Tinta)

I’m pretty sure that Montalbano will find it delicious. The recipe was taken from The Independent. It is the closest one I found to the one we had at home today for lunch with white rice:

400g baby squid with tentacles, cleaned and dried on kitchen paper
6 cloves of garlic, peeled and crushed
60ml olive oil
½ glass dry white wine
3 packets (8g each) squid ink
30g unsalted butter (no butter please in Spain use olive oil instead)

Heat the olive oil in a thick-bottomed frying pan. Season the squid with salt and pepper and fry them with the garlic for a couple of minutes until lightly coloured. Remove from the pan and put to one side.

Add the white wine and squid ink to the pan and simmer until reduced by two-thirds and the sauce has thickened. Whisk the butter into the sauce, then add the squid and reheat for a minute or so.

Getafe Negro IV Edition 14 – 23 October Madrid Crime Fiction Festival

Getafe Negro will officially open next Friday at 19.00 h. The Municipal Centre of Culture (CMC) will host a round table Gianrico Carofiglio Italy with the participation of the Italian writer. The information from the Festival is HERE (in Spanish). I’ve scheduled to read Temporary Perfections soon, stay tuned. 

The Snack Thief, by Andrea Camilleri

Esta entrada es bilingüe, desplazarse por la ventana hacia abajo para ver la versión en castellano

Translated by Stephen Sartarelli 2003. Originally published in Italian as Il ladro di merendini, Sellerio 1996. Picador 2005. 304 pages. ISBN: 9780330492973.

The Snack Thief  is the third instalment in Inspector Salvo Montalbano Mystery series. The action, as usual, is set in the fictitious city of Vigàta. Montalbano is waked up early one morning by a phone call from Catarella. The delirious conversation is priceless. Later on we find out that an Italian fishing trawler has arrived at Vigàta. One crewman, a Tunisian by the way, has been killed by gunfire from a Tunisian patrol boat. The Italian skipper claims they were fishing in international waters. Montalbano is more than pleased to hand this case over to his second-in-command, Mimi Augello. Then another case pops up. A retired man has been stabbed to death in an elevator.

The investigation will lead Montalbano to the beautiful Karina a Tunisian immigrant who works cleaning houses and as a prostitute. Karina has disappeared together with his young son,François. François was forced to steal the mid-morning snacks of other children to survive, hence the title. But the child’s life is in serious danger and eventually Montalbano finds a possible link between the two cases. During the plot Livia will come down to Sicily to visit Montalbano.

The police procedural aspect of the story is highly rewarded and beautifully constructed. For my taste this is one of the best Montalbano Mysteries I’ve read so far. This book has it all and Montalbano’s relationship with Livia plays a prominent feature in the story. The plot is fill with touches of humour and Montalbano won’t skip any opportunity to enjoy a decent lunch or dinner. A book to savour and enjoy it thoroughly. Clearly a top five star book.

The Snack Thief has been reviewed by Maxine at Euro Crime, NacyO at the crime segments,  

Do not miss Appreciating Camilleri Part one and Part two by Norman at Crime Scraps.

Picador 

Andrea Camilleri  Author Page (Italian-mysteries.com)

Shine Sicily.com

I’m taking this book in account for my participation in Italy in Books – reading challenge 2011.

El ladrón de meriendas, de Andrea Camilleri

El ladrón de meriendas es la tercera entrega de la serie protagonizada por el Inspector Salvo Montalbano. La acción se desarrolla como de costumbre en la ciudad ficticia de Vigatà. Montalbano se despierta una mañana por una llamada telefónica de Catarella. La conversación, delirante, no tiene precio. Más tarde nos enteraremos de que un barco pesquero italiano ha llegado al puerto de Vigatà. Un tripulante, un tunecino, por cierto, ha muerto por causa de los disparos de una patrullera tunecina. El patrón italiano afirma que pescaban en aguas internacionales. Montalbano está encantado de dejar este caso en manos de su segundo al mando, Mimi Augello. Luego surge otro caso. Un jubilado ha sido apuñalado en un ascensor.

La investigación le llevará a Montalbano hasta la bella Karina un inmigrante tunecina que trabaja limpiando casas y como prostituta. Karina ha desaparecido con su pequeño hijo, François. François se ve obligado a robar los bocadillos de media mañana de otros niños para sobrevivir, de ahí el título. Pero la vida del niño corre gran peligro y Montalbano termina por encontrar un posible vínculo entre los dos casos. Durante la trama Livia vendrá a Sicilia para visitar a Montalbano.

La parte de procedimiento policial de esta historia es muy recomendable  y está magníficamente construida. Para mi gusto este es uno de los mejores misterios de la serie que he leído hasta ahora. Este libro lo tiene todo, la relación de Montalbano con Livia desempeña una función destacada en la historia. La trama está llena de toques de humor y Montalbano no se salta oportunidad alguna para disfrutar de un almuerzo o una cena decente. Un libro para saborear y disfrutar de él a fondo. Claramente un cinco estrellas.

Editorial Salamandra

Entrevista a Andrea Camilleri en Shine Sicily.com

El ladrón de meriendas ha sido reseñado por Fab en Golem-memorias de lecturas,

Ver tambien Salvo Montalbano – Andrea Camilleri en Mis detectiv@s favoritos.