In Italy, the Nonna is vanishing. These grandmothers have lived though hard times and devoted their lives to feeding their husbands and children. When they are gone, valuable links with the past will vanish with them unless their children or grandchildren take time to learn from them. Only then will someone continue to know where to find wild greens, how dough looks when it is just right, and how to prepare the dishes these inexhaustible women have made for decades.
In Nonna's Kitchen is Carol Field's recording of the lives of some of these women and the food they cook. Whether they live in the countryside, in a small town, or in a big city, their dishes are specialties found only at home, where everything is made from scratch and it does not matter if a favorite recipe takes hours or days to make. As the title indicates, these women's stories are as important as their food. Putting the two together, Field captures both the essence of the Italian spirit and the soul of Italian cooking.
From Library Journal
Field, author of the authoritative The Italian Baker (LJ 11/15/85) and Celebrating Italy (LJ 11/15/90), has written another winner. Because modern times are making la cucina della nonna (traditional "grandmother's cooking") a lost art in Italy, she wanted to record those recipes and the way of life they reflect before both disappear. Field interviewed almost 50 nonne, whose stories are told in individual profiles throughout the book, and collected some 200 recipes from them. Most of these resourceful women spent much of their lives creating meals for huge families out of just a handful of ingredients, and there are many simple but mouthwatering dishes here, along with some more elaborate and even exotic ones. Field's headnotes and profiles of the nonne make this book fascinating reading, and many of the recipes she offers are not found elsewhere. Highly recommended.
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