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Recommend Fave Fresche, Finocchi e Piselli Brasate al "Latte" - Fresh Fava Beans, Fennel, and Peas Braised in "Milk" (gluten free, vegan, ACD) (Email)

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Like my Italian? I don't get to use it very often.

This was amazing.  It was inspired by a recipe for Fave Fresche Brasate al Latte (Broad Beans Braised in Milk) in the River Cafe Cook Book Green, one of my favorite cookbooks. The River Cafe is a restaurant in London that serves country-style Italian food using local, seasonal ingredients of the highest quality, traditional, rustic cooking methods, and simple presentation.  It was started by two women, Rose Grey and Ruth Rogers, and their story is wonderful and inspiring.  Look it up on The River Cafe site.  They have a number of cookbooks, of which I am now the proud owner of two: The Cafe Cookbook and River Cafe Cookbook Green. I fell in love with these cookbooks while housesitting for a coworker periodically over the last couple years.  His wife is a food stylist and they are both total foodies, so naturally, they have an extensive cookbook collection.  Each time I'm there I study new cookbooks and read them like novels; last time I found a bunch of Donna Hay cookbooks that I had never seen before, and freaked out.  However, no matter how many new cookbooks I discovered each time I housesat,  I would always find myself inevitably retreating to the enticing River Cafe cookbooks.  

One day at work, I was overcome by a totally random and incredibly strong urge to order these books. I found used copies on Amazon for an amazing price - less than $10 each for hardcover books in excellent condition, imported right from England - and promptly purchased them.  Shortly after receiving my cookbooks, I found out that Rose had just passed away, finally succumbing to her brave battle with cancer.  I was heartbroken!  Upon researching this news further, I realized that the day I impulsively ordered these books online also happened to be the exact day that she died. Bizarre.

I think Rose was sending me a message.

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