Remembering a beloved grandmother in the kitchen

Sep 10, 2021 93


Rob Chirico of Greenfield is the quintessential Renaissance man. He writes. He paints. He gardens. He cooks. He teaches. I have reviewed several of his books for this paper. My favorite is probably his 2016 cookbook “Not My Mother’s Kitchen: Rediscovering Italian-American Cooking Through Stories and Recipes.”

The book shares Italian-American recipes he learned to prepare not because of but despite his mother’s culinary skills. He calls his mother an “assassin” when it comes to food. “I basically learned to cook as a defense,” he told me recently. “I had a sense that there was more, and I experimented.”

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