Mary Trigiani is a consultant and lecturer on issues driving authenticity in leadership. An expert message crafter -- for business leaders just-crowned to well-seasoned -- Mary's own message emerges in the new book she has written with her sister, bestselling novelist Adriana Trigiani. Cooking with My Sisters: One Hundred Years of Family Recipes, From Bari to Big Stone Gap, a memoir/cookbook, is a true story about the power of cooking to nourish and sustain the traditions of an Italian-American family aimed at leaving the world a better place. Mary shows how a visit back to unvarnished family experiences and values can help unearth one's authentic voice -- something Mary believes is essential not only to effective communicating but to compelling leadership as well. She lives in San Francisco.
Cooking with My Sisters
One Hundred Years of Family Recipes, From Bari to Big Stone Gap
by Adriana Trigiani, Mary Trigiani, Lucia Anna Trigiani, and Antonia Trigiani
Random House, 2005
For the Trigianis, cooking has always been a family affair–and the kitchen was the bustling center of their home, where folks gathered around the table for good food, good conversation, and the occasional eruption. Example: Being thrown out of the kitchen because one's Easter bread kneading technique isn't up to par. As sister Adriana says: "When the Trigianis reach out and touch someone, we do it with food." Like the recipes that have been handed down for generations from mother to daughter and grandmother to granddaughter, the family's celebrations are also anchored to the life and laughter around the table. We learn how Grandmom Yolanda Trigiani sometimes wrote her recipes in code, or worked from memory, guarding her recipes carefully. And we meet Grandma Lucia Bonicelli, who never raised her voice and believed that when people fight at the dinner table, the food turns to poison in the body.