Carluccia's meal starts in the fields, where she harvests beans and in her orchard where she gathers olives and forages for wild greens. As we follow her around her farm, we're accompanied by the steady stream of her voice and the sounds of splashing water, a crackling fire, the whomp! of pasta being hand-rolled on the farm table.
When I watch this, I find myself wanting to know the things that Carluccia knows. I want to know which wild greens to pick or how to keep a small cooking fire going. I was also impressed with the amount of labor that goes into Carluccia's meal and reminded that in these circumstances, getting food on the table is a full-time, dedicated endeavor.
The film clip is almost 1/2 hour long, perfect for lunchtime viewing. Although if your meal today happens to be a ramen cup or a fast-food sub, you may find yourself feeling rather bereft compared with Carluccia's simple but soulful offerings!
• This short film by Jessica Theroux has been released in conjunction with her new book Cooking with Italian Grandmothers which we will be reviewing later in the week.
(Image: Jessica Theroux)