Recipes of Hope

How cooking has saved a mother from her grief.

This article, written by Samantha Melamed, appears on

An Italian mom’s cookbook born out of grief, brought to life on Kickstarter

On Christmas Eve 2013, Elisa Costantini lost her husband of 55 years. Her life more or less stopped.

After more than six decades of cooking the ravioli, ragu, and risotto of her native Abruzzo for family, friends, and strangers, she barely had energy to make mac-and-cheese.

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