Valentina Cirasola, Author and Designer

I am Valentina, Italian born, in Bari the capital of Puglia region. I was born into a family of artists, designers and food connoisseurs.
When I moved away from my family and started to cook for myself out of necessity, it was as if  by miracle, all those years watching, eating and tasting translated to doing.
I recalled the perfection how every dish was supposed to look and taste. Watching my family and eating good food every day, gave me the expertise of a professional chef.
I had a funny episode in my cooking life and the only one of this kind: once, I cooked spaghetti without adding water in the pot and of course it was as if I had started fire crackers in my kitchen.

Gino Cassano, a life time friend says:
“She is a creative master in the art of living who makes little distinction between work and play”.

I am a curious person, interested in a variety of subjects, the reason why my life is a continuous evolvement of colorful events. I am an avid, passionate cook, avid reader, speak four languages and a world trotter.
I also take interest in cuisines of the world and I am especially interested in food in the history.

Today, living in America, among many things, I teach cooking from my Region of Puglia, spreading lightheartedness and joy, while passing my notions of good life and health through good eating.
I firmly believe that: “Puglia’s food will keep you young longer than you want to”. The people of my land are long-lived,  they are my inspiration.
I had fun writing Italian cultural cookbooks while still doing what I love: designing homes!
My  main profession in fact is in interior designing with a special focus upon Kitchens. What a better designer than the ones who cooks! My passions are showing up in every aspects of my life.
I have been in business as a certified interior designer since 1990, working in my company Valentina Interiors & Designs and have served a variegated group of fun people in Europe and in United States. To remodel homes and to turn unattractive spaces into castles is the specialty of my business, but to design kitchens and wine grottos is my love, as you can imagine. Those are the rooms of a home that make people feel good.

One of the most fundamental area in people’s lives is the HOME. Home is where people return to relax; a place that props anyone up in time of crisis. It is the center of everything and a lot of the answers to questions of life are there. In simple words, I would have to say that I am harmonizing people’s lives by finding their excellence, creating their energy and adding beauty, while  designing their palates too.

I have loved my profession for so long and never have given signs of wanting to quit.
It was the right time to write a book for the design field, therefore ©RED-A Voyage Into Colors was born. It is a book on the subject of colors and how colors affects us in life.

Author of two Italian regional cuisine books:
Book #1 – ©Come mia Nonna – A Return To Simplicity
published by OutskirtsPress, Nov. 26, 2009.

Book #2 – ©Sins of A Queen – Italian Appetizers and Desserts
published by OutskirtsPress, Dec. 14, 2010.

Book #3 on the subject of colors – ©RED-A Voyage Into Colors
published by OutskirtsPress, Sept. 28, 2012.

I will be busy for the next few years writing my collection of books. The next one will be on the subject of ©Home From A To Z and Beyond,  a design book I am longing to add to people’s library and ©Bring Nature In, both in the making. Stay tuned, they might be released simultaneously soon.
There are also a few ebooks in my literary plans and a few teleseminars.

Visit my design site: http://www.Valentinadesigns.com
Visit my design blog: https://valentinaexpressions.com/category/home-designs-master

Welcome to my world. Benvenuti nel mio mondo.

Copyright © 2010 Valentina Cirasola, All Rights Reserved

Click the links below if you like to order directly from:

Amazon: http://goo.gl/xUZfk0

Barnes&Nobles: http://goo.gl/q7dQ3w

Author’s Contact Information:
Valentina Cirasola
Author and Designer
©Come Mia Nonna – A Return To Simplicity
©Sins Of A Queen – Italian Appetizers and Desserts
©RED – A Voyage Into Colors
Email: valentinadesigns@comcast.net
Visit Valentina, the designer: www.valentinadesigns.com
Design Blog: https://valentinaexpressions.com/category/home-designs-master
Tel. 408-732-9782


35 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. cindy knoke
    Oct 12, 2017 @ 05:50:45

    It truly would be impossible for me to not follow you.
    “When I moved away from my family and started to cook for myself out of necessity, it was as if by miracle, all those years watching, eating and tasting translated to doing.”
    I get it.
    My family essentially grumbles if I suggest we go out to eat.
    It is only in America, they do this, I admit, that.
    But, still, one of my biggest enjoyments in Europe is shopping for fresh produce in the daily markets, and using their spices and condiments, and cooking amazing food.
    I really learned all this from my Polish grandmother and her daughter, my mother.

