Tuesday, September 04, 2012

Italian Recipes: Cooking Italian Food With Berna

Bernadette Reed knows Italian Food. After all she's been cooking it since she was 9.

She knows her way around the kitchen. She cooks for friends and family. She teaches others how to cook.

I received a copy of her e-book "Cooking With Berna", and I immediately went through it. I was extremely impressed with the recipes. They are all simply stated, in an easy to understand manner.

Best of all, most of the ingredients can be found in any local grocery store. These are my kind of recipes.

Plus Berna has been on a mission to lose weight.I had to know how she was able to lose weight by eating Italian Food.

That did not make sense to me...I had to find the answer!

I knew I had to track her down and get some more information. Berna was more than willing to share her story. Her book,  "Cooking With Berna", is outstanding. The e-book is filled with stories of her childhood and the origin of the recipe.

Albert:   How did you get interested in Italian cooking?

Berna:   I have been cooking since I was 9 years Old My grandmother taught me to cook and it has always been my passion and joy.

Albert: What are some of your earliest memories of Italian food?

Berna: In the book there is a memory attached to each recipe!

Albert: I understand you were influenced by your uncle who owned an Italian restaurant. Did you work there? Did the restaurant use your grandmother's recipes?

Berna: Yes My Uncle would show me everything and I enjoyed spending time he was the main CHEF! My grandmother’s recipes were used there also.

Albert:  You say your e-book is based on "Old World Italian cooking", what do you mean by that?

Berna: It means you cannot find these recipes today and we did the long harder ways to make it more delicious no short cuts are used my recipes are very simple but very Italiano!

Albert: What do you think are the most important spices to use in Italian cooking?

Berna:  All fresh ingredients like basil for one, and any Italian Seasonings.

Albert: How did you develop the recipes used in your book?

Berna: These recipes have been in my family for generations, I used my mind from what I remember and my Grandmother’s old written recipes as well.

Albert:  Do you still teach cooking classes?

Berna: I am giving up my cooking classes because there is no money in it.  For 3 years I have had a huge loss! So I was teaching in 6 cities. I am now only teaching in 2 cities because I am looking for an admin job. I still teach cooking and speak at our local library, (Saratoga, California)  for my weight loss and I teach the teens.

Albert: Does one need any special tools or devices to be able to cook Italian?

Berna: No A good sauce pot and a good wooden SPOON!

Albert: Can you give me your favorite tip for someone who wants to be an Italian cook?

Berna: Make everything fresh.

Albert: Tell me a bit about your cookbook: Berna's Italian Cookbook.

Berna: The recipes are very simple and can be found in any grocery store. Everyone loves how simple it is.
They are from my memory and my grandmother's written recipes.

Albert: I also understand you lost a considerable amount of weight by eating some of these recipes?

Berna: I have lost 118 pounds and I eat healthy I used to teach healthy eating in my classes. You can make Italian food healthy by using lite products, lite cheese, etc.

Albert: What was your secret? What advice do you have for someone who wants to lose weight?

Berna: I cut out the carbs mostly and eat lots of veggies and fruits to supplement, I don’t cheat and eat no fattening foods at all!

Albert: Why should someone purchase your e-book?

Berna: Because all of the recipes are authentic,  easy and simple recipes.

Albert: Thanks so much Berna!

I love this e-book and highly recommend "Cooking With Berna",


Berna with her students.

Check out:  "Cooking With Berna", you will amaze your self at how soon you will be cooking Italian Food.

Click here to discover the Italian Recipe Secrets from Berna.

5 comments:

Unknown said...

Albert, thanks for the write up and the link to Berna's book. I just downloaded it and scanned all the recipes. I can't wait to start cooking.

Mark

Unknown said...

Albert, thanks for the article. I just downloaded Berna's book and scanned all the recipes. Can't wait to start cooking. I bet I have most of the ingedients at home or can get at the local market.

Mark

Unknown said...

Albert, thanks for the write up and the link to Berna's book. I just downloaded it and scanned all the recipes. I can't wait to start cooking.

Mark

Unknown said...

Albert, thanks for the write up and the link to Berna's book. I just downloaded it and scanned all the recipes. I can't wait to start cooking.

Mark

Albert Grande said...

I'm glad you liked it Mark.
I was very fortunate to interview Berna. I think she is the real deal.

Her book is great. Simple Italaian recipes with lots of grace and style!