I met Licu Manias last month at the Salone del Gusto where Slow Food awarded his Asphodel Honey with a very prestigious recognition and where his book, the Dictionary of Honey, was officially presented. Licu (Luigi, in Italian) is the “honey authority”, revered as such by all his peers; he and his bees live and work in rugged and wind swept hills of pristine Sardegna. He is obsessed about sustainability, traditions and the environment: he makes his honey in a construction of 40,000 bricks made of mud, as his ancestors would have. How crazy is that? Before you come to any conclusion, you should try the honey and decide for yourself.
A while ago Antonio, Anne and I went to see Sonetaula, a mesmerizing Sardinian independent movie. It is spoken in the local dialect with subtitles in Italian. It is a long movie – 3 hours of pure admiration for the people, the landscape and the island’s culture; its pace is very very slow. Licu defies these stereotypes: he is a young, energetic, lovely man who, not only speaks Italian, he speaks great English. If anything, he is too quick. Grazie, Licu for your wonderful introduction: