ReadersMagnet features another heartwarming masterpiece by Eleanor Gaccetta, the amazing family cookbook Generations of Good Food.
For the past two years now, we have featured Eleanor “Ellie” Gaccetta and her beautiful and inspiring book, One Caregiver’s Journey. The book is Ellie’s first, and it’s a memoir retelling the years she spent with her late mother as her full-time family caregiver. One Caregiver’s Journey opened our eyes to the realities of family caregiving,- the challenges, the lessons, the fulfillment, and the life-changing experiences. It is also a heartwarming family story of a dutiful daughter caring for her mom. Indeed, Eleanor Gaccetta has given us one excellent read we will always appreciate. However, she is not finished yet. Today, we will feature another lovely masterpiece from one of our favorite authors. This time, it’s all about family, traditions, and great recipes handed from generation to generation.
Generations of Good Food by Eleanor Gaccetta
Generations of Good Food is the latest book by Eleanor Gaccetta. After the success of One Caregiver’s Journey, Gaccetta published Generations of Good Food in April this year. The 226-page cookbook compiles nearly 200 recipes, including main dishes, bread, cakes, pies, cookies, and candy. In this book, Eleanor shares with her readers how to cook pasta dishes, bake Sweet Easter bread, Lemon Ricotta Cookies, and make Tiger Butter Fudge. Generations of Good Food contains easy-to-follow instructions and a list of interesting recipes that will surely interest both new and season chefs and homemakers.
“This book is a collection of recipes spanning several generations of my mother’s family, our friends, and relatives. These home cooks could easily have rivaled a professional chef or baker. I published my book, One Caregiver’s Journey, in March of2018. It is a memoir about the 9 ½ years I spent providing 24/7 care for my mother. She died in May of 2017. This book was conceived during the winter of 2017 when a couple of weeks of cold temperatures and harsh weather conditions in Colorado required me to hunker down and stay indoors. I compiled my late mother’s cookbooks and favorite recipes and assembled them into a cookbook for her granddaughters, young family members, and close friends. The book is the fruit of my labor. I hope you enjoy preparing and eating the many family recipes contained in Generations of Good Food.” – Gaccetta
Generations of Good Food is not your typical family cookbook. It is inspired by six generations of shared recipes and heartwarming narratives of Italian life that brought families together around the dining table. In this book, we will get to know more about Ellie’s mother and grandmother. Marianne, Ellie’s mom, was the eldest daughter of six children and did not work on the family farm, but rather learned to clean and help her grandmother (Ellie’s great grandmother) cook for the family. She learned how to cook and bake from an early age. Fast forward many years later, Marianne married Ellie’s father in 1937, and she quickly won over her father-in-law with her great cooking and baking skills. Marianne introduced many recipes to the family and to which Ellie grew up learning as well. And the rest, as they say, is history.
What makes Ellie’s Generations of Good Food also special are the background stories featured almost in each recipe. Readers will find it delightful to learn new recipes and discover the history behind these family dishes. Generations of Good Food is truly a journey of family, tradition, stories, and the food that brings them together.
About Eleanor Gaccetta
Eleanor “Ellie” Gaccetta is from a small farming community in Colorado, just outside of Denver. She holds a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in business from Regis University. Ellie spent 40 years working for the State of Colorado, the City and County of Broomfield, and ultimately as a private contractor. When her mother broke her hip at age 93, Ellie decided to retire and focus on being a full-time family caregiver until her mother’s death (aged 102) in 2017. This experience was the basis and inspiration for her first book, One Caregiver’s Journey. This year, Eleanor Gaccetta released another remarkable book, a personal cookbook entitled Generations of Good Food (2021). Ellie currently resides in a western suburb of Denver. She enjoys an active lifestyle that includes baking, cooking, health and fitness routines, and spending time with family and friends.