Have I ever mentioned that my lovely mom was Italian?
She would always tell us stories about how when she grew up her mom was an amazing cook and never really used very much meat in her cooking.
My mom loved eating soups and beans and all kinds of green veggies. Sauteed kales and spinaches and other hearty greens were some of her favorites.
She ate and cooked meats for my dad but I truly think she was a pure vegetarian at heart. She didn’t even really like milk…she might even have been vegan.
When I found this book I knew I had to have it.
This dish reminds me of my Italian grandmother’s cooking.
My grandmother had two kitchens in the house my mom grew up in…a basement kitchen and an upstairs kitchen.
She used the basement kitchen to can all of the lovely things my Italian grandpa grew in his garden.
My grandparents also had a brick oven in their grape arbor.
I have no idea what they used it for but my grandmother always had amazing foods prepped for us when we visited every Sunday.
This book is filled with delightful simple foods.
Soups and stews and veggies and breads and cookies and simple pleasing pastas.
It reminds me of the Italian part of me.
I can’t wait to dive into it and make something
Italian Tuscan Bean Soup is simmering away in my slow cooker…the house smells so Italian…lol…