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Writing about One’s Heritage and Food Experiences to Benefit Others

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The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette recently published a story about Joe Lagnese, who at age 82 wrote his first book, “Cookin: Recollections and Recipes of Joe Lagnese.” His work, a memoir/cookbook, features the food Joe grew up eating including polenta, pasta, frittatas, roasted meats and leafy greens, as well as memories of his food experiences throughout his childhood.

The inspiration for his book came about when his daughter-in-law, Muriel, who had loved his Italian cooking, passed away from adult onset cystic fibrosis.  In her honor, the Lagnese family started a memorial fund, Muriel’s Breath of Life (http://www.murielsbreathoflife.org), which raises money for other victims of this disease and proceeds from the book go to that fund.

Read more in the Pittsburg Post-Gazette- http://www.post-gazette.com/pg/11325/1190905-34-0.stm.