Bestsellling author Adriana Trigiani's latest book is, in one word,
delicious! Within its pages are the entertaining, touching and
oftentimes hilarious stories of life as a Trigiani sister.
COOKING WITH MY SISTERS follows the Trigiani family from Italy to
America and then to the mountains of Virginia, into the bustling
family's home base --- the kitchen. From page one, you become part
of the Trigiani family and are welcomed into their home, their
hearts and, best of all, their kitchens! Mixed in with the rich
stories of family and tradition are wonderful, easy-to-follow
Trigiani family recipes, each one seasoned with the wisdom passed
down from the Trigiani family matriarchs, Grandmom Trigiani and
Grandma Lucy. You become one of the "sisters" in learning about the
importance of quality ingredients, proper techniques, and the art
of making your guests feel like family.
Throughout the births, confirmations, weddings and deaths in the
Trigiani family, food has been the constant that connects one
generation to the next. Whether making Easter bread or wedding
cookies, canning tomatoes with Grandmom Trigiani or making fresh
pasta with Dad, the Trigianis really get into the meat and potatoes
of this Italian-American family. This familial bond strengthened
through good times, and good food is a generous gift that Trigiani
shares with us throughout her book. My copy is now smudged with
some of the ingredients of a few of my newfound favorites.
COOKING WITH MY SISTERS reminds us of old-fashioned values and of
times well spent with family around the kitchen table. It brings
into focus the importance of the family dinner, where parents and
children eat together and learn from one another. It reminds us of
life before time-management, when productivity levels ruled our
days and fast food filled our dinner tables. It is a feast of
family stories, traditions and values that are almost extinct in
today's warp speed world.
There is no better feeling than relaxing after a good meal, and
COOKING WITH MY SISTERS has the perfect combination of ingredients
that will satisfy the cook and book lover in everyone. I'm sure
you'll be asking for a second helping!
Reviewed by Jill McAfee (firstname.lastname@example.org) on December 28, 2010