"The Way It Was" "Old World Italian Recipes For New World Cooks" is an extraordinary collection of mouth-watering hard to find old world Italian specialty recipes. Delicious recipes with origins from the Basalicata region of Italy. It is a sad fact of life that many things including foods that were once the mainstay of family living are slowly slipping unintentionally into oblivion. Those special recipes that took hours to prepare will be lost forever unless we the keepers of the past take the time to preserve their memories as well as we remember them to be in books such as this. I have fond memories of those days long past and have tried to pass to my children the importance of family and the good times we shared and enjoyed together. Today the phrase that is most commonly used is bonding. When I was growing up it was only natural for our family to sit together around the kitchen table to eat dinner and enjoy the meal that Mom had spent all day cooking for us; we would talk to each other without the disruption of a loud TV in the background or someones cell phone ringing or someone paying attention to a new text message they just received. Well my friends their is nothing that I can think of that is more bonding or more wonderful than sitting with your loved ones enjoying each other and having a great dinner together. NOTE: The recipes in this book "The Way It Was" are the same as those written in my Italian recipe book titled "EZ Italian Cooking". This much larger edition is with photos and commentary of days gone by.