A tattooed woman eating some good-looking spaghetti and "meat"balls on the yellow cover of a book

Mama Tried: Traditional Italian Cooking for the Screwed, Crude, Vegan, and Tattooed

by Cecilia Granata Author

Cecilia Granata grew up cooking with her family in Italy. As a vegan, she learned to adapt her favorite recipes to be animal-free while retaining the flavor and feeling of true Italian home cooking. She shares her commitment to ethical and artful eating in this alphabetically-arranged volume with over 100 recipes, ranging from traditional favorites from across Italy to homemade liqueurs to aphrodisiacs—all "senza sofferenza"—without suffering. The recipes are lushly illustrated with Granata's food-inspired tattoo art.

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Comments & Reviews


With a clear, fun design from a tattoo artist's hand, Mama Tried sits equally on the bookshelf or the kitchen counter.


"...reflects her personal style, which I love that she was able to combine her tattoo art with her recipes. "



"Mama Tried is a kind of love letter to that Italian home-cooking education...there's plenty to recommend the book even if you treat it purely as an art object."



"As I mentioned, the book is filled with great recipes to help you make some truly delicious meals, and I know I will return to it for inspiration time and time again."



"It is based on the idea that cooking is an art...all of the recipes [are] easy to follow and easy to make. There are over 100 in the book and I have earmarked tons of them."



"...The recipes in this book are inspiringly accompanied by illustrations made in the purest style "Old Skool "...A book that interest[s] much both vegans and non- vegans for variety, easily and, above all, the spectacular taste of all the recipes."



"What a surprise for me the book of Cecilia Granata! Lots of recipes, lots of chances to never get bored in the kitchen, to amaze our families, our friends, and everyone who shares the table with us, pets included."


"This tasty little tome may not win the Good Housekeeping seal of approval; its witty and flashy illustrations may be too hip for most mamas! But it's clear Ms. Granata knows her way around a cutting board and a drawing board. A must for the most decorated gourmet!"