Cook with Love & Paint with Passion
Arizona artist Sandi Ciaramitaro escorts you on an artistic and culinary adventure to explore why she “Cooks with Love and Paints with Passion!” After many years of being asked for her recipes, influenced by her Italian heritage dating back to the 15th century, she has finally put them together in book form. While the book is filled with delicious combinations of flavor and sustenance, her art — seen in private, corporate, and international collections — is not forgotten as she explains the differences between plein air and studio painting. Fill your family with mouthwatering food and an appetite for art! Mangiare!
About the cookbook author:
Award-winning artist Sandi Ciaramitaro began her career as one of the first female draftsmen at General Motors in Detroit, specializing in auto body design and styling. Yet it took only one visit to her snow-birding parents in Arizona for her and her husband of 25 years to realize that Arizona was where they wanted to raise their children. Within months, the family had moved. “I was captivated by the desert at first sight,” Sandi said. “This is such a breathtaking place. It is the reason I paint with such passion!” Every week you’ll find this effervescent artist, her easel, and oil paints perched somewhere overlooking the desert flora, fauna, mountain vistas, or even Tucson barrios. The Tonto National Forest, Canyon de Chelley, and the Sonoran McDowell Conservancy are some of this artist’s favorite places to paint. Her oil paintings are created en plein air (in the open air) and alla prima (painting in “one go,” finishing the piece on site). Her transparent watercolors evolve in studio. Sandi considers herself fortunate to live adjacent to the vast Tonto National Forest, overlooking Red Mountain, the salt river, and the horses that roam there. “I love painting among the horses in the Tonto” she said. “Early in the morning as the sun is rising I often hear neighs before these magnificent animals come into sight. It’s heavenly! I am so taken aback, I have to remember to breathe!”
Sandi and I are longtime best buddies. OK, actually I only recently met Sandi at the annual Hidden in the Hills artists’ tour, but she was convinced we’ve known each other for a while, and after talking with her for a couple minutes, I decided she was right. But then almost everyone is Sandi’s best buddy before long: she has a way of pulling you in, just like her art and her recipes. And though her recipes are amazing, I’ll be honest: her art is even more so. I think my favorite is “Turquoise Door.” Or perhaps “Table Mesa.” Or “Sonoran Saguaros.” Or “Love at First Sight”? Check out her website, and you’ll see why choosing is hard.
You’ll also understand the joy of her cookbook, Cook with Love & Paint with Passion! Each recipe is accompanied by a gorgeous reproduction of one of her paintings. Cooking and painting intertwined with love and passion — that’s a recipe for life.