As part our Grazie series we’re taking a closer look at the most exciting artists, designers, chefs and creatives inspired by Italian style. Germana Busca is an Italian food writer and blogger who creates delicious recipes and captures beautiful photos of food ranging from mouth-watering desserts to gorgeous seasonal treats. We spoke to Germana about her favourite recipes, choosing different ingredients and the beauty of Italian cooking.
Hi Germana. Can you tell us about yourself and what you do?
I'm a musician and a music teacher but, since I was young, my passion is cooking.
When did you first get into cooking? What do you enjoy about it and what inspires you to continue?
I first got into cooking when I was ten years old, watching my grandfather cooking home-made pasta for my family. Now that I have my own family I want to recreate the same atmosphere I felt when I was young gathering all the family around the table for dining. Furthermore I'm inspire to continue in order to share my family’s traditions and my way of cooking with my followers.
You create and write about beautiful Italian food. What do you think makes Italian food and dining so special?
I think that what makes Italian food so special is the opportunity we have to find a wide range of different products in our own country, for example many fruits and vegetables which are really important for a healthy and balanced diet.
What are some of your favourite Italian recipes?
The Italian recipes I prefer are “peperonata” and “cappelletti romagnoli” but I also love cooking cakes and veggie pies.
Tell us about some of your favourite places in Italy.
I am fond of the regions where my parents were born: Emilia Romagna and Liguria. After my holiday in Campania I hold in my heart the landscape of Costiera Amalfitana but another city I will never stop appreciate is Firenze.
Who are your favourite chefs, artists and photographers?
I like many Italian chefs but I particularly appreciate the personality of Carlo Cracco. Talking about artists I need to distinguish between musicians and painters: among musicians I like Bach because I love playing his compositions, while among painters I find the way Monet represents nature amazing.
I love photography in general but since I deal with food I like food photography and I particularly admire the style of Corinna Gissemann and her book about this specific sector of photography.
What do you think sets Italian style apart from the rest of the world?
What I think sets Italian style apart from the rest of the world is the wide variety of landscapes, way of life and characters of Italian people that are reflected in everything they do; this is what I like the most of my country, the possibility for everyone to feel welcome and to find something to love about Italy and to keep in their hearts.