Share the Joy! if you have a special Food Memory. This week Ginnie Bivona, author of The Seductive Chef: A Cookbook & More For Lovers Shares the Joy! with her story:
How I wish I could go home for just one more Sunday. My fondest memories of holiday dinners were the family feasts at my Aunt Jo and Uncle Ed’s house. Everyone in the family, from the littlest kids to the family elders were all packed around the dinner table. All talking and laughing at the same time. Loud, I might add. We started with the antipasto, then platter after bowl after heaping tray passed around the table for hours. And of course, wine with every new offering. But my favorite part of the meal was not at the table (although it was there I learned to love Italian cooking) it was later in the day. When the meal was finally over, the boys went out to play, the girls and women cleaned up the dishes, the men went into the living room to drink port, smoke cigars and listen to scratchy Caruso records, weeping at the beauty of the Great Man’s voice. Then, finally, when the house was back in perfect order we all gathered around the piano, singing arias from opera and traditional songs from the old country. I never could carry a tune, but how I loved that singing. It day was full of great food, family love and beautiful Italian music. We sang till dark, leaving then in a flurry of hugs, kisses and pinched cheeks. Who wouldn’t want to go back one more time for a day like that?
Ginnie Siena Bivona
Get your copy of the book voted Best Italian Cuisine Book in the USA by Gourmand World Cookbook Awards-The Basic Art of Italian Cooking: Holidays & Special Occasions-2nd edition
Oct 29-31-See you at the Philly Gourmet Food & Wine Show at Valley Forge Convention Center this weekend at my culinary book signing
Nov 2nd- 7 PM-Book Signing, sampling at Fair Lakes Library, Fair Lakes, NJ
Nov 13-Borders Express- Woodbridge, NJ
Dec4-Borders, Mount Laurel, NJ