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lente di ingrandemento: South Italy Survey
31 Oct

il Mezzogiorno: A survey of Southern Italy

It happens all the time, just lately it has been more pronounced, and particularly in the last five weeks of classes. By that I mean, those that are using one of our cooking courses as the springboard to the Italian south, even visiting distant relatives. And...

Matera European Capital of Culture in 2019
17 Oct

City of Matera, European Capital of Culture in 2019

Lately, it’s impossible to ignore, the sense that Southern Italy is not only about to have its moment, but that in many ways, it already is. Half of Lecce is under restoration: our prettiest church, the column that used to mark the end of the Appian...

9 Jul

Italian Cooking School Classes Calendar 2019

By now it’s something of a ritual, the glass jar containing the slurry of water and green tea leaves brewing in the sun of the school’s garden. It takes another day to actually chill that much volume, my tiny Italian refrigerator’s motor revving through the...

Cooking School in Italy: Preserving the Preservation of Puglia
3 Apr

Preserving (in) Puglia

I’ve never darned or mended anything in my life, with the exception of the odd button. I don’t see the value in changing my own motor oil. Anything beyond a spent light bulb at our Cooking School in Italy awaits Mauro our electrician. Even climbing...

Winter Reading Books
19 Jan

Italian Cookery Books: Winter Reading

'Soprapeso', said the counteragent, without even looking up from reading my ticket. 'Overweight'. My cheeks started to sting with embarrassment, as I had indeed packed it on while travelling over the holidays. And then I realised that she was referring to my four oversized bags,...

20 Nov

Coming Back

A check mark by the name means they have already been to the school once before, where as an underline means that they have been more than once, and there was a lot of blue ink on the page. We were boarding the private coach...