Hello, my name is Rosemarie and welcome to my blog. I’m originally from Sydney, Australia but I’ve called the baroque city of Turin home for almost eleven years years now. I live in this beautiful but relatively undiscovered northwestern corner of Italy with my husband and daughter, often referred to as Turin Papà (TP) and Turin Toddler (TT) here.
I had always dreamed of making my way to Europe after completing a degree in languages and linguistics. My first stop was France, then the UK and finally, the land of my ancestry, Italy. A passion for food quickly developed as shopping at local food markets, experimenting in the kitchen and buying way too many cookbooks became routine. While on maternity leave from teaching almost four years ago, I started this food blog, to give voice to my passion for cooking, travel and food history.
My sources of recipe inspiration are myriad: my own family (I’m of mixed Calabrese-Sicilian heritage); my husband’s family (originally from the Monferrato region of Piedmont); my ridiculously large food history and cookbook collection; my local macellaio di fiducia (‘trusted butcher’) and the contadini (‘farmers’) at my neighbourhood market who just love dispensing cooking advice; attendance at a professional cooking course run by Italy’s oldest chef’s association. Recently, a new source of creative stimulus has entered my life – a newly-renovated country house and vegetable garden in the verdant, vine-covered hills between Turin and Asti.
About my work
I’m a wearer of many hats, with a varied list of skills and interests.
I have over a decade of English language teaching experience to all ages. In collaboration with the social eating network, Bonappetour, I offer Market-to-Table and Pasta-Making cooking classes from my home in Turin. I also work with local Italian-English bilingual preschool, Scuola il Cucciolo, to provide hands-on cooking experiences designed for young children. Keep an eye on my Events page for upcoming open days and workshops.
In addition to creating the content (recipes, photography and text) for this blog, I write about Italian food traditions and travel for other publications. See my Press page for more details.
If you’re looking for a list of my favourite eats/drinks/things to do in Turin, you’ll find one here and here. If you’d like more information about the cooking experiences I offer from my home in Turin, visit my Bonappetour hosting page. If you’re wondering what local specialties you should try while visiting the city and the surrounding region of Piedmont, here are a few personal favourites: grissini stirati, zucchine in carpione, bagna cauda, and amaretti morbidi.
Stay in touch
Due to my demanding roles as a mother and a teacher, I try as much as possible to dedicate any left over time I have to research, writing, photography and recipe testing for this site. Unless you’re booking for one of my cooking classes or events, I can’t guarantee that I’ll always get back to your email in a timely manner. By all means though, feel free to say hello and contact me on firstname.lastname@example.org or by filling in this form here with your ideas, suggestions and queries.