The Independent just published a wonderful article called How to cook like an Italian Mama - which is as you might guess about an Italian cooking class taught by Italian mothers. It's about food, but more importantly, it's about the importance of family when it comes to food and cooking. And in that regard, the Italian are way ahead of just about any other culture. In Britain, for example, only 20 per cent of people sit down to eat together as families once a week or less. And for the families that do eat together, about 75% do such in front the television. I am pretty sure that US families would stack up fairly similar in these statistics. However, according to an Italian Mama from England, this would be totally unheard of in Italy. Families are much closer, oftentimes live close to each other and use a traditional Italian meal as an opportunity to come together - a few times per week.