Cooking with Italian Grandmothers

 Jessica Theroux, a young American chef, spent a magical year traveling through Italy, and talking and cooking with Italian grandmothers. She recorded their stories and secrets. The result is a bewitchingly beautiful book that cooks will cherish. Cooking with Italian Grandmothers contains the stories and recipes of 12 grandmothers from different regions of Italy.

Jessica lives with these unique women who do things the “old way”. My mouth watered as I read the recipe for Ossobuco in Bianco alla Milanese with Gremolata from the northern Italy. Ossobuco is one of my cold-weather favourites. Her version from a Piedmontese grandmother, looks rich and delicious. I can hardly wait to try my hand at the savoury fried seafood and caponata from Sicily.
Jessica Theroux is also a photographer and filmmaker. The book is stunning to look at, with pages of gorgeous photos to make the stories even more vivid. You’ll want to eat it – and if you are a cook you will be compelled to make it.
The forward is by renowned chef Alice Waters, owner of Chez Panisse.  She calls the book "an exquisite heartfelt work that is an important reference for us all.” I agree. The book isn’t only a collection of fabulous recipes and exquisite techniques; it is a record of a way of life that is rapidly disappearing.