How would you feel if your traditional family recipes were lost forever?
Most likely – awful! That’s why this book was written. Most people don’t realize that cooking is one of the first activities eliminated with dementia patients and the cause of much disturbance in a household when the patient has been the primary chef for many years. Family recipes are the heart of tradition, and if they are lost, family heritage is lost too.
In Recipes to Remember, part epicurean journey, part cookbook, the author writes about her traditional Italian upbringing and the choices she made for her life after witnessing the roles of the women in her family. As she searched for adventures to feed her soul, beyond the roles of wife, mother and cook, her advertising sales career took her around the globe where she experienced cultural diversity, world-class food and became an adventurous epicure. It wasn’t until her mother was diagnosed with dementia and the early stages of Alzheimer’s in 2006 and her father began courageously transitioning into the primary caretaker, that the author realized she’d never learned to cook the Italian food that her mother lovingly prepared for her family for over fifty years.
Following her epicurean journey, with a sense of urgency the author undertook the task of writing down her mother’s mouthwatering recipes before they were lost forever, including holiday specialties. Recipes to Remember is a heartwarming journey in which the author travels around the world to satisfy many of her yearnings, only to return home with a greater appreciation of her mother and gastronomic heritage.
Recipes to Remember includes:
- An epicurean journey through the US and Australia
- 100 mouthwatering homemade southern Italian recipes
- A traditional seven course Christmas Eve fish dinner
- Authentic Italian holiday desserts three generations old
- Resources and information on Alzheimer’s
- A portion of all proceeds will be donated to the Alzheimer’s Association
Did you know that 70% of all dementia cases are from Alzheimer’s?
With a rapidly aging baby boomer population, Alzheimer’s will continue to impact many more lives. Currently, 5.4 million Americans are living with Alzheimer’s and every 69 seconds someone develops it.
“Cooking and dining together is the heart of the family; when this begins to decline, it affects everyone. We need to end this horrific disease that is approaching epidemic proportions rapidly in America. We thank the author for her commitment to our cause.”
Director of Development South-East Florida Chapter