Anna Maggio

Under The Olive Tree

A beautiful, evocative and insightful view of Pugliese life, its seasons, traditions and food.

A collection of personal recipes have been handed down through three family generations.

Simple traditional Pugliese recipes as a vehicle for memory and identity.

Includes beautiful illustrations by Emma Hobbins as well as photos.

Many of the recipes in this book were never written down – they were demonstrated by mothers to their daughters. In the same way the reader, trying out the recipes, can use their own imaginations, but remembering that Italians have very specific ways of cooking, varying from region to region. Puglia is known for the quality of its olives, vegetables and fruit: the traditional recipes use these ingredients, cooked simply and deliciously. Each season is different and the recipes passed from generation to generation celebrate, rather than disguise, the intense flavours and colours of the raw ingredients. This is is not a simple cookery book; it is enhanced by beautiful illustrations in pencil and ink by Emma Hobbins.
About the Author Anna Maggio was born in a small village in Puglia, Southern Italy. Her early childhood memories are an essential part of her life, and the simple and traditional recipes inherited from her mother sparkle with love and flavour. When she was ten, her family migrated to Milan where she was educated. She moved to London in the 1970s, where she married a musician and had two children, who are both musicians. Anna shares her time between London and her trullo ‘Il Paradiso’ in Puglia, described by Rick Stein as ‘an amazingly atmospheric house set in an olive grove’

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