When I was younger I never thought that I would become a teacher.  Why?  Probably because my mother was a teacher and I think that as children we either want to follow in our parents footsteps or do something completely different.  So who would have thought…here I am, a 26 year old American living Italy and what am I doing?  Teaching English of course.  But it wasn’t teaching that first brought me to Italy.  My love affair with Italy goes back ten years when I first came as a high school exchange student looking to learn and discover the language and culture of my great-grandparents.  This experience changed my life and it opened my eyes (and taste buds) to another culture and lifestyle. So I went back to America with a new outlook, finished up high school and graduated from college only to quickly return to Europe to catch up with friends and family.  The original plan was to travel for three months before heading back home, but three months turned into a ten month stay in the Italian Alps where I snowboarded, worked as a nanny and fell in love again with the Bel Paese.  From the mountains I moved to the city of Turin in search of a job and a way to stay legally in the country, and this is how I started teaching English.  It was never what I thought I was going to be doing when I was younger, but I have been pleasantly surprised by the satisfaction if gives me.  Now, five years later, I am still teaching but have branched out to pursue another one of my passions born here in Italy: gastronomy.  They say that the way to a man’s heart is through his stomach.  If that’s the case then I should have been born a man.  Food has become such an important factor in my life especially since I’ve been living in Italy.  Italy has such a unique food culture and the way that Italians interact with food and appreciate food has continuously fascinated me.  It’d intrigued me so much that I decided to get my Masters in Italian Gastronomy in a small Italian town called Bra.  I know, you are probably thinking, what does a Masters in Gastronomy mean?  Well, I’m not a professional chef, even though I try to be in my kitchen, but I’ve studied food from the farm to the fork and everything in between.  I’ve investigated the history of food and the role that it’s played in helping to shape/separate a country, researched the anthropological and sociological networks created by food places, studied food technology and food quality and safety, examined how deeply food is embedded within politics, learned the chemical compounds of the foods we eat and how they effect our bodies, studied nutrition, explored the relationships created between humans, territories and local plants, learned how to make and professionally taste cheese, wine, prosciutto, salami, chocolate, coffee, and olive oil, and pushed my stomach and taste buds to their physical limits.  So I guess this is what it means to be a Gastronome and this is why I’m starting Edible English.  I want to give the insiders scoop of what it’s like being an American abroad, teaching English and living the food experience in Italy while finding my way and discovering myself one bite at a time.


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