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  • And here I was all set to borrow it from you. :-)

    December 18, 2009

  • Probably. See comment on podeste. It's one reason I'm not even going to finish reading this book—and stopping before the end is not something I usually do.

    December 17, 2009

  • Never heard this word. Perhaps a misspelling / corruption of estratto?

    December 17, 2009

  • "On the roofs, too, women made their astrato (tomato paste) just as they did in Italy, spreading masses of crushed tomatoes on bedsheets stretched over wooden frames. It took days for the sun to turn the mass into a thick paste, which was then canned and put aside for the winter."

    —Jerre Mangione and Ben Morreale, La Storia: Five Centuries of the Italian American Experience (New York: HarperPerennial, 1992), 136

    December 17, 2009