"What is the purpose of food?"
"To delight the palate and cheer the spirit"
. . . from Italian Made
After eating in Italy with our Italian family and friends we've come to realize the pivotal place that food has in the Italian culture and it begins with the table. Italians take time and effort to prepare a well-laid table where there is beauty and grace in the smallest detail. Meals are an essential part of Italian life. Not that they obsess about food or over indulge. Italians truly value food and its preparation.
It beings with the growing of the food, the selling of the food at their markets and extends to the careful and considerate preparation of the food. They value the traditions and regional diversity of Italian cooking based on the geography of the land and the cultural traditions of the region. We think that all this combined with the warm and generous hospitality of the Italian people, the freshest of ingredients and some of the finest wine in the world is what defines the meaning of a "well laid" table.
Recipe selections are based on my eating, cooking, shopping and tasting regional Italian food on annual road trips in Italy with our Italian family and friends and will have your friends wondering at what Italian cooking school you’ve been studying.
The recipe may be the best place to reassure the human gesture of sharing. Not just to keep loved ones fed and nourished, but beyond that, as a gesture of the instinct to imagine, to create and perfect, to continue in the countless iterations, to work on a recipe until its variations are explored, its textures, flavors, aromas and physicality are worked on in pursuit of a new and valued item for presentation to the table. This constant endeavor is repeated over and over and over again and has passed down since the beginning of upright man, the foraging and presenting, the “cooking” endeavor in man’s history on this earth. (Kitchen Inspirational )