Italy – great new book highlights food, farms and markets in a delightful valley in Umbria

Cooking and food in Umbria Do you love Italian food? Would you like to take a cooking class in your villa in Italy? I would love to introduce you all to Elizabeth… I first met Elizabeth when she and her then business partner came to cook at one of our villas in Italy, together they performed, created, cajoled, sang all while teaching us about the wild herbs from the hillside, how to stuff and roast, duck, quail, chicken on a spit in the open kitchen fireplace, how to fill fresh mozzarella bites with homemade fruit mostarda, all accompanied by a ‘few’ glasses of wine.

Dinner on an open fire – Chicken, Quail, turning on a spit in our kitchen fireplace

Her cooking classes in our villas became a ‘must do’ for all our clients, as one lawyer friend who was most reluctant to subject his wife and daughters to a cooking class before leaving for his trip ( as we planned it together), came home a few weeks later from Italy, he phoned me up and said “you know about that cooking class? ( I waited for the shoe to drop), he said…”well it should be mandatory!, it was an amazing experience”… Now Elizabeth has published a book about the food and farmers of this lovely area of Umbria.

Sustenance: Food Traditions in Italy’s Heartland -A new guide to farms, markets, and fairs in the Upper Tiber Valley Continue reading