22 20, 2013 is the official release date for The Glorious Vegetables of Italy.
To tell the truth, I get a little dizzy at the thought of it. I never expected to write one cookbook, let alone five. And yet, here I am, less than a decade after embarking on my first, getting ready to introduce you to numero cinque.
I have that same happy but slightly panicked feeling that I had the day my daughter turned 5. I remember very clearly standing there looking at her in her party dress and thinking: Who took my baby and plopped a 5-year-old down in front of me?
I felt the same way earlier this month, when she turned fifteen. Life moves at warp speed and sometimes it’s all you can do to hang on.
When I look in the mirror and see the deepening lines and furrows, I think: It’s me, but it’s not me.
But of course it is me.
I’ve always vowed I would not have “work done.” Lifts, injections, peels. Whatever people do to erase the passage of time. My Zia Elsa had a deeply lined face. “Ogni ruga un esperienza,” she used to say. “Every line is an experience.” I thought she was beautiful.
So, no cosmetic surgery for me. But as you can plainly see, my website has indeed undergone a little nip & tuck. And is looking rather fabulous, if you don’t mind my saying so. I hope you’ll click around a bit. But in the mean time I’d like to point out a few of my favorite new features.
* Header: I love the header (the repeating image that runs across the top of the site). If you look closely you’ll see that it’s actually an old 6 lire stamp depicting a woman in traditional Abruzzese dress.
* Recipes: You can now search and print out recipes without printing an entire post. Click on “Recipes” in the navigation bar to go to the archive.
* Instagram: My Instagram feed is now on the right rail of my blog page. Why? Because I’m an Instagram addict and I tend to post a lot more frequently there than I do here. Most of my pics are of what’s happening in my kitchen (along with shots, every now and then, of my favorite places).
* Events calendar: I had an events calendar on my old site, but I found it cumbersome and I never used it. With the new book coming out, I’ll be updating this new calendar regularly to keep you posted on where I’ll be for cooking classes, book signings, demos etc. Scroll over the word ‘About’ in the navigation bar and then click on ‘Events calendar.’ I’ve already posted a few Glorious Vegetable events, including two cooking classes that I’ll be teaching, July 5 and 6, at Stonewall Kitchen in York, Maine.
* Cookbooks: My cookbooks are now featured at the top of my home page, where they belong ~ because after all, they are at the heart of what I do. Each book has a dedicated page, so just click on a book’s image if you’re interested in learning more.
Which brings meandering me back to where we started. Glorious vegetables, from artichokes to zucchini. This book is in many ways a companion to my previous book The Glorious Pasta of Italy, similar in design and in the way it is organized. The photographer, Sang An, has transformed my written recipes into a visual feast. If you click on The Glorious Vegetables of Italy page, you’ll see a few more photos in addition to the cover, along with a brief description of the contents.
Although the book won’t officially be available for another couple of months, you can, if you are so inclined, pre-order it online. (Please let me know if you do so I can send a proper thank you.)
In the coming weeks I look forward to sharing more from the book, including recipes. After all, summer is in full swing. Glorious vegetables are everywhere.