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IAP 254: Food is Love with Special Guest Alessandra Aiello

• 57 min

Food is Love! The concept might just be one of the few things every Italian on earth can agree on. But, for this week’s guest, it's also a mission statement! Alessandra Aiello was born in Vico Equense near Napoli, and was minding her own business raising her three daughters, and focusing on her family when COVID quarantine inspired her to start filming herself as she cooked each day, as a way to pass on her family’s traditional recipes to her daughters so they, too, can carry on the generational delicacies that she learned from her mother and grandmother. And as her passion for recording grew with each delectable dish she prepares, she decided to start a cooking channel, “Alessandra’s Food Is Love”  so she could share her catalog, and creativity, with the world! Alessandra tells us about how her channel came to be, and what it has meant to her to be able to share recipes with the global worldwide Italian community. We talk about what authentic Italian cuisine truly means, and how preserving recipes via digital means, such as Alessandra’s site, helps Italian cuisine evolve as time progresses. We also talk about how food itself is deeply personal, and how recipes can vary from family to family, but that the love put into each ingredient always remains. And we talk about how we encounter American culture through Italian cuisine by personalizing it to our experience, and how new holidays—like Thanksgiving—are a blank slate for culinary creators. Join us as we share the love in this week’s episode!

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