Friday, June 29, 2012

A Loyal Fan

After reading four of Adriana Trigiani's novels I'm now her loyal fan.  And to think it all started with the Shoemaker's Wife :)

Don't Sing At The Table recounts the inspiring and fascinating story of the author's two Italian-American grandmothers, Lucy Spada and Viola Trigiani.  Adriani Trigiani grew up listening to their stories. Both of her immigrant grandmothers started work at an early age, had strong work ethics and became career women owning their own businesses. Their life lessons and wisdom were passed down to Trigiani making a strong impact on her life. 
With each new book I have read by Trigiani I can see how she has drawn inspiration from  her grandmothers' lives as well as from her own family. Their stories have helped shape her  writing. The life of Lucy Spada is the story for the Shoemaker's Wife. In the book Lucia, Lucia bits and pieces of her grandmother Viola Trigiani's life is evident. Trigiani's first novel is a 3 part series starting with the book Big Stone Gap. This novel is set in her hometown SW Virginia. In the book Cooking With My Sisters, Trigiani teams up with her family and sister Mary to write a book about family recipes.  
If you want to learn more about the author and discover some of her family's recipes this particular link is interesting
Lastly, I was intrigued by the fact the author really has a Minnesota connection to the Iron Range. It is the place where her grandmother Lucy spent her married life and raised a  family.  This was a significant part of the story in the Shoemaker's Wife.
Key Lime Mousse Cups
This light and airy dessert was so easy to make. It is a Taste of Home recipe. Perfect for summer entertaining.
Follow this link for directions. Two  suggestions:Use fresh juice from limes rather than using bottled juice and make up filling the day you are serving, refrigerate it and then fill cups right before serving.

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