Elaine Trigiani is from the United States and has been living in Italy for over ten years, first in Sicily and now in Tuscany, learning about olive oil and Sicilian and Tuscan culinary traditions from her Sicilian relatives and from producers, farmers, home cooks and chefs. Following the local culinary traditions, she cooks with fresh ingredients always using the spicy, green olive oil to enhance the flavors of simple yet flavorful foods. Elaine designs culinary travel programs, she has written two guidebooks to Sicily, she lectures on culinary traditions, develops recipes and teaches olive oil tasting seminars, wine tastings and cooking lessons. Elaine has an MA in Art History and in a former life she worked organizing exhibitions at the National Gallery of Art in Washington, DC, she is certified as an olive oil taster by the Regione Toscana and is working toward certification as a wine taster with the Organizzazione Nazionale Assaggiatori di Vino.