About this Blog

About this Blog

This blog begins as a diary to document/research Italian artichoke recipes , both traditional and more cutting edge. For the past 4 years I have lived in Italy taking photos, following the artichoke celebrations around Italy and, obviously, eating them at every opportunity. This blog will document recipes I find in all sorts of places, whether they be from restaurant menus, the kitchens of any of my relatives, old recipe books, new recipe books, online, chatting to old ladies as they buy a bunch of artichokes for their own dinner and recipes I have stumbled upon by playing around in the kitchen. Recipes and photos will also come from my pilgrimage to artichoke festivals all over Italy. (all photos on this blog are taken by myself unless otherwise credited)

I wanted to get a blog site up and active while I’m on the path to publishing a book on this. So If any of you are publishers and you think you can go with this, let me know.  A lot of people think that a book solely on artichokes may be too specific, too niche, but I say ‘humbug’ to the naysayers. You can take a look around any well stocked bookshop in Italy and never find anything dedicated to this vegetable. If you were looking for a book just dealing with fennel, with zucchini (courgette),with potato, or eggplant, you’d most likely find a book with about 25 to 40 recipes each. Why not the artichoke? I have over 100 recipes that are ready to be cooked this coming winter and spring. This site is where I will share them.

This blog will also build up to be a place where one can come to and find links to anything related to artichokes.  So in the future it will act as a departure point for all your queries about the artichoke. I am mostly interested in recipes from around Italy for this blog. The history of the artichoke or how it traveled from it’s origins to now be known as a Mediterranean vegetable doesn’t interest me enough want to paraphrase what other writers, more passionate about that, have already done. So for all the history and etymology or medicinal properties, I will be quoting and citing experts in those areas. There are many people out there just as passionate about artichokes as I am, so I will be directing visitors of this site to other bloggers who do the artichoke justice by skillfully preparing them or working with them in ways that should be admired by other food lovers. About me