Following the withdrawal of allied forces from Europe, Italy amongst other countries, was left to pick up the pieces and try to come to terms with what little was available and all the mess that the war had left behind. This is the story of one child from a family of nine who lived in a small stone house isolated in the mountains. He was surrounded by poverty, touched by tragedy and misfortune while struggling to survive. Resilience and resourcefulness helped this young man shape his life from a humble beginning, through hard work as a waiter and a series of adventures, humour and travels to discover love and successes previously thought impossible. Included in this book you will find a collection of recipes for simple meals which can be prepared in your kitchen in the old country style.