What began several years ago as a simple Christmas project to compile my mother's recipes as a gift for my family has blossomed into a 128 page fully-illustrated cookbook honoring family, food, and tradition.

Whether it was in the grocery store that our family successfully owned and managed for several years, or in the family kitchen where the food was prepared, the emphasis was on creating an inviting atmosphere with an ethnic flair. Both the store and the home became gathering spots for family and friends to enjoy good food and good comaraderie.

It was especially around the table that many fond memories were formed.

"A tavola non si invecchia."
(At the table one does not become old.)