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Dear Olivia An Italian Journey of Love and Courage by Mary Contini
  

Dear Olivia An Italian Journey of Love and Courage

Synopsis

Dear Olivia An Italian Journey of Love and Courage by Mary Contini

In this fascinating follow-up to the highly successful Dear Francesca, Mary Contini writes to her other daughter, Olivia, to tell the story of her great-grandparents, the humble Italian shepherds who emigrated to Edinburgh and then helped to transform Britain's food culture. Sharing some of the recipes that they brought over, the tomatoes, the garlic, the sausage, the wine, this is a mouthwatering memoir of family and food. It is also a brilliant evocation of life between the wars, a triumphant story of survival against all the odds, that captures the sights and smells of Italian life and culture, at home and abroad.

Reviews

A charming story . . . she unravels the family history like a precious thread. Contini's writing has a naturalness and honesty about it that brings a lump to the throat on occasion. * * Sunday Herald * * A happy blend of epistle, storytelling, memoir. * * The Times * * Refreshingly down to earth, the book is eminently readable. * * Evening Times * * Don't miss it. * * Daily Mail * *


About the Author

Mary Contini grew up in East Lothian above her family's Italian cafe. She is the bestselling author of numerous books about Italian life and cooking, including Dear Francesca, Dear Olivia, Valvona & Crolla: A Year at an Italian Table and The Italian Sausage Bible. She is a Director of Valvona & Crolla, the renowned Edinburgh delicatessen, restaurant and cookery school.

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Book Info

Publication date

5th July 2007

Author

Mary Contini

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Publisher

Canongate Books Ltd

Format

Paperback
432 pages

Categories

Autobiography: general
Family history, tracing ancestors
National & regional cuisine

ISBN

9781841959825

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