Whenever I find myself in casual conversation with Italian Americans, I can’t say enough about this AMAZING book!
Laura Schenone’s Lost Ravioli Recipes of Hoboken: A Search for Food and Family is a touching and poignant memoir of the author’s search for authentic Italian family recipes–a journey that becomes more than a recipe hunt, as the author comes to know much more about her family, her ancestors, and her self as a result of this culinary quest.
Here’s a video where you can watch the author making her famous ravioli:
I recommend this book to everyone I know–regardless of heritage–for the way it so beautifull illustrates the way a personal memoir should be: open and honest, entertaining, and worth the time any reader would dedicate to its pages. With this book, I was delighted to find all of those things and more, as I learned not only the fascinating tricks and techniques to authentic homemade ravioli cooking (you’ll never eat out again!), but also the way a family’s triumphs and tragedies are more easily understood when applying a historical perspective, the perspective that says, “Hey, your ancestors had it rough, too, so you’re not alone. Now stop whining and enjoy life! Live, love, laugh, and make fresh ravioli!”
Okay, so it’s really not that simple, but I’m sure you get my gist: that history makes the present more palatable for those of us who struggle to understand our immediate and extended families and their respective “issues.”
Can you believe I got all of that from a book about ravioli? Oh yeah–read it yourself, and see what YOU find, too! 🙂