Friday, May 20, 2011

Italian Cooking Adventure: A Preface

The famous writer John Steinbeck was once quoted in Harper's Bazaar saying, "Positano bites deep. It is a dream place that isn't quite real when you are there and becomes beckoningly real after you are gone." He couldn't have been more truthful in that statement. Positano, Italy is a small but thriving sea town set vertically into the cliffs of the lofty Amalfi coast. It certainly seemed surreal to be there and seems even more like some far off, distant fantasy now that I have gone. But, it wasn't just Positano that cast its dreamy spell over me. It was all of Italy; its people, its food, its ingredients, its culture, and above all, its charm.

I decided to break down my posts about my cooking adventure into days, where I will explain different meals I ate, dishes I cooked, and ingredients I learned about. But for now, here are just some basics:

  • I spent a total of 7 days in Positano, a short night in London, and 3 more in Rome.
  • My cooking, eating, and travel companion was the best chef and friend I know, my mom! 
  • I took 5 cooking classes with 3 chefs.
  • Most of the ingredients used in restaurants (especially in Positano) come straight from the gardens of the chefs themselves, just steps away from the stove and are largely organic!
  • I had no less than 2 glasses of wine, countless carbs, and a cup of gelato every day.
  • The "when in Rome" philosophy was in full effect 24/7.
  • Seasonality is incredibly important to cooking in Italy as well as regionality. 
  • The key to Italian cooking is simplicity and of course a little bit of Italian charm.

The best is yet to come! Ciao!

1 comment:

  1. SO excited to hear about every part of your journey!! So exciting. Love you!