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Jewish cooking in Italy

Our 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, not only the Jewish contribution to...

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 it out there to my friends and...

2018 Calendar – New Courses

Yesterday 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 what the nice man in India...

Italian Art and Italian Food

We 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 [embed]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TY3-TZ4YAdA[/embed] To our calendar To our site To our Youtube Channel...

Can architecture affect cuisine? La pagghiara and la cicoria

Can 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. [embed]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=srrcgsa-4dQ&t=3s[/embed] 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 the new site, or just to say...

The Wine and Architecture of Puglia

The 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? All of this is answered in less...

Cooking in Italy: where Puglia ends

Cooking 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 film about it, second in the...

Pretty pictures from Lecce

Pretty 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!  ...

New short film from Italy

The first of 24 short-subject films on the relationship between art, faith, architecture, art, climate, politics, language and the food and wine of Italy's Salentine peninsula. I've been wanting to do something like this for years. It turns out that I had to study filmmaking in order to able to, which is not an easy task, in an of itself. I'm likely...

Free Guide to How to Travel Puglia

Travel Tips and Tricks and What to Expect of the Food and Wine while in Puglia - Free guide to how to travel Puglia I mostly just listen. And mostly the comments aren't even aimed at me, but for the other students around the table. 'We just spent four days in x but I don't think we'd ever go back. A...