|A book made in honor of Mary and her love for cooking|
documents her family's love
|this story begins with the inspirations of an Italian grandmother |
and her love for cooking - a celebration of 70 years of culinary creation is in the works
Although Deborah Bush loves to cook, she barely has time in between her travels around the world. With over 25 years experience in the fashion industry, Deborah has learned the ins and outs of the business at firms like Hermes, Bottega, YSL, J Mendel. She now holds the coveted position as merchandising executive at Strategic Hotels and Resorts where she conceptualizes and executes luxury and lifestyle retail projects for Four Seasons Punta Mita, Four Seasons Washington , DC, Loews Santa Monica Beach, and other hotel properties. This sounds like a dream job to me! In addition, Deborah pens a brand new blog called Fashion Is Love at http://www.fashion-is-love-nyc.blogspot.com/ - I am looking forward to following Deborah's musings, reflections and inspirations collected in the city, on the road, and certainly from her creative imagination….
So, what does an urban New York City gal do on her free time? One of her passions is food and cooking, and Deborah comes from a long line of culinary talents. She recently embarked upon a project to sift through the family archives and compile a book, a tribute really, for her family and specifically in honor of her grandmother and mother Mary. Deborah strives to show her family's passion for cooking, which has anchored the family through generations. This story illustrates how we often desire to reach back to our roots and hold on tightly to where we came from.
I interview Deborah about the story she is currently working on about her family. She generously shares her grandmother's panettone (an Italian Christmas bread) recipe for Nest's cooking topic in December.
my grandmother Marie was born in Naples, Italy in 1903. Her father was in wheat and grain business at one time supplying flour to troops in WWI. The family moved from Italy tot he US in 1917, first to Boston, then to Portland, Oregon, then to San Francisco in the early 1920's where my grandmother was educated at Berkley with the intent on later studying medicine. She met her husband Domenico Crisera in Boston and he followed her to San Francisco. He was from Reggio Calabria and served as Secretary to the Italian delegation at the Versailles Peace Conference in 1919 owing to his skill with French language. My grandmother began entertaining quite a bit and taught her talent to my mother Mary years later.
I still remember an early Italian phrase that became popular in our family --
"un sacco vuoto non sta in piedi" and the translation means an empty sack does not stand up. The little phrase has been handed down over the generations and stands the test of time. It shows the importance of cooking to sustain and nurture in our family.
Deborah offers up an excerpt taken from the Introduction to Mary Cooks! --
"Mary has held true in her lifetime thus farm, applying creativity and ingenuity to the task of feeding both family and friends alike. Be it pastry, pasta, pizza or polenta cake, casserole, cannelloni or cacciatore, we all know Mary's recipes rule. We salute our fearless foodie and the passion that drives her"
How did you capture your family's passion for cooking?
With the family's unique stories and by showing my mother and grandmother's relationship through their cooking together. My grandmother often added comments within her side notes along with her recipes, tips such as how to make the cakes tall using coffee tins and warning not to bake til overdone, ending with a cheery 'Good Luck'!