Why Eat Like Nonna?

Michael Pollan, in his book ‘Food Rules: An Eater’s Manual’ wrote:

 Don’t eat anything your great-grandmother wouldn’t recognise as food

And he went on:
“Imagine your great-grandmother (or your grandmother, depending on your age) at your side as you roll down the aisles of the supermarket. You’re standing together in front of the dairy case. She picks up a package of Go-GURT Portable Yogurt tubes–and hasn’t a clue what this plastic cylinder of coloured and flavoured gel could possibly be. Is it a food or is it toothpaste? There are now thousands of foodish products in the supermarket that our ancestors simply wouldn’t recognise as food.”

Now, I could argue that probably my granny (who lived all her life in a small town in Italy) wouldn’t recognise neither a sushi roll as edible. Actually, she once told me that the first time she saw a banana she was already married!!

But that’s not the point.

Eat like nonna means go back to the basic and consume more real beautiful fresh food. Cook more at home and buy less outside. Share the pleasure of a lovely prepared meal with your family and friends.


The main values about my nonna’s kitchen would be:

  • Cook and eat delicious whole low processed food. Simple recipes with few, real ingredients.
  • Pack your meals with seasonal vegetables of every kind (in an ideal world grown in your garden♣).
  • Plan ahead. My nonna favourite question was ‘what shall I prepare for dinner?’ Usually when we were eating lunch.. But she was right. If you think what to have in advance, you are less likely to go home after work starving without knowing what to cook.. and that’s when takeaway or convenient food come in handy..
  • Use leftover. Think about the planet before throwing away food. Get creative. Some of my nonna’s best recipes (and mine as well) are those invented using everything was in the fridge
  • Eat at the table. Everyone was welcome at my nonna’s table. Meaning, we didn’t eat on the sofa watching  TV. Mealtimes were moments to share and enjoy all together. Everyday.

Is the philosophy of authentic and natural eating a way to find health, balance and happiness? Maybe. It is for me! Hope you will find here something useful and interesting that will help you to find your way too!



aboutme goodAbout me: My name is Valentina and I am a qualified Dietitian. Born in Italy,  I came in Sydney 4 years ago for holiday and I stayed for love. Love for a place that welcomed me and made me grow as a person and a professional. Love for all the amazing things that this city has to offer- parks, beaches, walks, weather.. Love for the multicultural society that I am part of. I now live in Redfern and I share my flat and my life with my cat Dexie and my boyfriend Darren. When I decided to do this blog, Darren was stressing me out on the importance of setting up goals. But I didn’t know what I wanted to achieve, my only aspiration was to talk about food and health and have fun. And then I realised, this is it. The aim of this blog is to share simple and clear nutrition information based on scientific evidence, food facts that I like and I think are important.. Thank you for stopping by. I hope you enjoy it! Please feel free to contact me for any comments, query or concern.

Ps. English is not my first language, so I apologise in advantage for every spelling and grammar mistakes.



♠As you probably imagine I adored my grandmother. This is my tribute to her, for all the things that she taught me and all the love that she gave me♠

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