Our family was no different from many families worldwide, our matriarch expressed her love with food. Her philosophy was that there could never be too many around our table and we simply continued to use bigger tables, extensions and other ways to include everyone. It was a sad time for us when she grew too old to continue her massive culinary celebrations of family. Memories can burst forth in an aroma or a recipe shared with love. Aunts, uncles, cousins, in-laws and out-laws shared in our feasts and this book is testament to a time when family was the core; and she happily filled our bodies with the love she knew how to give best, love of food, love of family and love of togetherness.