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When The Tomatoes Are Ready

Sally Tabart
19th October, 2018

Beat’s weekly food columnist Georgia Spanos explores her Italian heritage through this sentimental book of recipes and family history.

Melbourne is defined by the influence of immigrants resettling in Australia. Bringing with them the flavours of cultures we’ve come to embrace as our own, these stories form an essential part of our country’s identity.

Georgia Spanos first started recording her family’s memories in a journal a few years ago. After losing her Nonno, and with him a sentimental family recipe, she was determined to immortalise the stories that define her Italian-Australian history, afraid the traditions would fade away with her grandparents. ‘Food is our tradition; it’s what binds us’, explains Georgia, ‘The kitchen is the place where we come together to cook and swap recipes, to share our joys and our disappointments’. During their many sessions in the kitchen, Georgia’s Nonna shared with her the recipes and stories that shaped their identity.

When The Tomatoes Are Ready is a story of migration and food. Part cookbook and part family history record, the book traces the narrative of Georgia’s grandparents’ lives, from childhood in Italy to when they first arrived to a strange, new culture in Australia. The tale is punctuated by 27 important family recipes expertly woven into the tale, illustrated by Melbourne-based designer James Fox Rogers. This is your chance to cook like an Italian Nonna!

When The Tomatoes Are Ready is available to purchase online, at selected stockists, and will be at the Ladies of Leisure zine stand at Melissa Grisancich’s SPRINGTIME exhibition!    

Sally Tabart
19th October, 2018

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