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Mary Contini

Mary Contini

Mary Contini is the bestselling author of numerous books about Italian life and cooking, including Dear Francesca, Dear Olivia, Valvona & Crolla: A Year at an Italian Table and The Italian Sausage Bible. She also co-wrote the acclaimed Easy Peasy children’s cookery books with Pru Irvine and has appeared on numerous radio and TV programmes, as well as at literary festivals throughout the UK. She is a Director of Valvona & Crolla, the renowned Edinburgh delicatessen, restaurant and wine merchant.

A second generation Italian, Mary grew up in Cockenzie, East Lothian, third oldest of a family of eight. She has been recognised by the Italian Government with the award of Cavaliere for services to Italy.

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