I finished my first ever book in Italian and I am so chuffed! It has taken me 6 months to get through it! I am not a natural linguist; the thing that’s kept me going is that it’s a brilliant ancestral food book. Passion helps so very much with persistence! . Here’s the book – its title would be translated literally as ‘The Cook and The Famine’. It’s written by a guy who lives very close by here in Tuscany and who has such a wealth of knowledge. It’s made me want to forage, to experiment, to cook more pulses and to eat lots more chestnuts! . I think they’ll be pics of me cooking some of the things from it coming up…maybe even adding my own twist to them too ;-) . My story today has more details if you want to hear excitable me :-)