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Tamara Griffiths

Mountain Writer

After completing a master’s degree in Sustainable Mountain Development at University of Highlands and Islands Scotland, Griffiths became a ‘mountain writer’ writing for The Huffington Post and smaller publications, reporting on mountain issues with a focus on mountain foods.

In Italy she lectures in Culture and History of Food in Italy and Post-productivism in Rural Environments, and works as translator for Monti Sibillini National Park. Her first non-fiction book, “Walking in the Sibillini, A Celebration of a Distinctive Mountain Culture” was published 2014, available in Italian and English. With a background as a scriptwriter, having had her plays produced professionally in London, Berlin, Los Angeles, and Toronto, as well as five commissioned film scripts, Griffiths is now concentrating on mountain writing within an environmental anthropological perspective.
Foraging For A New

Foraging For A New Future

In Italy eating wild plants has been central to the diet for the majority of the population from the fall of Rome until the
05/11/2017 03:15 EDT
This Italian Social Movement Could Change The

This Italian Social Movement Could Change The World

Maria Sonia Baldoni is a charismatic founder of a social movement that is rapidly growing and now becoming international. This movement offers a unique approach to sustainable living in harmony with the environment, a new kind of economy, and a rewarding lifestyle.
01/06/2017 05:22 EST
Earthquakes In Italy's

Earthquakes In Italy's Mountains

Although mountains are always moving imperceptibly, what happens in a national mountain park -- when the earth moves under
11/29/2016 11:59 EST
White Truffles: Give Italy's 'Diamonds On The Table' A

White Truffles: Give Italy's 'Diamonds On The Table' A Taste

The white truffle is the most prized and commands the highest prices -- in 2006 it is reported to have sold for the same price as gold. The taste is subtle but lingering and summons the musty and savoury associations of Italian harvest.
10/13/2016 04:40 EDT
High Fashion In The

High Fashion In The Mountains

Why would a high-end, design and manufacturing company choose to be located in a mountainous area? Dolce Vita design and
08/18/2016 05:45 EDT
Food That Is

Food That Is Feeling

Studies have shown our taste for foods is created by cultural and learned experiences as Petrini (2001), Duruz (2003), Bell
06/20/2016 10:42 EDT
How Italian Mountain Honey Is

How Italian Mountain Honey Is Made

Think of Italy and one thinks of food, but not many people think 'mountains.' Yet mountains remain a principle source of the traditional, handcrafted food production Italy is famous for. And nowhere is that more true than with honey production.
05/24/2016 05:26 EDT
This Nutritious Neolithic Wild Pea Is Making A Huge

This Nutritious Neolithic Wild Pea Is Making A Huge Comeback

In the Middle Ages, roveja still endured as the staple diet eaten in the form of a "puls," which is an ancient Roman-style of porridge and consumed with a savoury sauce on top. Over time roveja was forgotten. By the 1990s only a few local people remembered roveja, and some found the plants growing in gullies or near streams.
04/19/2016 12:55 EDT
Truffle Oil: Chemicals Or

Truffle Oil: Chemicals Or Culture?

If you use a truffle sauce at home you are using chemicals called dimethylsulfide and or bismetiltometano which are petrol chemical based and designed to replicate the smell and taste of truffles. Unfortunately this also happens with almost all truffle oils, or if one eats in a restaurant hoping to economize.
01/22/2016 02:27 EST
Hard, Soft and Slow: Mountain Adventure

Hard, Soft and Slow: Mountain Adventure Tourism

Generally slow adventures are offered in remote or fragile environments, like mountains. There is an ecological aspect to it, to preserve and conserve the beauty of the environment. This links to Baby Boomers' reported need for beautiful and unspoilt.
10/13/2015 01:09 EDT
Truffle Season Begins With the Most Expensive

Truffle Season Begins With the Most Expensive First

The Tuber magnatum is the most valuable truffle because it has a distinctly alluring perfume and although its taste is delicate it fulfils the quintessential sensation we expect of a 'truffle'. Due to the high price it commands, secrecy abounds.
09/06/2015 11:26 EDT