Best in the World at GOURMAND WORLD COOKBOOKS 2014 in the Pastry category. Sweet, intense, and colourful is how Sicilian patisserie will appear to the fortunate eyes seeing it for the first time. Those who have time to get to know it well, however, will find it is also sensual, dramatic, and irreverent. Because making pastries in Sicily is never a purely gastronomic issue: it may be a declaration of love, social ostentation of personal wealth, a way of mocking a defeated enemy. It is a gesture that underpins countless intentions, coded and described in stories rooted in the mists of time.