From Charlene Muhr
author: Theroux, Jessica
American chef, Jessica Theroux, takes readers on a journey through Italy, from Tuscany to Sicily.  Theroux’s journey was inspired by Slow Food, an organization founded in Italy, in 1989.  Slow Food’s mission is “to promote values in traditional food and preparation and to counteract the trend toward fast food and a faster life.”  On her journey, Theroux visits Irene, a grandmother in the Piedmontese town of Bra, the international headquarters of the Slow Food Movement.  COOKING WITH ITALIAN GRANDMOTHERS is not only a wonderful collection of recipes but each grandmother shares her history, her stories, and her secrets as she cooks alongside Theroux.  The recipes are clear and simple and each recipe is indexed.  Theroux presents an interesting selection of recipes from walnut black pepper cookies, calabrian bread salad, and lasagne with a béchamel sauce, homemade ricotta, and blood orange gelato.  There was an interesting quote in the beginning of the book from  the writer, Laurie Colwin.  “No one who cooks, cooks alone.  Even at her most solitary, a cook in the kitchen is surrounded by generations of cooks past, the advice and menus of cooks present, the wisdom of cookbook writers.”