    Liked by 1 person


    • Valentina
      Oct 12, 2017 @ 15:06:02

      Thank you Cindy for the compliment.
      I feel the same, I hardly eat out, first because commercial food is corrupted and second, I truly enjoy cooking with fresh ingredients. Cooking is art that keep us healthy. Thanks for the visit and the comment.



  2. theeditorsjournal
    Mar 04, 2017 @ 06:21:22

    How amazing! So many creative talents! Cooking, interior design and writing.

    Liked by 1 person


  3. Sara
    Feb 18, 2017 @ 09:03:25

    Ciao Valentina. Anch’io sono un po’ pugliese, per 1/4… di Ceglie 🙂
    Grazie per la visita e complimenti per i libri e il blog!

    Liked by 1 person


    • Valentina
      Feb 18, 2017 @ 17:33:14

      Bello a sapersi Sara, vivi in Puglia o in qualche altra parte del mondo? Grazie a te per il commento e la visita.



      • Sara
        Feb 19, 2017 @ 08:19:34

        Adesso lavoro in Inghilterra. Ho vissuto in parecchi paesi diversi in Africa e America Latina. In Italia, sto dalle parti di Pisa. Con tutto questo viaggiare, alla fine non sono mai stata a Ceglie. Sigh 😦 Devo sopperire al più presto e organizzare una visitina in Puglia!



        • Valentina
          Feb 19, 2017 @ 19:51:07

          Sara la Puglia e’ sempre stata una regione nascosta fino a una quindicina di anni fa, ma ora e’ sulla mappa delle regioni piu’ visitate da stranieri. Sta succedendo di tutto e di piu’ L’aeroporto di Bari e’ esploso, riceve 4 milioni di viaggiatori all’anno. Dovresti visitare la nostra regione.



  4. Wandering Dawgs
    Jun 12, 2016 @ 16:56:45

    Thanks for stopping by my blog. So interesting to see you are from Bari. My father was stationed at the U.S. Air Force San Vito Dei Normanni Air Station in Brindisi back in the 1960’s. We traveled to Bari a few times. Do you have a recipe for Fritellis? I’ve never seen them any where else but there.



  5. Susanne
    Sep 14, 2014 @ 10:26:27

    Hello Valentina,

    seeing all your work, I would love to be your apprentice !

    Best Regards




  6. lensandpensbysally
    Oct 17, 2013 @ 01:40:19

    Thanks for becoming a Follower. Happy blogging.



  7. Solve The Chord
    Aug 23, 2013 @ 19:48:52

    I have always wanted to travel to Italy; it has so much culture!



  8. Professor VJ Duke
    Aug 16, 2013 @ 22:43:37

    The professor sends his greetings! I like the blue highlight!



  9. katya kitchen
    Apr 02, 2013 @ 10:17:41

    Hola Valentina, I just nominated you for an award :



  10. ritaroberts
    Mar 22, 2013 @ 12:18:14

    Hello Valentina I see now why you liked my ” Food in Medieval England ” post, thanks for reading and I tend to agree with your comment what the peasant eat was most likely more healthy for them than the food the lords consumed. Your blog is very interesting. You are a very busy lady.



  11. Harold Green
    Mar 21, 2013 @ 23:47:35

    Valentina, thank you for discovering my blog http://www.throughharoldslens.com. It gave me the opportunity to discover, explore and Follow your blog. Hope we both enjoy. Since I am off for two weeks to Italy in a couple of months, your blog is making me very anxious and hungry to launch myself into the country with the greatest food in the world. Tap. Tap. Tap.



  12. Robin Jean Marie
    Apr 18, 2012 @ 14:16:45

    Fun site, Valentina! I thought I was already following this, but I guess it didn’t “take” when I clicked it last week. You’re a talented woman. 🙂



  13. Dominique Paronitti
    Jun 22, 2011 @ 06:56:18

    Hello my name is Dominique

    I am a South Africa born in SA with an Italian Father,

    I think your web page is great and find your story such an inspiration!!!

    I have also studied design and love it! I have not been able to break into the market as yet.

    I would like to keep in touch with what you are doing and would love to purchase your book Sins of A Queen – Italian Appetizers and Desserts

    Warm regards

    Dominique Paronitti



    • valentina author
      Jun 22, 2011 @ 14:44:01

      Hello Dominique,
      thank you for reading my articles. Of course we can keep in touch.
      Both of my books are available on Amazon and on this site, if you like to make purchase directly from me.
      Please let me know if you need any help.



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