Valentina was born in Bari, Italy to a family of artists, designers and food connoisseurs. Growing up, Valentina was only allowed to watch the cooking happening around her, but not practice it! She wanted to imitate the adults, but did not get the opportunity until she moved away and started to cook for herself out of necessity. Then, as if by miracle, it was as if all those years watching, eating and tasting translated to doing. She recalled the perfection how every dish was supposed to look and taste. Watching her family and eating good food every day, gave her the expertise of a professional chef.
Today, living in America, Valentina teaches cooking from her Region of Puglia, spreading lightheartedness and joy, while passing her notions of good life and health through good eating. In her words:
"Puglia's food will keep you young longer than you want to".
Valentina has written her first book "Come Mia Nonna - A Return To Simplicity" for people who have never cooked, people who are afraid of cooking, beginners and those who don't have time to cook. This book is a proof that anyone can put together an excellent and healthy meal in thirty minutes and without spending a load of money. This book will allow you to entertain with delicious food and save you money.
She also has written a second book "Sins Of A Queen" on appetizers and sweets, some from the region of Puglia and some from other regions in Italy. Her sweets are mostly made from fruit, therefore very healthy and not loaded with processed sugar. The appetizers are just a delight, which can be turned also into small portion meals. In her word:
"Life is too short, eat the dessert first".
Valentina goes to Italy! She organizes culinary tours that delve into the rich history, beautiful architecture and the discovery of hidden corners and food of her homeland. Valentina is an avid, passionate cook. She takes interest in cuisines of the world and she is especially interested in food in the history. She is an intellectual, entertainer, teacher of cooking classes, a designer and world trotter.
Valentina's main profession is in interior designing with a special focus upon Kitchens and Wine Cellars! What a better designer than the ones who cook! If she can balance beauty, harmony, comfort, color and style in people's home, she can also balance aromas, taste, flavors, calories and costs for your dining table as well. She felt the need to add to her book collection a book on design, thus she decided to write a book on colors: RED - A Voyage Into Colors.
RED - A Voyage Into Colors is a book explaining colors, their nuances, their uses and their psychology. She divided the book ia six sections: Colors Studies, Expressions of Colors, Colors in Interiors and Fashion, Colors in Astrology and how to treat a certain discomfort with colors, Colors in Food and Celebrations. RED - A Voyage Into Colors is true trip into a colorful world.
Valentina puts passion in everything she does. She has been in business as a certified interior designer since 1990 and served a variegated group of fun people in Europe and in United States. She especially focuses on kitchen designs and wine room/grotto designs.
Visit Valentina the designer: www.valentinadesigns.com
Visit Valentina the author: www.valentinaexpressions.com
Get social with Valentina and find her on:
Facebook Page #1: https://www.facebook.com/ValentinaInteriors
Facebook page #2: https://www.facebook.com/ValentinaExpressions
Buon Appetito, create colorful days and CIAO !