About Marie Rama
I grew up in a family of professional chefs and great home cooks. My grandparents were Italian immigrants who raised nine children on a twenty-five-acre farm in Yorktown Heights, New York. With help from other Italian laborers, they built a slaughtering house and raised beef, chickens, pigs, and lamb which they sold in their specialty grocery store, Briccetti’s Bedford Market in Bedford Hills, New York. Sundays and holidays at Grandma’s house were huge family gatherings with food from the farm that was deftly prepared with loving hands. Homemade green noodles with thick “red-lead” pasta sauce, roasted chickens that were organically raised before anybody knew what organic meant, jars of grape jam made each fall from Grandfather’s Concord vines, and our most treasured family recipe, the Pompepado, a dense Italian fruit and nut cake with chocolate and orange peel and very little flour that took three days to make. Each walnut and Brazil nut had to be hand-cracked. But that was part of the fun; it brought three generations together to sit around our large kitchen table, gossiping and laughing. When I hear people say, “Oh, I don’t cook,” I always feel sad for them.
Cooking not only connects me to my family but also to people I’ve never met. Every recipe I test makes me imagine the cook who will someday buy my book. This person might be someone who doesn’t have much experience in the kitchen and is a little fearful about cooking, so I try to give detailed instructions that guide him or her carefully through the cooking process.
In addition to Bacon Nation, I am also the co-author of Cooking Basics for Dummies and Grilling for Dummies …
I’m obviously passionate about bacon. But I’m also a passionate advocate for education and a volunteer and board member for Yonkers Partners in Education, a non-profit foundation that strives to better prepare inner city, underserved public school children for post-secondary academic and career success. If like me you are interested in educational causes, please visit our website: www.ypie.org, or send me a note telling me about your own efforts.
I hope to hear from you!