Adriana Trigiani

While Adriana Trigiani’s best-selling novel and movie Big Stone Gap take you on a trip to a small town in the Virginia mountains, her latest book leads you into her family’s kitchen there. Cooking with My Sisters is not only a cookbook, but also a love story—Trigiani serves up favorite family recipes and large helpings of often-humorous and touching family lore.


When their beloved paternal Grandmom Viola, a gun-toting, gopher-shooting firecracker they referred to as “Grambo,” passed away years ago, Trigiani and her sisters discovered a stash of recipes hidden behind her stove. “She had even written some of them in code so they could not be stolen or copied! What kind of clandestine culinary operation was she running, anyway?” Trigiani enlisted the help of her sisters to compile both of her grandmothers’ recipes into a book. In it, she shares stories of growing up in the Trigiani household—stories of laughter and squabbles with her siblings and of cooking instruction from her parents and grandparents.

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