Dear Olivia: An Italian Journey of Love and Courage

By Mary Contini


In this fascinating follow-up to the highly successful Dear Francesca, Mary Contini writes to her other daughter, Olivia, to tell the story of her great-grandparents, the humble Italian shepherds who emigrated to Edinburgh and then helped to transform Britain's food culture.

Year of Publication


An enchanting, delectable read. * * Sainsbury's Magazine * * Touching and inspiring ... But there is an added pleasure to reading Mary Contini, that comes from the importance of food in her life ... The book bursts with flavour. * * Financial Times * * Essentially the story of one man's journey, but also the story of cone community, two nations, and how they grew and flourished together. * * Scotsman * * Uplifts and inspires ... Contini has augmented the family legends with historical research and imagination. * * Sunday Times * *

Author Biography

MARY CONTINI is based in Edinburgh and first generation Italian Scot is a director of the famous delicatessen and wine merchant, Valvona & Crolla. She has written extensively for The Scotsman, appeared on TV and Radio and has co-presented Scotland's Larder on STV. Her Children's cookery Books, Easy Peasy, co-authored with Pru Irvine is now in it's 8th year.