As many of you know my big Italian family is at my heart always and has guided me in so many ways to be who I am today.
I have a special story to share with you. It was like being part of a movie, but it was the magic of life.
My great-grandmother traveled from Italy by boat to the U.S. when she was a teenager and never returned. Sadly, she lost touch with her family. For years growing up I wondered if we still had family in Italy. When my husband Jimi and I were on our honeymoon in 1998 we went exploring on the Amalfi Coast as I wanted to find my roots and the town my Great-Grandmother Angelina was born, Agerola, Italy.
What happened next I never expected. It was magical and serendipitous.
If you have ever taken a workshop with me you know how much my Great-Grandmother influenced me and how her birth stories inspired me. She is where my interest in gentle, pleasurable Orgasmic Birth began.
When Jimi and I went to Italy, I not only found the town Angelina was born in, I found so much more – my family who was still living in the same town and owned the home my great-grandmother was born in!
I learned my cousins were on a summer holiday in Ischia and we were put in touch via phone. My cousin, Graziella had spent a few years in the U.S. in High School so her English was great thankfully, as I didn’t speak Italian! She invited us to come to visit her on Ischia the next day.
Being on our honeymoon we had time so the next day Jimi and I drove through Naples to the ferry and headed off to Ischia.
I will never forget as the ferry was pulling up to the dock, I saw Graziella and I knew it was her. She had such a strong family resemblance and a great big smile. She welcomed us as if we had known each other forever. She had cooked up a feast of food that I can still see and taste in my mind. It was the most delicious meal I’d ever had! We felt right at home, just like a perfect film story. Graziella’s mother, Maria, who we call “Nonna” shared stories of the family and we could feel the same energy I had grown up with and loved from my grandmother and great-grandmother.
We had just met but we fast friends and cousins already in our hearts. Almost every year since then I’ve visited Graziella and her family in Agerola – learning her cooking and bringing friends and leading retreats to share the beauty of the region and Graziella’s delicious food and hospitality.
I asked Graziella for recipes and in our discussion, the seed was planted that she needed to write a cookbook. I wanted a cookbook for me and all our family and others who share my passion for the delicious tastes and love of Southern Italy that Graziella’s cooking provides.
Now my wish has come true!
Are you ready to celebrate with us?
Would you like to taste Graziella’s delicious recipes? Just in time for holiday gifts Graziella’s Table: 52 Simply Delicious Recipes Italian Recipes from the Amalfi Coast in English and Italian. Join me in supporting Graziella and celebrating the release of her book by purchasing for yourself and gifts for your family so we can help her reach 1 in New Releases.
I hope one day when it’s safe to travel you will join me in a woman’s retreat to visit Graziella, learn some cooking secrets with her and explore the hidden treasures of the Amalfi coast together.
I am so grateful to Graziella for sharing her family recipes and grateful I can share them with you too!