I’m a complete fool when it comes to cookbooks, especially those featuring Italian food. I read them like novels and use them for inspiration, dreaming that I’m preparing a meal in a cozy kitchen somewhere in Italy.
I could go and count how many Italian cookbooks that I own, but let it suffice to say that I now own one more. A few weeks ago I left a comment on Food Lover’s Odyssey and lo and behold I was the winner of a cookbook coming straight from the Amalfi Coast. Kathy, who writes this blog, is a trained culinary professional who spends time in both Italy and France and writes about her travels from culinary point of view. She also leads tours in Puglia and I long to tag along with her some day soon.
I’ve been patiently waiting for my book to arrive knowing that it was being sent from Mamma Agata’s Cooking School high above the sea in Ravello. Imagine my delight when I opened a heavy box bearing an Italian return address and found 2 pounds of pasta and and an apron from the cooking school in addition to the beautiful book. Thankfully it was my day off so I had the time to read the story of Mamma Agata, her family and her school. Being of southern Italian heritage the recipes in the book remind me so much of food that I grew up with. The book written by Chiara, Mamma Agata’s daughter, has stunning photos of both the food and the scenery. The recipes are easy to follow with step by step directions and tips for success in your own kitchen.
So I’m off to the kitchen to whip up a taste of Campania and have added Mamma Agata’s Cooking School to my ever growing list of things I have to do in Italy. A big “grazie” to Kathy and to Mamma Agata along with her family for sharing this piece of the Amalfi Coast with me.
January 12, 2013 at 1:43 am
Congratulations J.! The pasta looks beautiful too.
January 15, 2013 at 2:28 am
Tea With Betty-chances are that you may just get to sample something from this book.
January 12, 2013 at 1:45 am
January 15, 2013 at 2:29 am
Sarah-it’s so fun to win something!
January 12, 2013 at 2:15 am
Splendid!~ Congrazie!~ That’s my made up Italian word of the day.
January 15, 2013 at 2:39 am
Eliza-in Italian you could say “complimenti” or “auguri” but I love your version!
January 12, 2013 at 5:47 am
Lucky you. Must have been a nice surprise to get the apron and pasta as well.
January 15, 2013 at 2:30 am
Quipstress-it was such a nice surprise-it made my day!
January 12, 2013 at 12:05 pm
Congrats! Sounds wonderful!! I love that it came with the pasta and apron. Now that’s Italian.
January 15, 2013 at 2:38 am
Cugina C-I wouldn’t want to be anything but Italian-what wonderful memories we have!
January 12, 2013 at 12:10 pm
How cool is this? Congrats, and that must have been a lovely way to spend the day – a cookbook, pasta, and good memories. (I’ve become an apron collector…scary, huh?! LOL!)
January 15, 2013 at 2:30 am
Our Kitchen Inventions-I may have to find an apron for you….
January 12, 2013 at 8:54 pm
Ravello is truly beautiful. A must see location for a future trip. There is a wonderful hike, too from Ravello to Amalfi. A wonderful way to spend a day, but not to be done alone. Congratulations on the big win.
January 15, 2013 at 2:31 am
Pat-I’ve never been to Ravello but now I know I will go. I am definitely going to take a class at Mamma Agata’s.
January 13, 2013 at 11:16 pm
I sure wish I was there to share some samples from the new recipes that you will be trying! Congrazie!
January 15, 2013 at 2:32 am
Abbie-at some point I will be cooking for you again-hopefully in the not too distant future…
January 14, 2013 at 4:33 pm
Hi Janie – Congratulations! I hope you enjoy the book and am looking forward to hearing all about the fabulous dishes you’ve cooked.