Mama Mia!

Italian food has been on my mind a lot because I am lucky enough to be leading a Rotary International Group Study Exchange to Puglia, Italy in May. Our first meeting needed to be focused on team building–what could be better than coming together over food? So, I stopped at Vivano’s Italian grocery on the Hill in St. Louis and found all kinds of great stuff–including wine from Puglia, lady fingers to make tiramisu and lovely marscapone cheese. Shopping for the food was almost as much fun as eating it later! The group was fantastic and had impressive knife skills! The food was delicious and I find I am so looking forward to the journey with these people. Great start! Tasty, too.

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About ninafurstenau

Nina Mukerjee Furstenau teaches a Food and Wine Writing for the University of Missouri Science and Agriculture Journalism program and the MU School of Journalism School. Her book, Biting Through the Skin: An Indian Kitchen in America's Heartland was the winner of the MFK Fisher Book Award and Grand Prize Award for culinary/culture writing and designated as a Kansas Notable Book. She has also written Savor Missouri: River Hill Country Food and Wine, celebrating Missouri foodways. Her essay, "And Then There Was Rum Cake," appears in the 2017 anthology, Pie & Whiskey: Writer's Under the Influence of Butter and Booze. Ms. Furstenau was in the Peace Corps in Tunisia from 1984 to 1986 and then began working life as a journalist and publisher/editor of three construction magazines beginning in 1987. Ms. Furstenau and her husband launched and published these magazines and two others until 2001. She was a month-long resident at the Vermont Studio Center in Johnson, Vermont, in 2008.
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