Dear Francesca by Mary Contini
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Dear Francesca
By Mary Contini

Dear Francesca

An Italian Journey of Recipes Recounted with Love

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Dear Francesca by Mary Contini

Book Description

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 moving, family history in which Contini describes her ancestors' loves and lives in their adopted homeland where traditions were kept alive around the dinner table. With characters as colourful as in any novel, this is a book that will appeal to anyone who loves Italian food and wishes to share in a sense of family. It adds up to one of the most original books for food lovers in recent years, blending great narrative with heartwarming recipes and recollections.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780091892357
ISBN-10: 009189235X
Format: Paperback
(198mm x 127mm x 25mm)
Pages: 400
Imprint: Ebury Press
Publisher: Ebury Publishing
Publish Date: 5-Jun-2003
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Books By Author Mary Contini

Italian Sausage Bible by Mary Contini Italian Sausage Bible, Paperback (July 2012)

In this practical and humorous book, acclaimed cookery writer Mary Contini explores the Italian sausage, tracing its history and features over 55 mouth-watering recipes.

Valvona and Crolla by Mary Contini Valvona and Crolla, Hardback (October 2009)

Valvona & Crolla has been described as 'the Sistine chapel of continental delis'. Founded in 1934 by the Continis' ancestors, the Italian shop and restaurant is legendary in food circles for its excellent food and drink. This book offers 200 delicious recipes from around the country, together with recommendations for wines to match them.

Easy Peasy Baking by Mary Contini Easy Peasy Baking, Paperback (April 2008)

Focuses on the most popular area of kids' cooking - baking - with over 80 recipes to tempt kids into the kitchen. This title starts with basic techniques and preparation, and then moves into recipes that not only taste delicious, but are also fun to cook, from breads and buns to pizzas, cakes and pastries.

Dear Olivia by Mary Contini Dear Olivia, Paperback (July 2007)

Presenting some of the recipes that Italian shepherds brought over - the tomatoes, the garlic, the sausage, the wine - this is a memoir of family and food. It is an evocation of life between the wars, a story of survival against all the odds, that captures the sights and smells of Italian life and culture, at home and abroad.

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Author Biography - Mary Contini

Based in Edinburgh, Mary Contini is a partner in the famous Italian delicatessen Valvona and Crolla. She also writes a column for The Scotsman and has presented Scotland's Larder on television.

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