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The art of communicating by heart By Liz Rogers

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Something’s always cooking in Carmela Amato D’Amore’s kitchen. In reality and metaphorically too. This 60-something pocket rocket has energy and passion to burn. She welcomes life, tradition and heritage with open arms only to absorb and release it tenfold.  A true believer in the old adages ‘what goes around comes around’ and ‘the more you give the more you receive’, this devotee of life, conversation and Sicilian food is soon to launch her second self-published book titled The Heart of the Table – Unlocking the Treasure of Family and Community Through Sicilian Food. It’s a beaut!

She explains. “My first book, Carmela’s Cucina Povera, was a journey of self-discovery and healing through Sicilian food. It was about family and heritage. The recipes from my mother and grandmother. It takes a village to raise a child, you see. This book is something different. The table is a symbol of coming together. Connecting and collaborating. Communicating and communing. The four Cs. We live at such a fast pace now. People in front of screens and feeling disconnected. There is a richness, a wealth of faith and hope when we look outwardly and communicate with others around the table. This book doesn’t have recipes like the first one. It is a navigational guide — to continue the art of sharing our hearts by cooking for those you love and eating with them around the table. One chapter focuses on the women of Sicily and their relationship with food. Another chapter relates to sharing memories through food. This is a book that helps you tap into the truth of you.”

She continues. “After my mother died I thought to myself, ‘What do you want to leave behind?’ I have always lived between two cultures — my connection to Australia and my Sicilian roots. I am taking the best part from both. Every year I host a cultural tour to Sicily and I hold classes each week here. It is all linked. These books deeply resonate with who I am and the lessons I’ve learnt along the way.”

The Heart of the Table – Unlocking the Treasure of Family and Community Through Sicilian Food is available from July through Amazon and Booktopia and from Sorrento Trattoria, which was a finalist in the Peninsula Business Awards. Explore it and unite. Go to for more.


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