About the Author
Mary Contini grew up in East Lothian on top of her family's Italian Cafe. She is the best-selling author of numerous books about Italian life and cooking, including 'Dear Francesca', 'Dear Olivia', 'Valvona & Crolla: A Year at an Italian Table'. She is a Director of Valvona & Crolla, the renowned Edinburgh restaurant, delicatessen and cookery school. Bob Dewar was first published nationally when he was sixteen, and his work has appeared in numerous book and magazines regularly since then. He has had exhibitions in Edinburgh and Italy, and for fifteen years did political and social commentary for 'The Scotsman'.