“French might be the language of love,
but Italian is the food of romance.”
Caterina Campanelli (from the historic romance Caterina)
While I was writing Caterina ( Book 2 in the Pendleton Petticoats Series), I found myself cooking more Italian food than normal. Captain Cavedweller thought it was pretty awesome, especially when I made Zeppole. I’m pretty sure he could have eaten the entire batch by himself if I hadn’t tackled him and stole a few!
Just kidding… mostly.
Anyway, Caterina is a talented cook who pours love into the food she creates. Good thing the hero in the story is a lonely, hungry bachelor who happens to think her cooking is the best thing he’s ever tasted. It had to be that whole a way to a man’s heart thing.
Throughout the book, readers get glimpses of the delicious things Caterina cooks including everything from gnocchi to zeppole.
Writing the story and developing the characters, to me it just seemed so natural to tie romance and Italian food together. I think, perhaps, that scene from Lady and the Tramp has been stuck in my mind since childhood days and never quite worked its way out. Whatever the reason, I personally think the two go together well.
Just for fun, I thought I’d see what your favorite Italian food is to either make or eat (or both!).
Please share your thoughts in the comments section below!
She Who Is Making Ravioli for Dinner (from scratch!)