Anna Maggio is the author of the cookbook "Under the Olive Tree: Memories and Flavours of Puglia." (Gourmand World Book award Winner 2020!) Anna is an Italian-born and bred woman who has lived in London since her early twenties, but has been a proud proponent of Puglia, the southern Italian region when she spent her childhood.
In this episode, I talk with Anna about some of the ingredients and recipes in her cookbook -- all of which are very simple and accessible -- and we talk about the concept of "cucina povera." We delve into a bit of the history of the Puglia region, the differences between southern Italy and northern Italy, and her personal experiences in both places...
"It set me up to fight for survival," says Anna about moving from southern Italy to the big northern Italian city of Milan, where she was "treated like an immigrant." We also talk about her move to London, her career in the arts, and how she began her food tours and writing this book, a beautiful love letter to her childhood home.
Her book helped me discover more about the region of Puglia, which I'm now calling home! She made me appreciate this area in new ways, and added new staple recipes to my kitchen rolodex.
Anna has just joined Instagram! Let's welcome her: @annamaggio858
Under the Olive Tree: https://www.amazon.com/Under-Olive-Tree-Memories-Flavours/dp/1913491080
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