Santina

Hello Dominique,

Just to let you know how much we are enjoying your cookbook. Congratulations Dominique, a true labour of love.

I lent my copy to Mrs Anna Barbi – the incredibly energetic 91 yr old who arrived in North Qld with her mother in the 1920’s, aged 8. I thought you might like to know she told me she shed a tear when she started to read your book, it bought back many memories of growing up in Catania and her mother. She is a fantastic cook herself, and still whips up anything in no time at all!!

I thought you looked fantastic in the photo they ran in the Sunday Mail U magazine. The article read well (although I disagree with continuing the stereotyping of Sicily with the mafia). I was very interested to hear you will be starting the tours next year.

Kind Regards, Santina

Baz

Hey Dom!

Last Friday I prepared three of your meals for a late supper with a mate. I wanted to treat him to something special and your recipes proved the best recipe! He rolled up his sleeves and helped prepare with me giving us time to talk.

This is what I chose;

Zucchini carpaccio with rocket

Tomato, oregano and anchovy salad

Potato, prosciutto & mozzarella croquettes

All with a bottle of Italian Pinot Grigio.

The food was beautiful and very tasty. I look forward to lots more practice.

Baz

Jan

Hi Dominique,

My name is Jan and I met you on Saturday 5th Nov. at the Wine and Food Expo in Brisbane. I wanted to let you know how thrilled I was, firstly to see you there and how honored I was for you to sign my “Ready Steady Cook” card. You made my day believe it or not. The other Celebrities were great, but to not have to queue up and get a book signed just to say “Hi” to them. But I now have books except one and that was yours. Could you tell me please how much your book is and if I was to get one can I pay over the phone or on line.

I have always been a big fan of Ready Steady Cook, and when my husband (Max) and myself went down to be in the audience in 2009 Matt Golinski was working and since then he has been a very great friend. I went down again this year and yes Matt was working.

Well I will not hold you up and bore you to tears, but would love you to let me know how much the books are please. Can I buy them at a Bookstore???

Anyway very nice to meet you on Saturday, and thank you for making my day.

Kind regards,

Jan

Natale & Liz

Hi Dominique

I hope you are well and gearing up for Christmas. Thanks so much for responding to my email. It was so lovely to hear back from you. Sorry for the delay in responding – I’ve been very busy, however have found time to try five of your delicious recipes!!

The absolute “hit” with my family and friends has been the Torta di Cioccolata al Caffe Senza Farina (pg 185). I’ve cooked this three times and my kids have descibed it as “the best thing I’ve ever cooked”. What high praise. It’s beautiful and I’ve found it quite easy to make.

The other hit has been the Frittelle di Tonno e Patate (pg 25). My friends were eating them straight out of the pan at a recent dinner party. The other three recipes I have tried were good but I need a little practice to make them perfect. I’ve been having a lot of fun with your book and I’ve been leaving it lying around for my friends to enjoy also.

Anyway, I’d best be heading off now. Thanks as always for the inspiration. Take care of yourself and I wish you, your family and friends a very joyous festive season.

Buon Natale Liz

Mal.C

Hi Dominique

I’m sorry its taken so long to reply,

I am so lucky to have been brought up with Sicilian parents, and experience such a strong family tradition & ritual which is the kitchen table. Not just on Festive occasions, or every Sunday evening , but always.

To be able to share some of my heritage with my own children & with friends via your cookbook, means a lot to me.

Thank you for putting into print those memories that not only I have, but I’m sure most Aussie/Sicilians also treasure…

Now you are helping to foster in some way, I’m sure, stronger family values, within Australia through these wonderful recipes.

Good on you.

Buon Natalé

Graham

Hello Dominique

Thanks for your lovely recipe book My Taste of Sicily we have enjoyed making a number of the recipes with good results. I, as the part-time cook in this household enjoyed your simple no fuss approach with great flavours from readily available ingredients. Preparing our own olives using the Mediterranean Spiced recipe was a big hit with friends, even those who profess to not liking olives.

As a part-time potter for many years, Beryl is looking forward to our visit to Santo Stefano di Camastra and like places on our trip.

This has encouraged her to broaden her range and experiment with the colourful Mediterranean style in her work as on the tapas style bowls enclosed as a gift to you for reviving her interest in terracotta clay and majolica glazes.

Have a wonderful Christmas and New Year. Our excitement grows as the dates for the trip gets nearer and we share our plans with friends and family.

Regards Graham

Kayla

Hi Dom

Thank you thank you for the book for dad … He almost got a tear in his eye 🙂

We went to my aunty Ena for Christmas (the place you had dinner when you were in Ingham) and she made dad bring the book up to show everyone … It’s was so special !

All we need now is a book stand for the Butcher Shop so all his customer can see your book and dads recipe 🙂

Hope you had a merry Christmas

Lots of love Kayla X

P.S. we also scoped a book out for Nonna and she loved it too! She loves you.

Liz O’Brien

Hi Dom

I had a ‘Sicilian’ dinner party the other week using your cook book- did the beef involtini for entree and meatballs with peas for main and a ricotta tart for dessert and everyone loved them!

Thanks for the great recipe

Brian Whalan

Hi Dominique

Our names may not ring any bells but you have singed your book that we purchased at the ginger factory during the ginger and flower festival this year.

Well I have started to use your cookbook and have found it very enjoyable to use I have made some very nice meals !!

I have made some mistakes along the way but I am learning from them.

I enjoyed the presentation at the Ginger and Flower show and so I will be cooking more from your book.

Thank you for inspiring me to cook outside the norm and prepare meals that I would expect to find only in a restaurant

Again thank you

D. Nicholas

My Goodness!!! What an AMAZING prize to win!!! I’d always thought these prizes were always a bit of a gimmick and no-one ever wins….until we received THAT phone call to say not only had we won a washer and dryer package from VZUG valued at $7000, but also a 2 week food and wine tour through Western Sicily with Dominique Rizzo as our guide!!! All by just filling in the entry form at the HIA Melbourne home show!!! The Laundry package will come in so very handy with our new house we are building and as for the tour of Sicily…..Words cannot describe the amazing experience we had!! An all-expense paid holiday seeing the most amazing sights and history and FOOD FOOD FOOD!!! My goodness, I have never eaten and drank so much food and wine all whilst sitting in the most beautiful environments!! Thankyou to HIA Homeshow, VZUG, and Dominique for this wonderful prize. It was something we will never forget!!! As the saying goes…You’ve got to be in it to win it!!!