Chef and former Montalvo Culinary Fellow Jessica Theroux presents her new film series, "Rabbits and Wrinkles," based on her journey through Italy to learn the traditions and recipes of the region; this will be followed by a reading from her newly-released cookbook/travelogue, Cooking with Italian Grandmothers.
Theroux spent one year traveling throughout Italy, cooking and talking with Italian grandmothers. The result is a charming and authentic collection of recipes, anecdotes, photographs, and film footage celebrating the rustic and sustainable culinary traditions of Italy's most experienced home cooks. Cooking with Italian Grandmothers features the histories and menus of fifteen grandmothers, each of whom welcomed Theroux into their kitchen and pantry, sharing both favorite dishes and personal wisdom.
Books will be available for purchase at the event. Click here to learn more about Cooking with Italian Grandmothers, published by Welcome Books!
Theroux will also present two special Culinary Workshops based on her recipes on Saturday, November 13.
Here's what people are saying about Cooking with Italian Grandmothers:
"Years ago Jessica put several of the wonderfully simple recipes now in this book to work in my own kitchen with beautiful results. She is a talented cook, writer, and documentarian. 'Cooking with Italian Grandmothers' is an exquisite, heartfelt anthology that is an important reference for us all."
— Alice Waters
"In preparation for my second ever trip to Italy, I was eager to absorb the stories and picturesque details of 'Cooking with Italian Grandmothers.' The chapter about Bruna brought me back to thoughts of driving through the country side, the welcoming people, and the amazing yet simple foods. More reading found me inspired to try Bruna's Coniglio in Bianco (white wine-braised rabbit). As much as I love a good rabbit dish, I had yet to cook one myself until now. Totally lovely and easy to prepare, this rabbit dish worked beautifully with Maria's Cauliflower in Ricotta al Forno. I can not wait to try our more dishes and read the full stories of each grandmother. A true experience - I wish I had been there. Thanks so much for the preview of the book. I LOVE IT."
— Dava Guthmiller, CEO & Creative Director of Noise 13 Design, Leader of Slow Food San Francisco
"Jessica's elegantly crafted personal portraits present these recipes as artifacts of individual lives lived in rhythm with landscape, season and in harmony with tradition. The whole of this work transcends the expected."
— Amaryll Schwertner, chef/owner of Boulettes Larder, San Francisco
"This book is a joy to read, and awakens the appetite with its clear and simple recipes. I'm delighted that the author is a graduate of our Chef's Training Program at the NGI - she deserves all the success coming her way."
— Annemarie Colbin, Ph.D. Founder and CEO, The Natural Gourmet Institute for Health and Culinary Arts, NYC