Ciao Italia!

img_6829COLUMBIA, Missouri — The MU food writers are hitting the trail for Florence and Siena, Italy. I am excited to say that seven journalists–Chole Castelberry, Breckyn Crocker, Molly Curry, Christine Jackson, Elizabeth Johnson, Claire Lardizabal and Faith Vickery–are joining my class this summer.


We’ll give repeated and detailed attention to balsamic. To prosciutto. To pasta. Ditto, Parmesan. We will study intently the intricacies of panna cotta. It’s going to be a happy journey in food. One that will make you want to cook, or merely eat like a world citizen. Farm production, to food logistics and flavor. History, culture, and everything in between with evidence on the plate. I hope you’ll explore the region and our food stories as we launch this year’s series.

We arrived in Florence May 18 and began the blog series, Penne for Your Thoughts. Check out and follow our coverage at!

–Nina Furstenau, Instructor


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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