Per La Famiglia

March 22, 2016

Emily Richards’ new cookbook is out, and Per La Famiglia is a shrine to southern Italian cooking. Emily is a pretty well known figure in Canadian Cooking, but for those that have been living under a rock (or possibly an igloo) Emily has been featured on Food Network TV and been a staple in the Canadian Living test kitchen.

Per La Famiglia

Per La Famiglia

Emily has contributed to other cookbooks in the past, but this one is a personal celebration of all her family favourite recipes. And when I say family, I mean, famiglia, a presence that is strong throughout the cookbook, with tried and true recipes from her Italian roots peppered throughout the book. I had the personal good fortune to hang with Emily (and a few of my foodie pals!) at her casa and meet her lovely parents, and learn a thing or two about Italian cooking.
Per La Famiglia- Lesson in Gnocchi

Per La Famiglia- Lesson in Gnocchi

See, I was raised by Irish/British ‘rents and food was mostly boil in a bag, or boil meat in a pot, or Shepherd’s Pie on repeat. But fast forward to better food times and I’m an avid and ravenous home cook- and bonus- my uncle married a lovely Italian woman whom I happily call Zia, ditto for my brother in law, making my family celebrations dotted with Italian flair (like Zia’s annual pizza parties).

Per La Famiglia-Emily's Got the Cure!

Per La Famiglia-Emily’s Got the Cure!

Which means stakes are high for me on the cooking front, especially if I’m cooking Italian food (like this weekend for Easter celebrations). Emily’s book could not have come at a better time! While I maybe may take a few shortcuts, the overall design and layout of the book illustrates how easy it is to make great home cooked Italian meals, and get the whole family involved in the process.

Per La Famiglia-Making Sausages

Per La Famiglia-Making Sausages

With a giant glossary in the beginning to ease any language/ingredient barriers and dedicated sections for each holiday and celebration, I’m primed to impress with her recipes! I love how every recipe is also translated in Italian, like the aptly named Biscotti Brutti ma Buoni, which hilariously translates to Ugly but Good Cookies! Emily also sprinkles photos of her family and relatives throughout the book, with tried and true tips on how to perfect the recipes, even if you don’t have a Nonna on speed dial.
Per La Famiglia- Nonna Ortenzias Meatballs

Per La Famiglia- Nonna Ortenzias Meatballs

I have been on the hunt for the perfect meatball recipe- moist, rustic and mouth watering and that’s exactly how Emily’s Nonna Ortenzias Meatballs turned out. The recipe was easy peasy to follow, simple ingredients that I had readily on hand. I have now made these meatballs three times, at the request of my two kids, who thankfully, will never suffer through the Shepherd’s Pie shaming I had bi-weekly. Cue the tiny violin…

Don’t have your own Nonna on speed dial? Well you’re in lucky dear reader! My foodie pals and I have a FANTASTIC giveaway for you, win a signed copy of Emily’s cookbook and some bells and whistles to make the recipes sing. Better yet, enter a bunch of times- check out my gourmet-guru-gals posts below!

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Britt-My Daily RandomnessTiramisu
Kristy-She EatsEgg and Raisin Bread
Gwen-Devour & ConquerSweet Potato Gnocchi with Sage Butter
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Nancy-gotta get bakedHazelnut Chocolate-filled Cookies
Amanda-Once Upon a RecipeBalsamic Roasted Pear Wedges with Prosciutto
Nicole-Culinary CoolSpinach Ricotta Cannelloni
Carole-The Yum Yum FactorPickled Eggplant
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Christina-Strawberries For SupperBaked Pasta with Sausage and Ricotta

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23 Comments. Leave new

Per La Famiglia + A Giveaway
March 23, 2016 4:41 am

[…] Libby from Libby Roach Photography […]

Hazelnut Chocolate-Filled Cookies for a #PerLaFamiglia Blog Hop and Giveaway @ERiscooking | gotta get baked
March 23, 2016 7:04 am

[…] Rotelle/Polenta with Sausage and Rapini by The Tasty Gardener Tiramisu by My Daily Randomness Nonna Ortenzia’s Meatballs by Libby Roach Egg and Raisin Bread by She Eats Sweet Potato Gnocchi with Sage Butter by Devour […]

Braided Italian Bread: Egg & Raisin Bread - She Eats
March 23, 2016 7:06 am

[…] Nonna Ortenzia’s Meatballs | Libby Roach […]

Per La Famiglia: Balsamic Roasted Pear Wedges with Prosciutto + A Giveaway!
March 23, 2016 7:08 am

[…] Libby from Libby Roach made Nonna Ortenzia’s Meatballs […]

The Pleasures of Still Learning to Cook - Strawberries For Supper
March 23, 2016 9:37 am

[…] made Roasted Tomatoes Kristy of She Eats made Egg and Raisin Bread (recipe included) Libby of Libby Roach Photography made Nonna Ortenzia’s Meatballs Nancy of Gotta Get Baked made Hazelnut Chocolate Filled Cookies Nicole of Culinary Cool made […]


I have followed Emily Richards for years. This looks like the best cookbook yet!


Every recipe has been amazing! I’m still chewing my way through the book!

March 23, 2016 11:07 am

Who doesn’t love Italian food? I’ve never made my own meatballs before. It’s time!


So so easy and so worth it! You’ll love this recipe Nicole!

Spinach Ricotta Gnocchi - Dinner With Julie
March 23, 2016 11:11 am

[…] Rapini Kristy of She Eats made Italian Egg and Raisin Bread Libby of Libby Roach Photography made Nonna Ortenzia’s Meatballs Nancy of Gotta Get Baked made Hazelnut Chocolate Filled Cookies Nicole of Culinary Cool made […]


I saw Emily RIchards at Christmas in November many times, and love her recipes.


Isn’t she so lovely? I’m in awe of her culinary cool-ness Bonnie!


My teens were filled with countless meatball subs from Subway (hangs head in shame). This looks only a billion percent more delicious. Must make!


Ha! I just went to Subway for the cookies Robyn! Missed you on this blog hop missy!


These are on tonight’s menu and I can’t wait for supper!


How did Paddy like ’em?


pictures look great!


Thanks! They are so photogenic


Sounds like a fun day getting to cook with the real McCoy. Beautiful photos.

Amanda @ Once Upon a Recipe
March 26, 2016 1:30 pm

Gosh, these meatballs look amazing! So envious of your hang-time with Emily and her parents!


They are so cool. I was envious of her dads engineering! Making your own meat grinder pretty much is the best thing ever.

Nancy @ gottagetbaked
March 27, 2016 5:41 pm

Meatballs are one of my favourite foods and I’ve got Emily’s recipe earmarked to make, asap! Good call on turning yours into a meatball sub.


Carb loading with my meatballs Nancy! Hope you like ’em when you make them! I doubled up and froze half!


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