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Welcome to Cucina Fresca!



My name is Brooke, and I am a 30 year-old American doctoral student living in the beautiful city of San Diego, California. A love for travel and adventure has taken me to some amazing destinations all over the globe – from the rainy streets of my hometown in Seattle, Washington to the sun-kissed islands of Greece, from the souks of Muscat, Istanbul and Marrakesh to the Andean highlands of Peru, from the rolling green hills of Ireland and Scotland to the bustling market squares of Italy – and hundreds of places in between. Through these incredible journeys I have fallen in love with the magical and inspiring ways that people all over the world turn fresh, local and nutritious ingredients into the most innovative and delicious of dishes. It is with much joy that I bring some of these dishes to you.

I have no official culinary training, just a passion for food, entertaining and photography. My greatest source of guidance is my beloved grandmother, Bonnie Jean, who taught me at a very young age that food can awaken both the appetite and the soul. Although she passed away last June at 95 years of age, my grandmother’s enthusiasm lives on in many parts of my life, including my cooking.

Some of the recipes featured are very simple and straightforward, while others are more complicated or require special kitchen tools. All of them have been adapted in one way or another to suit my individual tastes, and I would encourage you to do the same if you fancy giving them a try…

All of the photographs are my own, and I strive as much as possible to represent in each image the composition of the recipe printed and the true nature of its ingredients. This is my first attempt at blogging, so in the first few months I’ll still be navigating through the process and tinkering around with the settings – please be patient with me!


5 Comments leave one →
  1. Skve and Marilee permalink
    26 February 2011 3:16 pm

    Wow, Brooke — what great recipes and good job on your first attempt at blogging! I like your stories about the dishes and how you’ve taken inspiration from your grandmother and mother. Keep the delicious recipes coming — I’m looking forward to trying some soon.

  2. Skve and Marilee permalink
    2 March 2011 1:50 pm

    Everytime I visit yoursite and read your new recipes, I start drooling uncontrollably! The recipes sound delicious — and are! — based on trying several of them. And the pictures are great — they make me want to set everything else aside and start cooking madly to reproduce the same beautiful dishes, tastes and aromas that your pictures conjure up in my mind! Wonderful blog! I hope others discover it soon!! They are really missing out on some taste treats!

  3. Julia permalink
    31 May 2011 4:59 pm

    This is an amazing blog Brooke – it is truly beautiful. I like the way you tell the stories and the pictures of the dishes are sooo artistic and elegant. Each of them is a piece of art. I am so happy that I clicked the link and found out about your blog. If I see it published into a book and is placed on a shelf in a bookstore with a ‘Bestseller’ label on it, I will not be surprised at all. I am definitely going to try some of these myself.

    • 1 June 2011 11:36 am

      Thank you SO much for your very kind comments Julia!! I’m so glad that you’ve found my blog and hope that you find it useful! Also glad to see that you will be back in Edinburgh soon – we must get together and catch up!!

  4. 4 October 2011 3:47 am

    Brooooke! :) I’ve nominated you for the Versatile Blogger Award :) Your recipes are versatile and more people should be cooking your creations! :) Congratulations, lady ;) haha! Check out my post to see what it’s about…

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