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Stefania Balducci was born and raised in the hill town of Assisi in central Italy. Her passion for cooking is rooted in the Italian tradition of cooking together with family in the home. She has fond memories of helping her mother and grandmothers in the kitchen, learning their simple techniques for preparing fine and tasty meals. After finishing her study of philosophy, she decided that the best way to share her passion for Cucina Rustica was through cooking classes and catering. For several years she operated in Italy and Holland where, besides cooking lessons, she ran a successful HuisKamerRestaurant. She is now based in Tuscany and travels part of the year teaching her Cucina Rustica.

Stefania's Cucina Rustica is all about bringing out the pure taste of fresh ingredients and she is a member of the Slow Food Movement.

She looks forward to sharing her traditional Tuscan and Umbrian recipes with you—as well as her vegetarian specialties—while you’re visiting Italy or in your home!