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Gabriele Corcos’ Italian Take on Soul Food

Here in the United States the definition of soul food is pretty straightforward: It indicates traditional Southern food that is representative of the African-American heritage and legacy. It is in every sense the result of the African diaspora and the necessity that displaced communities, during the dark ages of slavery, had to maintain their historical identity, using food as a medium.

It is not as easy, when referring to Italy, to define a similar way of cooking, mostly because of the peninsula’s much longer history. Italy always has been a point of access to Europe for many civilizations that lived on the Mediterranean Sea; it has been colonized and/or dominated through the centuries by foreigners such as Greeks, Byzantines, Spaniards, French and many North African populations, and those have made their way into our Southern regions since history can remember. Because of the access that the Italian peninsula offers to central Europe, in the past few decades our land has also become a real highway for many people migrating away from countries like Morocco, the Balkan regions and the Middle East, to more promising economies such as France and Germany.

As a result, many recipes and ingredients in the south of Italy carry memories of ancient times and modern migrations as well: Middle Eastern flatbreads, Moroccan couscous and Turkish capers are the first examples that come to mind as you explore the culinary offerings of Sicily and other southern regions.

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A Season Finale of Love, Happiness and Food!

Extra Virgin wedding kiss

The big day is here! Debi and Gabriele renew their wedding vows in the small Tuscan town of Fiesole, Italy, with family and closest friends on Wednesday’s season finale of Extra Virgin.

But there’s so much to do before the big event…

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After Ten Years, Love Is Still Sweet

Debi and Gabriele where they first met

Gabriele and I sneak away to share a tiramisu in the Italian piazza where we first met.

Please don’t hate me for having the most romantic husband in the world. Yeah, listen up guys! The way to a woman’s heart is through her stomach. And Gabriele gets to it every time.

I can’t tell you how deliriously happy a gal can get, returning to the place where she met her true love, ten years later.

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