Covid19 Inspires New Book About 2nd World War Northern Italian Cuisine
By: Black Ram Media Group Inc
Daniela Siggia owner of The Neighbourhood Homestead, an urban dwelling she has been developing from where she shares lifestyle, gardening and cooking tips.
In January of 2020 the pair enjoyed their first bucket list trip together. What was supposed to be a fun impulse vacay turned into an inspiring creative journey where the two wrote a book about the family's multiple experiences with cancer. The trip culminated in the publishing of In Loving Denial: Stop Saying I Beat Cancer available on Kindle: https://www.amazon.ca/
The book is a guide for loved ones when a family member gets a dreaded cancer diagnosis.
'It was an important book that needed to be written but all that cancer talk took an emotional toll on us both." said Siggia.
They began to plan another trip almost immediately that would facilitate happier conversations. Those dreams died quickly when Covid 19 caused global travel suspensions.
"My mother is a social creature and I can feel her starting to feel cooped up. I needed to find something we could both dive into. I wanted us to talk about something other than plans ruined by Covid."
She came across her grandmother's hand written recipes of Second World War era Northern Italian cuisine that her mother had always dreamed of seeing published.
"Making a dream come true for my mother seemed like the perfect use of my time. I think if there's one opportunity we can all find through this crisis, is learning the importance and preciousness of family."
"Second world war era Northern Italian cuisine is simple, frugal but hearty-perfect for these times. It'll be great to eat Nonna's cooking again and this is a fun way for my mom to keep mentally active, despite being a senior cooped up in isolation. Its also a beautiful way to rekindle the memory of my Nonna. I'd like to think this project would make her happy. She showed her love with food...and there was always a lot of food."
Siggia credits her grandmother for the Neighbourhood Homestead brand. "We had a city lot in Toronto, and she grew almost all our produce. The majority of the meat we ate was hunted or traded from hobby homesteaders we knew. Italian immigrants were total urban homesteaders and didn't even know it. I want to bring that old wisdom back."
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