‘Most of the code is having tremendous age that I am not seeing since my training’, said the sympathetic Indian voice over the line. We were discussing updating our site, which I’d learn slowly over the course of the phone call, would be like repairing a old VHS player. And one that was first made …
‘Cultivate your relationships with those that produce and sell you your food. Few have more ability to directly affect your quality of life’. To meet these people, book a course in our Lecce school. Next week, whom you’ll meet at the castle. To our calendar To our YouTube channel Or just say hello by hitting …
our 15th anniversary Quindici! The paint was still wet on two walls. We forgot about a minor holiday and our market was closed. We prayed that no one asked anything too specific about wine. It was 2003 and our school had just opened. And we knew so little, so little in fact that it would …
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, …

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 …
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 …
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 To our calendar To our site To …
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. 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 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? …
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 …