Ciao a tutti! My name is Cinzia, anthropologist by training, educator and nonprofit leader by mission. I grew up playing freely in the countryside in the South of Italy, in the ancient small town of Montesarchio. If I close my eyes I can still see my friends and I running and hiding in the fields of fresh beans, climbing up the fig and cherry trees, playing with chickens, and making our elders angry for the mess we were leaving behind us. I remember the games and the pretend cooking with soil, flowers and leaves, fresh eggs to drink raw directly from the shell (well, I never liked those really), and our afternoon snack, “la merenda”. This was a little precious ritual to enjoy in the playground, in the fields, or watching our favorite cartoons, it would be bread and honey, bread and oil, or bread and cherry tomatoes… I can still taste the sweetness of it all.

I studied a lot since then to be an anthropologist. I traveled the world, mostly Africa and Middle East, before moving to San Francisco in 2008, to pursue a career in digital anthropology and to be with Michael, the man of my life. The beginnings were pretty tough, figuring out a new job, new friends, new interests. I spent a lot of time by myself trying to learn and make the most of my new life in California. This is when Bread & Cherries was born.

I started cooking at home for me and Michael mixing my Italian home cooking traditions and the produce from the rich markets of San Francisco, trying to bring back the simple flavors of my childhood and share them with him. And with our son, when he was born in in 2011. I got a bit busier then, cooked more, but blogged less…

Bread&Cherries has been one of my best friends in my hard new beginnings, and it is still my little happy nook, now that I am settled and have found my balance and my happiness so far from my original home. Simple and fresh ingredients, Italian tradition, homemade recipes, and a bit of travel are the major elements of this blog.

Best to all, enjoy and thank you for reading!


3 Comments Add yours

  1. Frank says:

    Hello, Cinzia! Love your site! Cheers, Frank (from Memorie di Angelina).

  2. Kathy Gori says:

    what a wonderful site! Love reading about you and your friends in Italy I’m also Italian though born in San Francisco, welcome to California and Foodbuzz!

  3. Lisa Russo-Gooley says:

    Cinzia – this may be an odd post, but my family originates from Montesarchio as well. Via Conte to be exact. That is the street where my grandfather Carminantonio Russo was was living when he was born. I will be travelling to Montesarchio for the first time next year after years of digging up the Russo family roots. I still have much to learn about my family and I am hopeful to find extended family born from those that stayed behind when my grandfather left Montesarchio in 1913. I am so excited to go and would appreciate any first-hand suggestions on how to get the true taste of the town. And … if you know any Russo’s that would want to trade genealogy notes…that would help too! 😉 Hope to hear from you soon.

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