If your mother had been brought up in an extended Italian family that was passionate about food, and gone on to run one of the country's most successful delicatessens, would you not want a record of all the knowledge and experience she had acquired? Dear Francesca provides just that, in a form that can be shaerd with other families and other cooks. Addressing her daughter Francesca, Mary Contini has written not only a wonderful cook book, but also a compelling and often moving account of her family history. She describes the life her grandparents led in a poor mountain village in Italy, their emigration to Scotland and the culinary traditions the extended family has kept alive in their adopted country. Informative, humorous and always passionate, this is a cookbook to read as well as to cook from day after day.
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"part cookery, part storytelling - and wholly beguiling...don't miss it: there won't be a better cookbook published this decade" ( Elisabeth Luard, Daily Mail)
"a charming story...she unravels the family history like a precious thread...Contini's writing has a naturalness and honesty about it that brings a lump to the throat on occasion. It is full of warmth, love and respect for traditional Italian attitudes to food as the cornerstone of a nurturing family life. A lovely unmissable book." ( Sunday Herald)
"a really heartwarming book of recollections and recipes, recounted with love and gusto" ( Sainsbury's Magazine)
"a remarkable book...a pleasure to read as well as to cook from" ( Homes & Gardens)
"From the barren mountains of Southern Italy to the chilly streets of Edinburgh, this is a joy - both in and out of the kitchen" ( Choice Magazine)
An unusual, deeply personal family cookbook, written to be passed on to future generations, by the bestselling author of the Easy Peasy series.
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Book Description Ebury Press, 2002. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # P110091881765
Book Description Ebury Press, 2003. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # DADAX0091881765