Crazy in the Kitchen

Could not find a sfingi (Italian cream puff) – so had to settle for malasadas.  Today is St. Joseph’s Day – an Italian excuse to eat sweets during Lent.

For a list of books by and about Italians, including the St. Joseph Day fest,  go to

Not on this list is Louise deSalvo’s not so typically Italian American memoir, Crazy in the Kitchen. The book serves up an emotional look at her immigrant family, while she is trying to understand her own connections to food and cooking.

This is not Julia Child’s lovely musings.  DeSalvo also wrote a biography of Virginia Woolf (she is a Woolf scholar), so count on angst and courage in her Crazy story, but it will give you a different perspective on Italian cooking and probably make you hungry for Italian food.