Anna Francese Gass is a writer and author of the book Heirloom Kitchen.
This week, we’re excited to welcome **ANNA FRANCESE GASS **to Salt + Spine, the podcast on stories on cookbooks.Anna is the author of Heirloom Kitchen: Heritage Recipes and Family Stories from the Tables of Immigrant Women.Anna was born in Italy and grew up in the United States. After going to culinary school and working for major food companies, she realized she didn’t know how to make her mother's meatballs—a recipe that wasn’t written down, but held in her mothers’ memory. And that launched a multi-year project, chronicling the stories and recipes of immigrant women.In today’s episode, we’re talking with Anna about the process of joining 45 women in their kitchens to learn their recipes and family stories, about what led her to food and food media in the first place, and why she believes America is less of a melting pot and more of a stained glass.Also in today’s show:We’re stopping by OMNIVORE BOOKS in San Francisco to chat with CELIA SACK.Bonus Salt + Spine Features:Recipe: Gina's AranciniRecipe: Tina's Chinese New Year DumplingsBuy the Book: Amazon and Barnes & Noble  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
How do you save family recipes when your grandmother never writes them down? Anna Francese Gass tackles this culinary conundrum in her new cookbook, Heirloom Kitchen: Heritage Recipes and Family Stories from the Tables of Immigrant Women. Anna spent time cooking with matriarchs who immigrated to America and learned the secrets behind their greatest hits. The cookbook is based on Anna’s blog, which she launched after years of testing recipes for the likes of Martha Stewart and Food52. We talk everything from her mother’s meatballs (the best we’ve ever had) to getting stranded on a desert island with Oprah. Also, find out who Nikki Pensabene of byPensa in New York City thinks is the Bombe! Thanks to Handsome Brook Farm Pasture Raised Organic Eggs for sponsoring this season of Radio Cherry Bombe!
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1 hour, 10 minutes
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