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.”
Fascinating Umbrian culinary historian Nadia Marconi says it best: “Food is a language, a way of communicating… You have to put your soul into food… Aromas, flavors, colors all transmit messages – such a perfect form of communication! Let us educate our youth, our children to the flavors of food as communication.“
This year’s “theme” has always been there: all past cooking classes have drawn people together, formed new bonds, led to new ways of communication. Each one has been a joy, no matter what the location! I’ve cooked in private homes all over the country, in cooking schools in Reno and in Phoenix, in a restaurant in Madison, Wisconsin, on a Texas ranch, in schools with the little ones, in church kitchens. I’ve cooked in large, fully-equipped kitchens and in tiny ones: in a New York City apartment and in the galley-sized kitchen of a tiny Boston brownstone.
The space doesn’t matter. The bonds form, no matter what the space.
Click here for the planned 2012 U.S tour itinerary
Click here to read more on Nadia Marconi’s culinary wisdom
Click here to read about and see the fun during my 2011 US tour
Click here to enjoy the highlights of the 2010 tour