My Calabria by Rosetta Costantino

My Calabria on Amazon

My Calabria on Amazon

Rosetta Costantino was born in Calabria and moved to America with her family at age 14. Although they left behind much of what was familiar to them, the Costantino family never lost their culinary traditions — and now Rosetta shares them with us in My Calabria: Rustic Family Cooking from Italy’s Undiscovered South.

When paging through My Calabria, you feel like an honorary member of the family at the table as you learn about how Rosetta’s father recreated their Calabrian garden in Oakland, California; how various members of the family make the same dish; and also the 11 ingredients every Calabrian pantry should have on hand.

Rosetta also shares information about the historical and cultural influences on Calabrian cuisine and lifestyle, so aside from being a wonderful collection of recipes (150) that includes appetizers through dessert, My Calabria is simply a wonderful resource book on the region — you’re getting so much more than a cookbook here.

The recipes themselves are authentic as they come and easy to follow — one of the best things about Calabrian cooking is that it’s user-friendly as it uses so few ingredients — and the book is just gorgeous. There are plenty of full-page and other sized color photos throughout, not only of recipes but also of various sights from around Calabria.

From a personal standpoint as someone who has been making Calabrian food ever since I could cook — first from my grandmother’s recipes and now also from P’s mom’s — I give this book five very full espresso cups out of five. Rosetta is a wonderful tour guide through this region’s food, history, and culture, and I highly recommend My Calabria for anyone who is interested in Calabria, southern Italy, or southern Italian cuisine.


You can find out more about Rosetta, her book, and her culinary tours at Cooking with Rosetta and her blog, Calabria from Scratch. You can also listen to Rosetta’s interview in the Eye on Italy podcast, which I co-host.


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  1. Wow, now that’s some review with 5 very full espresso cups! :-) Please add me to your list for the giveaway. Grazie mille!

  2. PS: Just popped over and I now “Like” My Calabria on Facebook and I’m following Rosetta on Twitter. Thanks for sharing the different ways to connect with her online. :-)

  3. renee

    I would love to win a copy! I have “liked” on Facebook too!

  4. Debbie

    Would love a copy of this book. My grandparents also are from Calabria.

  5. Marla Spriggs

    I would love to have a copy of Rosetta Costantino’s, “My Calabria” cookbook. I follow her blog and enjoy the recipes she posts. Thanks so much!

  6. Wonderful review! I would love to add this cookbook to my collection!

  7. Kaleigh

    I would love to win this cookbook. I also “liked” it on facebook.

  8. 11.09.2010

    I hope I win, my mouth is watering already!

  9. Sue

    I have a huge cookbook collection and would love to add to it

  10. Mindy Smith

    I “like” My Calabria and would be honored and thrilled down to my fire roasted peppers to win a copy of the book. thank you for the chance!

  11. Angela Napolitano

    Sounds like a wonderful book. Lovely cover photo. Would enjoy owning it!

  12. Chrissy

    I would love to win this cookbook. Part of my Italian family is from Calabria and I would really enjoy learning authentic recipes from that area in Italy! Thanks!

  13. Chrissy

    I “like” My Calabria on Facebook :-)

  14. Chrissy

    I follow @RosettaCalabria (chrissycam)

  15. 11.09.2010

    I just listened to the interview with Rosetta on your podcast. Great show by the way! I’d love to have this cookbook. : )

  16. 11.09.2010

    It sounds wonderful. If the cover is anything to go by, then the recipes should be a delight.

  17. Joan

    This sounds like a wonderful cookbook that I could enjoy reading and cooking from.
    joosbornenc at yahoo dot com

  18. Joan

    I like My Calabria on Facebook
    joosbornenc at yahoo dot com

  19. Joan

    I follow Calabria on twitter as @southerncooker
    joosbornenc at yahoo dot com

  20. KellyM

    I would love such a beautiful book! Calabria sounds like an amazing place.

  21. KellyM

    I “like” My Calabria on Facebook too!

  22. Leslie Vincent

    Love the Eye On Italy podcasts!! I listen to them as I jog. When I laugh out loud at the funny comments, people give me funny looks, but I don’t care. You gals are the greatest!!!!
    I would love a copy of Rosetta’s cookbook so as to practice more Italian cooking for family and friends.

  23. 11.11.2010

    Sounds like a great book I could use to cook my dad his favorites from Calabria!

  24. I was sitting in Barnes and Noble tonight (11/10/10) in Charleston, SC sipping my latte and reading magazines, when I came across a small blurb about this cookbook. My first thought was, “I wonder if Michelle knows about this?”

    So I got on the computer as soon as I got back to the truck and did a Google search for the book – when I found your post! Why doesn’t it surprise me that you already know about it AND gave it five espresso cups??

    OK, so this is my comment – please enter me in the contest. I’d love to win this one! (Oh, and I “liked” it on Facebook too!)

  25. 11.11.2010

    so glad i found you! we are planning a trip but not sure how far down the “boot” to go, thanks for inspiring me to venture further down!!

    i would love to win that cookbook.

  26. Scicchi

    Definitely will be adding this to my collection(admittedly a very small collection :) )

    Thanks Michelle!

  27. Carolina

    Great review of this book! I’ve liked it on FB and sure hope to win a copy! Thanks!!!

  28. Oh I’d love to win a copy of her book.

  29. I am now following Rosetta on Twitter.

  30. I “liked” Calabria Cooking on FB as well.

  31. carol

    What a great giveaway!!!!! I went over to Facebook and “like” it. Oh gosh – wish me luck! And good luck to everyone.

  32. Heather Nishimura

    I’d love a copy, it sounds like a great book!

  33. Jere Brown

    I am excited about trying new Calabrian recipes using the book!

  34. 11.14.2010

    Che bello! It’d be the best present ever to have little bit of Italy in my kitchen again. Grazie, tesoro!

  35. Riccard Curtis

    Bella Mia,

    Voglio vincere sempre così molto, ho indossato come entrare più. … Certo lei potrebbe inviarmi appena uno libero.

    Seguo Rosetta Constantino ora.

    L’amore e la Luce,

    il riccardo alias ezduzit777 sul cinguettio


  36. Jennifer P

    Please enter me also i would love to have this in my kitchen and learn some more beautiful traditional recipes….going to like on facebook too……
    Grazie ….

  37. Lorene Lavora

    Love your site. Got my daughter hooked on Goatberries. (She loves goats!) Liked Eye on Italy on FB – got the dreaded whale on Twitter! I do love these blogs. So many inspiring ideas. Keep it up and thanks!

  38. Nonna

    would love to add this to my collection

  39. Sue

    I have a Like on my facebook for my calabria-grazie

  40. 11.14.2010

    I need this book in my life!! Will like on FB as well :-)

  41. 11.15.2010

    do sign me up for this please.

  42. Cristina

    Don’t know if i’m too late, but ‘meglio tardi che mai!’ Cristina

  43. Lisa Cirullo

    My parents are from Calabria. My Mother passed away in 2000 and I wish I had her recipies. I would love a copy to try out and see how close they are to her cooking.

    Hi Lisa, the contest is now closed to entries, but you can still enter to win another copy at the Eye on Italy podcast until November 22. Good luck!

  44. TZel

    Wow! Thank you for this great giveaway!

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