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  Mary Contini's slowly cooked sugo 27 Apr 2004  
The Scottish-Italian food writer traces her ancestors' journey from Rome to Edinburgh.

Mary Contini is known to most as the author of the Easy Peasy  cookery books for children. She's  also a driving forces behind Valvona and Crolla in Edinburgh. It's  a wonderful shop with salumeria, bakery and cafe - and a monument to the enduring place that the Italian Community has in Scotland.

Through photos, letters, anecdotes and recipes, Mary's book Dear Francesca: A Cookbook With Love  aims to tell her eldest daughter about the hard journey their ancestors took to escape poverty in Southern Italy in order to make a new life in a colder climate .

Simon Parkes went to meet her in Edinburgh where she cooks some of the recipes that mean most to her.

Dear Francesca: A Cookbook With Love is available from Ebury Press ISBN: 009189235X

Recipe: Slowly cooked sugo
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