U.S. Tour, 2012: Communication, Connections, and Putting in the Soul

April 3, 2012

If there was any central theme to the 2012 U.S. tour (my fourteenth annual winter tour!), it had to be "communication". Above all, through cooking - but not only: in Denver, I shared "Memoirs of Rural Life" with over 400 persons through my Power-pointed lecture. Another lecture in Denver, "Italians, HANDS ON!", encouraged participants to communicate with Italian gestures. A few Italian gestures also slipped into my Umbrian rural cuisine cooking classes in private homes from Los Angeles to Washington, DC. Read more...

2012 U.S Tour: Cooking IS Communicating

January 11, 2012

I've been offering cooking lesssons of Umbrian rural cuisine in private homes since 1998 - when Cathleen from San Anselmo invited me to bring Umbria's flavors into her kitchen. I've never yet had a stated U.S Tour "theme" but I think that I will this year: "Cooking IS Communicating." read more...

Italian Cooking in U.S. Schools?

December 13, 2011

Children certainly do need to learn maths, literature, history and geography in school. They also need to learn about an important means of communication, necessary for their health and well-being: cooking - and the making and sharing of foods with others. I so enjoyed teaching Italian cooking, healthy eating and nutrition in a Texas school in 2009. Time to get back into the schools, taking the message of Nadia with me, too. read more...

The Joy of Cooking – Umbrian Cuisine, in the U.S.

October 21, 2011

As I look forward to my 2012 February/March coast-to-coast U.S tour, memories of my memorable 2011 tour flood in. No single event takes the stage. Each one was unique, each one was highlighted by an unforgettable moment (and laughter!) - and each one connected me with such a wide array of amazing people. read more...