Beyond the Pasta: Recipes, Language, and Life with an Italian Family
Written by: Mark Leslie
Author’s site: http://www.beyondthepasta.com
Several years ago, on a break between theatrical gigs in Alabama, Mark traveled to Italy and fell in love with the people, food and culture. Armed with just enough courage, minimal Italian language skills, and a certain proficiency in the kitchen, he enrolled in a full-immersion cooking and language program. He would travel to Viterbo, Italy and live with an Italian family for a month.
His teachers were beyond his wildest dreams—he learned to cook from the grandmother, or nonna, of the family, who prepared every meal in the bustling, busy household, as the nonne before her had done for generations. Her daughter Alessandra taught him the language with patience and precision. But besides culinary secrets and prepositions, they opened their lives to him and made him a real part of their extensive family.
Though the book contains delicious, authentic family recipes Nonna shared with Mark, Beyond The Pasta delves into food memoir subject matter not found in typical cookbooks. It was in the day-to-day living, befuddled social interactions, laughing and shopping with Nonna, and exploring the countryside and le gelaterie that he truly developed his language skills and a new, more joyful and uniquely Italian way of looking at the world.
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