Paula Butturini reads from <i>Keeping the Feast: One Couple’s Story of Love, Food, and Healing in Italy</i> (Riverhead, 2010)
Paula Butturini reads from Keeping the Feast: One Couple’s Story of Love, Food, and Healing in Italy (Riverhead, 2010)
Journalists Paula Butturini and John Tagliabue met in Italy in 1985 and four years later married in Rome. Less than a month after the wedding, John was shot and nearly killed by sniper fire while reporting for the New York Times on an uprising in Romania. He recovered from his physical wounds but sank into a deep depression. Paula was forced to reexamine her assumptions about healing and discovered that sometimes patience can be a vice, anger a virtue; that sometimes it is vital to make demands of the sick in order to help them get better. In her memoir Keeping the Feast, she rediscovers the importance of the daily sharing of food around the family table.