Month: June 2013

Tales From the Italian Kitchen

The woman behind the counter was wearing a loose cotton dress. Her skin was the colour of aged tan leather, but was softened by her smile. She scooped balls of creamy mozzarella di bufula into a bag. This oozing cheese was the work of those weathered hands and it was the best to be found this side of Naples, or so I was told. The best mozzarella that Lazio has to offer; the humble panaderia in Lambrugo, stocked with the finest prosciutto in all of Italy; the crostata that resolutely appears on every birthday table – it’s so often the work of a tireless mother, a devoted nonna and more and more frequently, a skilled young woman. Italian chef, Nadia Santini was recently named the best female chef in the world. Alongside her, in restaurants, bakeries and homes from Aosta to Messina stand other men, women, nonni, parents and whole families preserving – and shaping – an incredible Italian food culture. I want to take you on a journey through the humble kitchens of Italy, Read More