Silvestro Salento

jewish cooking in italy
Jewish cooking in ItalyOur cooking school has always been in the former Jewish ghetto of Lecce, a fact that often troubles those on a first visit to Italy. (Those that know Italy well often point out our school’s location as in the ghetto, even before I say it). And it comes up a lot around the Southern Italy, […]Read more
jan's birthday week
Jan’s Birthday Week  Just when we think we understand who comes to our school and why (54 countries and counting, by the way), there is a new twist: a week-long destination birthday party. ‘I knew I wanted to do something big for my 60th, and Italy always tops my list’, says Jan from Colorado. ‘I decided, put […]Read more
2018 calendar
2018 Calendar – New CoursesYesterday we posted our 2018 calendar and even while I was hitting the ‘pubblica’ (‘publish’) button, I couldn’t help but feel that we are at the end of an era, the beginning of another. And not just that everything was about to change, but that it already had. ‘Aged and compromised beyond suitable repair’, was […]Read more
italian art
Italian Art and Italian FoodWe all know that climate and agriculture influence local cooking in Italy but does art as well? I try to answer this in under three minutes, using our most famous local artist in Lecce, Eugenio Maccagnani. Tell us what you think? New film: Art and Cooking in Puglia To our calendar To our site To […]Read more
Can architecture affect cuisine
Can architecture affect cuisine? La pagghiara and la cicoriaCan architecture affect cuisine ?  It did here. And cuisine affected architecture in turn. And I’ll prove it in just under 4 minutes. Our 4th film in the series. Our new site goes active later this month. And our first book comes out as well. We’d love to hear from you if have any suggestions for […]Read more
the wine and architecture of puglia
The Wine and Architecture of PugliaThe Wine and Architecture of Puglia – short film n. 3 Most of us would argue that the definition of a great wine is when it comes from a specific place, and that it couldn’t from anyplace else. But is that true of culture, or just the land? And what about architecture? And building materials? […]Read more
cooking in italy salento map
Cooking in Italy: where Puglia endsCooking in Italy: where Puglia ends When we say here that we love Puglia, it isn’t bragging, if only because no one here considers where we live as Puglia. Puglia is a place you visit if you live here in the Salento. Both are great, but very, very different.  How, exactly? Here is a short […]Read more
pictures of lecce
Pretty pictures from LeccePretty pictures from Lecce (and they are not even ours). A nice little escape to Italy,  courtesy of a great photographer in Canada. To see our daily pictures on Facebook Or just respond to this email if you have any questions!  Read more
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