You may remember that last April, earthquakes in Italy devastated the town of L’Aquila. It was and still is certainly a sad event.
But often times in the wake of tragedy, comes hope, inspiration and something good.
Well, as it turns out, one of those “good” things arrived one year later on April 26, 2010. Cookbook author Maria Filice released her cookbook titled Breaking Bread in L’Aquila.
Her first cookbook is a collection of recipes that can be considered a love letter to both her late husband and his native L’Aquila and her own Southern Italian roots. You see, Maria’s husband lived in L’Aquila and she spent quite a bit of time there. After they moved, she would return year after year for vacations and fell head over heals for the history and culture. During this time she collected recipe after recipe.
After the earthquake hit, she knew she could make a difference and decided to put these simple and delicious recipes into a cookbook with gorgeous full-page color photos. The cookbook includes about 50 recipes, organized by sample menus and even suggestions for what to keep in your Italian pantry.
But the most amazing thing is, she is donating all of the net proceeds of the cookbook to earthquake relief for L’Aquila and the Abruzzo region.