the small Italian
is at home in both
When Di Cecco arrived in Durban she started to expand and over time refine her music career as well as her passion for food.
13 years since then and she’s now launched her first cookbook Cucina, in
The musician and cook unveiled her labour of love at a launch at the Italian Club in Durban North.
Speaking about her journey, Di Cecco says she has fond childhood memories of being in the kitchen and watching her parents and grandmother cooking.
Later; in her
teenage years, she moved to north
discovered the world through music. Working with musicians, orchestras and
Cucina in South Africa includes 70 mouth-watering recipes suited to all kinds of diets- vegetarian and vegan- and dishes from her home province, Abruzzo. The book also provides readers with menu ideas for winter and summer. Each recipe contains nutritional information and all ingredients have been carefully selected. Although Di Cecco is fiercely proud of her Italian roots, she has combined her love to create recipes with a South African-Italian flair.
Asked about her favourite in the book, she quips that since she’s been forced to choose, she would single out the baked fennel, langoustine, pork braised in milk and the cannoli Siciliani.