Quotes from The Virago Book of Food: The Joy of Eating
In the summer of 1944, Maria Corelli began a letter from Rome to her parents in Sussex. In it, she explained her long silence and out-lined what had happened to her since the beginning of the Second World War. With the approach of the Germans, she and her husband, both singers, had fled Rome with their friend, the celebrated Jewish opera singer Sigbert, and made their way to southern Italy.
We shall never forget one tea party with Giuseppe and Jean (who have a large Café in Edinburgh) when Jean made biscuits, scones and homemade doughnuts that were all squidgy and melted in your mouth. The memory of this helped us later in many unfortunate moments. One of the most beautiful things in our life in Picinisco were the evenings when Sigbert sang, accompanied by Mrs Berent...He sang wonderfully - night after night - going through piece after piece in his extensive repertoire...Afterwards we would go up on the balcony and eat grapes in the dark...
In Love and War