Masters of pasta. Hilton author releases children’s book

Francesca Posney with Greta (6) & Diego Lorenzano (4) & Manaia McGregor (2)
Francesca Posney with Greta (6) & Diego Lorenzano (4) & Manaia McGregor (2)

CHILDREN love making a mess in the kitchen, especially when they are the ones cooking something.

Hilton author Francesca Posney has taken this culinary love and turned it in a new book Let’s Make Pasta, complete with a quick and easy recipe, to give local parents and grandparents the chance to encourage young children to help them in the kitchen.

She said the idea for the book came from one of her favourite old Fremantle events.

“For a few years the City of Fremantle used to hold a Tomato Festival in St John’s Square,” she said.

“I always did a pasta making demonstration with a local primary school and in May, 2009, a team from Lonely Planet visited Fremantle so my son and I did a skit.

“I was Signorina Spaghettini and he was Sig. Rigatoni.

“A friend then made me two puppets of the characters and I use these sometimes at the kindy and pre-primary schools I visited.”

She said children of all ages loved making pasta and her mission was to show everyone how easy and fun pasta making was.

“In a society where so many foods are premade, using the simple ingredients for pasta can be a revelation,” she said.

“Eating together is the heart of family and community and preparing food and cooking together is a wonderful way of bridging the age gap.

“Through this simple story I hope that people will decide to give it a go.”

Let’s Make Pasta is available at New Edition, Princi at Romanos and Amazon.