We are publishing a book in December 2019! Available as coffee table book and e-book, ROSES AND SPICES is dedicated to cooks and adventurers, and anyone who really loves Venice. For the first time in English, we will share forgotten stories of Levantine gardens during all five (!) seasons and their thousand-year-old recipes.


What if you knew how to use rose petals in the kitchen? Make grappa-lilac sweet bread and rose-lilac sugar? Discover the health secrets of Venetian spice mixtures and learn to cook easy dishes, from grandmother’s recipe journal, promoting health and beauty using home-grown herbs, blossoms and spices in the kitchen.
Roses and Spices – A Garden in Venice on Your Plate introduces 40 seasonal health secrets and takes you into the secret, private gardens of Levantine Venice. Our book will be available on 30 November 2019, and we can’t wait to share its preview with you!

Grandmother Lina has been a cooking instructor for all of her life. She celebrated her 96th birthday in December 2018, and we will share her cooking secrets and private insights and stories of living in Venice.
In the 1950s and 1960s, Lina taught Venetian historical recipes and food heritage to the chefs of the grandi alberghi in Venice. In her own restaurants, Lina cooked for politicians, ambassadors and two future popes, John XXIII and John Paul I.

Growing up on the fringes of the northern Lagoon facing the islands of Sant’Erasmo and Le Vignole, Lina lived on a farming estate before returning to the family home in Venice in April 1945. Lina inherited the library of the monastery of San Zaccaria, and has close friends in other convents, such as San Lazzaro degli Armeni and San Francesco della Vigna.

In Venice, the old world has survived like in no other place on Earth, and here you can find know-how forgotten elsewhere. Our book shares historical recipesand the fascinating stories of the Venetian spice gardens, for you to benefit from this forgotten culinary and medical heritage. 

Roses and Spices also tells the fascinating story of Lina’s own garden, located on the premises of the former monastery San Zaccaria. You would wouldn’t guess its existence if it weren’t for the fleeting, sweet smell of jasmine in the morning light. This garden is located in one of the oldest areas settled in the 5th century AD.

Keep in touch and get notified when we publish the book ! As a little gift, we are sharing her favorite recipe and ten culinary tips. Click below to download your gift and the book preview.

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My Little Black Book 2019

Keep in touch with Venice and download my free guide 2019, in which we share 40 addresses and tips to explore Venice!