How does "a girl from the frozen north" end up running a highly acclaimed restaurant and cooking school in the heart of Florence, Italy? With great difficulty, and some hilarity, as it turns out. In her delightful memoir-laced cookbook, author Sharon Oddson Gargani tells how her early passions for food and art take her from Grandma Gerda's roast stuffed goose at Christmas in Winnipeg to the succulent offerings of Trattoria Garga. In a narrative worthy of comic opera, the author, a young expatriate, falls in love with and marries the exuberant Florentine painter, Giuliano Gargani, somehow survives life with his widowed mother-the inimitable, razor-tongued Zoe, who initiates her into the mysteries of housekeeping and care of a husband-ruinous debt, and a host of other misfortunes, to open the Garganis' first tiny eatery. There they set about creating exotic signature recipes, notably a daring ravioli made with oversized communion wafers in place of pasta. Today a resounding success, frequented by such diners as Sting and Armani, Trattoria Garga now sits in a magnificent fourteenth-century palazzo, near the author's celebrated cooking school. Once Upon a Tuscan Table takes the reader deep into the complex world of a charming Italian family rooted in the Old World, and passes on the fabulous creations of their heritage: the recipes of Trattoria Garga, each one a gem.
Once upon a Tuscan Table
Camino Books, Incorporated
Tales and Recipes from Trattoria Garga