Dear Francesca: An Italian Journey of Recipes Recounted with Love
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Dear Francesca: An Italian Journey of Recipes Recounted with Love

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If your mother had been brought up in an extended Italian family that was passionate about food, and gone on to run one of the country's most successful delicatessens, would you not want a record of all the knowledge and experience she had acquired?This bookprovides just that, in a form that can be shared with other families and other cooks. Addressing her daughter Frances...more
Paperback, 352 pages
Published June 1st 2003 by Ebury Press (first published April 30th 2003)
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Mix of family history and cookbook. The recipes are an odd hodgepodge of British and Italian.

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Written by leading cookery author Mary Contini, this delightful narrative is in the bestselling tradition of Anthony Bourdain and Annie Hawes. It tells the tale of the Di Ciacca family, tracing their journey from the barren Abruzzi mountains to the chilly streets of post-war Edinburgh. Addressing her daughter Francesca as she embarks on independent life, this is a compelling, often m...more
This was a book that I picked up impulsively. It sounded just wonderful. Italian food and family history, everything that I would love! So when I started reading it, I had high expectations, which might be one of the reasons why I just didn't enjoy the book. For me, the book lacked charm and at times felt more like an instructions manual..
Wish it didn't, because it had the potential to be such a brilliant read.
was reading group book for january. havent managed to finish it yet. think was struggling to get into it as it is really a recipe book with some stories through it (the hardback version is much nicer and is more obviously a cook book). Will keep the book as, based on what others in the group thought, i would like to finish it and perhaps try some of the recipes. The author does come across as quite dictatorial and is definitely of the womans place is in the kitchen school!!
I didn't finish reading this book! I love italian food but could have done with more stories in it rather than lists of ingredients.
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