I’m writing about Chef Piera in my next book called, “Personal Legends of Piemonte”.
Chef Piera reminds me of Joseph Campbell’s idea about Finding your bliss. It goes something like this:
If you follow your bliss, you put yourself on a kind of track that has been there all the while, waiting for you, and the life that you ought to be living is the one you are living. Wherever you are — if you are following your bliss, you are enjoying that refreshment, that life within you, all the time.
I doubt she ever thought about finding her bliss. Or thought she’d be famous, in fact I don’t think she even cares. All she seems to care about is having her family around and they are – I think she found her bliss.
She runs a remarkable restaurant called Ristorante Madonna delle Neve in a town called Cesole in Piemonte. When I interviewed her someone from a New York magazine was trying to arrange an interview. It was during Covid so they weren’t going to see her magical factory in the back where the potion is made. But I did.
Her story appears simple, but it isn’t and that’s what makes the Piemontese so interesting. It’s like a fairytale that place called Piemonte. It’s the secret that needs to be told.
In my book I call her the Goddess.