If while scrolling down the annual list compiled by Forbes magazine it is not surprising to see that Microsoft’s founder Bill Gates regained the title of the richest man in the world, curiosity is aroused that the first Italian classified is Michele Ferrero.

The Ferrero family built its empire on chocolate. Its best-known product, Nutella, has become an icon all over the world.

Although food blogs are born daily, some manage to differentiate themselves from others due to a particular characteristic, which often depends on the author’s personality or a particular passion that gives the project a very unique and instantly recognizable style.

This is the case for Alessandra Giovanile, fond of history and art that found in the passion for cooking and for writing a way of making these interests real and tangible.

The truffle is a fruit of the earth that has been well known since ancient times.  There is evidence of the presence of the truffles in the diets of the Sumerian people and at the time of the patriarch Jacob, around 1700 – 1600 B.C.

Anecdotal evidence shows that the truffle, known in Latin simply as a “Tuber”, was particularly appreciated by the Ancient Romans who almost certainly learnt about the culinary uses of this mushroom from the Etruscans.

Traveling around Italy, traveling around America. Reconnecting with the many links of the privileged connection between these two countries, through the medium of food.  This could be one way of describing the life of Lidia Bastianich.

After a successful career as a restaurateur and chef (her restaurants are Felidia, Becco, Del Posto, Esca, Lidia’s at Kansas City and Pittsburgh, and she is also a partner in Eataly, New York), Lidia became a TV star with her cookery show, ‘Lidia’s Italy’, traveling around the 20 regions of Italy discovering authentic Italian cuisine as well as many Italian locations and traditions.