Lessons in Lasagna: Ingredient Counseling From A Mafia Daughter

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AuthorHouse, Oct 20, 2005 - Biography & Autobiography - 264 pages

Layering the good with the bad; the author, Luann Puglisi Kenmore has taken her chaotic life added her own ingredients creating rituals and recipes to simmer her experiences. Luann has held tight to the promise a meal and a well told story has healing properties as well as the ability to feed the soul. The daughter of a Mafia bad guy, she has connected those sometimes horrifying experiences; losing her father to an organization that once made him powerful, physical trials, a life filled with limousines, cars and fancy clothes, to a quiet life as a wife and mommy.  “Writing and cooking have been my scaffolding; savoring the ingredients I’ve been dealt, turning them into meals instead of hazardous waste has freed me of traumatic alternatives.”

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About the author (2005)

Having been asked some poignant questions about how she ended up a suburban stay-at-home mother and wife; retracing her history and her path: Luann P. Kenmore concluded her scaffolding has been a culmination of cooking and writing; one a life line, the other a life source. Through personal revelations of her father’s connection to the Mafia, his disappearance after 23 years with no closure; she has compiled painful, funny, even awful events in detailed vignettes; served with recipes she now relinquishes. Reconstructing some haunting realizations of a life she observed with outward sight; she now uses her memories returned to her through this journey of food and words to gain inward sight. Her hunger to be independent of emotional baggage she has intertwined two skills to keep her footing. A zesty, funny and emotional journey concluding the ends and beginnings of triumphant acceptance of unnatural circumstance and choices creates a venue for her menu. Life is never a singular journey, it is accompanied by those who stay forever and some who pass through like a breath;  enriched by these characters crowding her stage, even the ones there to hurt her directed her in some way, forward.

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