Piemonte - literally "foot of the mountain" - is in the far north-west of Italy and boasts some of the most productive agricultural land in Europe. The region's produce and its people are, quite simply, captivating. This is the story of friends and family, people and places, and of course, of food and drink. Manuela, and photographer Simon Griffiths, capture the heart and soul of this beautiful and culturally fascinating part of the world. Their journey taking in the hills, valleys and plains of Piemonte, as well as the elegant and stylish city of Turin.
First published October 2005.
Manuela Darling-Gansser has cooking in her blood. Her great-grandfather founded a restaurant in Lugano, Switzerland, more than 120 years ago and his son, her grandfather, made it famous. An inveterate traveller, Manuela's story begins in Under the Olive Tree: Italian Summer Food and Autumn in Piemonte: Food and Travels in Italy's Northwest, and continues in Winter in the Alps: Food by the Fireside. Her most recent publication is Top 10: Recipes for the Beginner Home Cook.