One good point is that looking in the larder is not a good way to find favoured foods. “Being a naturally greedy sort of fellow,” he writes, “the only things that hang around in my kitchen are the bits and bobs I don’t fancy much.” True enough. The other that he made me miss was the ready availability of good quality spices, often by mail order. Postage to Italy would be prohibitive, so I make do with what I’ve got, but some of that “proper Ceylon cinnamon … Full of warm citrus flavour” would be fun to have around. And it wouldn’t hang around long.