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Cooking with Italian Grandmothers
By Jessica Theroux
Introduction by Alice Waters
Illustrated by Zach Hewitt
296 pages, 9 x 9
150 full color photographs
Hardcover, $40.00 ($48.00 CAN)
ISBN: 978-1-59962-089-3
On Sale: 09/28/2010

Cooking/Photography - Italian

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Check out Jessica Theroux's feature in Food & Wine's September 2011 issue and on Williams-Sonoma's blog, The Blender.

On Jessica Theroux's journey to Italy and Sicily she found the soul of the Slow Food movement in the hearts of twelve grandmothers...

American chef Jessica Theroux spent a year traveling throughout Italy, cooking and talking with Italian grandmothers. The result is a charming and authentic collection of recipes, techniques, anecdotes, and photographs that celebrate the rustic and sustainable culinary traditions of Italy's most experienced home cooks.

Cooking with Italian Grandmothers features the histories and menus of twelve grandmothers, each of whom welcomed Ms. Theroux into her kitchen and pantry and shared both favorite dishes and personal wisdoms. From the dramatic winter shores of Ustica to the blooming hills of Tuscany in the spring, readers will journey though Italy's most diverse regions and seasons to discover the country's most delectable dishes, from the traditional to the unexpected, and meet the storied women who make them.

Read the publisher's interview with the author here.

"Our mother made us, but our grandmother raised us. She taught us these things when we were very young: to go and put wood on the fire, to hand roll the pasta, to help with the bread or the slaughter. It's a lovely and natural thing to learn to cook first by the side of one's grandmother"
— Carluccia

Part travel diary, part photo essay, part cookbook, Cooking with Italian Grandmothers features over 100 time-honored recipes, from the perfect panna cotta to the classic meat lasagna.


    • Recipes and wisdom from 12 Italian
    • 100 classic Italian recipes
    • A number of regional and seasonal menus,
       complete from appetizer to dessert.
    • Over 150 full color photographs.