Recipes, lessons, and inspirations from an adventurous Jewish girl who lived in Italy and returned to California to transform her community into a bunch of badass cooks. Born to parents who defrosted Lean Cuisine for dinner, Elana Horwich began cooking as a young child because the kitchen was the only place in the house her mother couldn't find her. In her 20's she had an epiphany which took her to Italy for 5 years. There, she worked in bars, fell in and out of love, ate her way through the peninsula, and garnered life experiences that she would one day write about. While devouring every aspect of the local culture, she learned to cook from an Italian mamma in a Tuscan villa.