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Cooking with Italian Grandmothers: Recipes and Stories from Tuscany to Sicily Hardcover – September 28, 2010
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WINNER 2011 IPPY Gold Award (Independent Publisher Book Awards)
Best Italian Cookbook of 2010 - Publisher's Weekly
"I just watched her (Jessica's) documentary and loved it -- such a beautiful evocation of what it means to take good things from the land in the purest way and prepare them and cook them in the most natural and healthy way. The woman who took us through the process was wonderful, and it was great to have the closeups of her and of all the little steps she took, from harvesting to cleaning, to making a fire, to cooking. Watching all that can only make people think seriously about how they're eating, how they're living, and how attractive is the old-fashioned, simple way of life. Made you think also of the importance of saving the small farms which have been threatened with extinction, and of how we can do that even in this post-modern world." -- Howard Zinn
In the kitchen with these wise women, Jessica observes much more than how to make the perfect osso buco and torta di mele. She sees what makes Italians Italian, and conveys the beauty and idiosyncracies of this culture with such insight that it carries us right to the heart of Italy. Cooking with Italian Grandmothers is an essential read for anyone hoping to understand the role of food in nurturing, or simply wanting to cook up some delicious traditional Italian home food.
--Sarah Weiner, Executive Director, Seedling Projects
"The Best Italian Cookbook of 2010"
-- Publishers Weekly, The Best Cookbooks of 2010
Cooking with Italian Grandmothers reads like a diary, a treasured recipe collection, and a photo album, all at once...Add Cooking with Italian Grandmothers to your collection and you, too, will taste your way through Italy with Jessica Theroux.
-- Andrea Mitchell, Foodista.com
Buy this book if you or someone you love is interested in Italy, traditions, cooking, travel, discovery. Buy this book if you can picture yourself reading it propped up in bed at night and bringing into the kitchen the next day to take the lasagna recipes for a spin. Buy this book if you feel our elders have something important to offer us, or if you believe that there's something worth preserving in the oldways.
-- Apartment Therapy, The Kitchn
“This made me think of my Great Aunt Marge, a giant among Italian home cooks. She left behind a trove of recipes, but more than that, kitchen memories my family still savors – just like the women in this tome.”
–-Lynn Andriani, Senior Editor, Publishers Weekly
"Theroux spent a year in Italy, collecting recipes and stories from a dozen grandmothers...Usha in Le Marche shares her plum almond tart recipe, and Maria in Sicily schools Theroux on homemade ricotta. Needless to say, this book is a must for any Nonna-less Italophile."
-- 7x7 Magazine
"Cooking with Italian Grandmothers: Recipes and Stories from Tuscany to Sicily comes from an American chef who spent a year traveling throughout Italy cooking and talking with Italian grandmothers, learning their secrets and stories. The result is a fine blend of history and recipes of twelve selected grandmothers who welcomed Theroux in theis kitchens and shared their favorite dishes. From Roasted Leeks with Eggs and Olives to Brocolli and Pine Nut Pasta, this is packed with flavor and insights."
-- California Bookwatch
"This book is a joy to read, and awakens the appetite with its clear and simple recipes. I'm delighted that the author is a graduate of our Chef's Training Program at the NGI - she deserves all the success coming her way."
-- Annemarie Colbin, Ph.D.
Founder and CEO, The Natural Gourmet Institute for Health and Culinary Arts, NYC
“Cooking with Italian Grandmothers begins the important work of documenting the simple traditions that have been passed down verbally through generations...an exquisite, heartfelt anthology that is an important reference for us all”.
-- Alice Waters, from the introduction
"In preparation for my second ever trip to Italy, I was eager to absorb the stories and picturesque details of Cooking with Italian Grandmothers. The chapter about Bruna brought me back to thoughts of driving through the country side, the welcoming people, and the amazing yet simple foods. More reading found me inspired to try Bruna's Coniglio in Bianco (white wine-braised rabbit). As much as I love a good rabbit dish, I had yet to cook one myself until now. Totally lovely and easy to prepare, this rabbit dish worked beautifully with Maria's Cauliflower in Ricotta al Forno. I can not wait to try our more dishes and read the full stories of each grandmother. A true experience - I wish I had been there. I LOVE THIS BOOK."
-- Dava Guthmiller, CEO & Creative Director of Noise 13 Design, Leader of Slow Food San Francisco
"Jessica's elegantly crafted personal portraits present these recipes as artifacts of individual lives lived in rhythm with landscape, season and in harmony with tradition. The whole of this work transcends the expected."
-- Amaryll Schwertner, Chef/Owner of Boulettes Larder, San Francisco
Top Customer Reviews
The recipes are absolutely fantastic, the photography is luscious, and the documentation of vanishing traditional Italian food culture is important. But what really makes the book stand out is the quality of the writing.
The language is evocative, and the tales of the women embody such beautiful wisdom. The prose is poetic and rich; the writer has a gift for telling the tales of these extraordinary women. And Jessica's journey was not just physical; you can feel the author grow wiser throughout the progression of the book. The challenges of the trip, the exposure to the wise grandmothers, and the wild and unexpected experience of life itself serve to impart this wisdom to Jessica page by page.
The Jessica who set out on this journey is different than the Jessica who returned.
I don't normally associate cookbooks as something that you can just sit down and read, but this book is a joy to curl up with, like a warm wool blanket by the fire. I will be buying them for family and friends as Christmas presents, and just-for-the-heck-of-it presents. A sense of love and warmth permeates the book, and it will truly touch the reader.
Every once in a while a truly special book comes along- this is one of them.
Other than that, I really enjoyed the read.
"No one who cooks, cooks alone. Even at her most solitary, a cook in the kitchen is surrounded by generations of cooks past, the advice and menus of cooks present, the wisdom of cookbook writers." 'Laurie Colwin
In an introduction to the book, Chef Alice Waters says, "We have forgotten how to feed ourselves and each other and are at risk of losing our culinary heritage. However, when the stories are told and the recipes retained, we somehow manage to secure them for the future...Jessica Theroux has taken a gift for connecting with people and new cultures and translated it into an anthology of stories that capture the role of food and family in the lives of twelve remarkable women. Her closeness with the women she has lived and cooked with comes through with clarity and beauty as we meet them through their pasta, beans, and rabbits."
As a young girl, Jessica Theroux was fortunate to have an Italian au pair. Then she and her family traveled to Italy a few times to visit Graziella (the au pair) and her mother, Mamma Maria. "It seems to me now that I was always destined to return to Italy someday to recapture those childhood pleasures...Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This quickly became one of my favorite books. The grandmother stories are entertaining & interesting. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Dorothy Lewis
Since my son has a personal relationship with the author, am looking forward to either one cooking for us!Published 14 months ago by marion sanen-fisher
My wife loved it. My daughters loved it... Great addition to our cookbook library.Published 18 months ago by Amazon Customer
I highly recommend this Cook book as a gift. I gave it this Christmas and the recipient was thrilled!Published 19 months ago by Sam Stratton
I Am Italian and I cook for living. From this position I found this book inauthentic. Million years away from solid, well researched, authentic books on Italian food - Elizabeth... Read morePublished 19 months ago by S. Arturi