I look very serious here but really, I rarely am.

Welcome to Life Love Food, a journal of personal thoughts, photographs and recipes taken from my daily life.

I was born and raised Venetian from Venetian parents, grandparents and great-grandparents. Having grown up in a little village in the Venetian countryside, I have always been used to good, local, organic food without even questioning it – it was just everyday food: home-raised free-range chickens, their lovely eggs, seasonal vegetables and fruits from the garden, fish from the local market, and meat from a neighboor's farm.

Fast forward, skipping though adolescence drama and weird, ever-changing eating habits, I am at University, studying for my BA in foreign languages, and acknowledging an ever growing interest in food – an interest that was sociological, cultural, and human. Unable and unwilling to continue studying to become a translator, I chose to finish my BA as fast as I could, with a thesis in Sociology of Food, and to pursue a career in food studies.

The most important time for my personal understanding and love of food happened right after graduation, as I enrolled in a Masters in Food Culture and Communications at the University of Gastronomic Sciences in Pollenzo, a tiny village among the stunning Langhe hills of Piedmont. I learned more about food during those two years there than in a lifetime – about how it is grown, about its implications in everyday life, about how it creates bonds and meanings. Absorbing as much as I could, I then left with my own ideas and concepts about what good food is and why. I then started to feel that hitch – I wanted to start a conversation with people, share my recipes, thoughts, and experiences.

During those two years, I also met the person who would soon become my husband – an inspirting, talented man, someone with whom I share my passions (food, photography, traveling...), values, dreams, and enjoy the same type of lifestyle. Good food, exploration and creativity are the core of our life together. When we left the beautiful Langhe for London, these values helped us to move in the right direction, an to avoid feeling lost in this big move from the countryside to the metropolis. It hasn't been an easy transition. In London, food habits are different and sometimes foreign to us, the availability and quality of certain foods not always accessible. At the same time, London offers everything someone who is interested in food could ever dream of, and is one of the most vibrant and lively food scenes in the world. I am still trying to find a good balance, and this blog sometimes records my struggles adjusting to a different speed of life. It is also the place where I share memories that tie me solidly to my origins – memories of family cooking and convivial meals – or musings about favourite cookbooks and food writers.

When in the kitchen, I tend to trust my instinct and the memories and flavours of my homeland. I also like cooking following the seasons, being inspired by the fresh produce I can find at the market. I buy organic, local and seasonal as much as I can. I eat very little meat and only sustainable fish. My recipes are simple and wholesome, heavily inspired by my Italian roots. Some, especially sweets and breakfast recipes, are based on my inclination towards healthier options and ingredients. I never cook willingly gluten free or dairy free, vegan or vegetarian, but you'll see that many of my recipes are naturally plant-based. It's my natural way of earing everyday, and one in which I found health, pleasure and balance. Everything you find on this blog comes straight from my kitchen and passes in front of my lens before ending on my table. 

Feel free to get in touch if you have doubts, questions, recipe issues, or positive feedback. I would love to hear your thoughts. You can email me at valeria [dot] necchio [at] gmail [dot] com.


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