Under the Olive Tree is a story of family life and food in Lugano, an elegant city clinging to the edges of a Swiss Lake near the northern Italian border, and the sapphire seas of the Costa Smeralda in Sardinia. Manuela Darling-Gansser, along with photographer Simon Griffiths, captures this inspirational journey as she revisits the memories, sights, smells and tastes of her home town and the summer holidays of her childhood. Eat salami and mountain cheeses with red wine in the tiny grotto restaurants in remote mountain valleys. Sample traditional Sardinian fare of Culligiones (large pasta cushions filled with wild mint and potato) and Semifreddo Di Miele Amaro (a soft ice cream flavoured with the unique Sardinian bitter honey) in the picturesque harbours of the Mediterranean. Manuela Darling-Gansser is your perfect guide and host, intimately translating the food and flavours of her heritage for you to recreate in your own kitchen. Under the Olive Tree is a celebration of Mediterranean al fresco living at its best!