Journalist Paula Butturini talks about her new memoir Keeping the Feast: One Couple’s Story of Love, Food, and Healing in Italy. Paula and John met in Italy, fell in love, and four years later, married in Rome. But less than a month after the wedding, tragedy struck. They had transferred from their Italian paradise to Warsaw and while reporting on an uprising in Romania, John was shot and nearly killed by sniper fire. Although he recovered from his physical wounds in less than a year, the process of healing had just begun. Unable to regain his equilibrium, he sank into a deep sadness that reverberated throughout their relationship. It was the abrupt end of what they’d known together, and the beginning of a new phase of life neither had planned for. All of a sudden, Paula was forced to reexamine her marriage, her husband, and herself. Paula began to reconsider all of her previous assumptions about healing. She discovered that sometimes patience can be a vice, anger a virtue. That sometimes it is vital to make demands of the sick, that they show signs of getting better. And she rediscovered the importance of the most fundamental of human rituals: the daily sharing of food around the family table.
BIO: Paula Butturini
Paula Butturni grew up within the confines of New England, and since then has made up for lost time by traveling all over the world. She has worked in overseas bureaus in London, Madrid, Rome, and Warsaw for United Press International and the Chicago Tribune.