About

ilva somersetAbout Lucullian Delights and me, Ilva Beretta

        - August 2012, interview in The Foodie Bugle.(http://thefoodiebugle.com/article/food-photography/persistance-patience-and-personality-how-to-make-it-as-a-professional-food)
         – April 2012 Lucullian Delights was nominated as a finalist in the American food magazine Saveur’s Best Food Blog Awards, category Best Recipe.
      - September 2011 Lucullian Delights is included in Saveur’s Worldwide Feast: 55 Great Global Food Blogs
      - In August 2011 I shared my views on how to create a mood in food photography on gourmand in the kitchen
      - May 2011 Lucullian Delights was nominated as a finalist in the American food magazine Saveur’s Best Food Blog Awards, category Best Regional Cuisine Blog.
      - April 2011 I was featured on Protography101.
      - March 2010 I was featured in the Italian art magazine Bang Art!
    • In September 2009 Lucullian was featured in the Norwegian food magazine Mat&Vin.
    • In April 2009 an interview with me was published in DDN Cucine International, a very nice Italian food and design magazine that provides an online edition as well as the paper one so that you can take a look at it. You find my feature on pages 34-43.
    • In February 2009 Lucullian was included in The Times’s 50 of the World’s Best Food Blogs list.
    • Lucullian Delights have been nominated for the Food Blog Awards for for the last three years: 2008 in the categories Best Photography and Best Rural; 2007 in the categories Best Food Blog and Best Rural; in 2006 in the category Best Rural.
    • In December 2008, Lucullian was, together with 22 othe food bloggers, invited by Bon Appetit to participate in their Blog Envy Slideshow.
    • In September 2007, Lucullian was featured on Culinate.com

    About me:

    I am a professional food photographer who changed profession completely because of food blogging. I live in Tuscany with an Italian husband and three children in a tiny village. Living here in the countryside have taught me to follow the seasons when I cook and also to use local, genuine ingredients when possible – it is never difficult to find inspiration in a country where food is a big part of the national identity!

    My food is obviously heavily influenced by Italian cooking but my Swedish origins obviously shines through, especially in the things I bake, I love Swedish cakes and desserts! The success of Lucullian Delights has made it possible for me to now work as a food photographer and recipe developer, something I never would have imagined before I set off on this adventure five years ago!

    Some facts (easier this way):
    – The name of this blog, Lucullian Delights, is the ‘invention’ of my husband Marco.
    – I was born in Uppsala but spent my childhood in Kiruna in the extreme north of Sweden. Then we moved south again.

    – Food has always had a central position in my life, I always enjoyed baking and cooking and I have had the fortune to meet inspiring women who have taught me most of what I know. Sure, a lot of trial and error but the input has come from women who cooked a lot and well!

    – I used to be a vegetarian but after 9 years my body suddenly started to crave meat so I started eating it again. I am a firm believer of my body knowing more about my needs than I do. But I still prefer to eat vegetables.

    – I have a PhD in English Renaissance Garden poetry and I used to teach at the University of Siena but I have changed career completely.

    – I had my first solo photo exhibition September 2008. I am working on my second.

    If I come up with something else, I’ll update the list. Right now I’m stuck.

    And because I often get mail asking me which camera I use: I have a Canon 5D MarkII (older photos:
    Nikon D300, Sony DSLR-A100 and a Canon EOS 350D).

    You can contact me via e-mail: luculliandelights AT gmail DOT com.

7 Responses

  1. Heidi
    Heidi Thursday, October 25, 2012 at 2:13 PM · Reply

    Jag hittade din matblogg av en slump i somras men jag har redan provat en del av dina recept. Tycker din matblogg är magnifico och ännu roligare är det att du är svenska. Jag är själv från Malmö men bosatt i Varese-området med min italienske make och 3 barn.

  2. Joselle Crocker
    Joselle Crocker Friday, February 1, 2013 at 12:33 AM · Reply

    I researched google on a “whim” to find Pear and Ginger cookies.
    I was delighted to find your recipe. I have friends who love ginger.
    Please inform me if this cookie is as hard as a biscotti.
    Please give me any input about these cookies. Obviously I find the recipe intriguing.

    Thank you for your good energies to share

  3. Trembom
    Trembom Wednesday, March 27, 2013 at 1:22 AM · Reply

    I’ve been coming here a lot recently for inspiration. It’s great to see your lovely and cheeky face.; o )

  4. Dorothy Paradis
    Dorothy Paradis Saturday, April 13, 2013 at 5:21 AM · Reply

    I love your photography! You have an amazing eye. Thank you for sharing on this lovely blog!

  5. timelessitaly
    timelessitaly Sunday, November 3, 2013 at 3:27 PM · Reply

    I just stumbled upon your website and to be honest I couldn’t seem to leave it! Love your recipe choices and way of writing. Looking forward to following along!

  6. Tuscan olive grove girl
    Tuscan olive grove girl Friday, November 15, 2013 at 4:26 PM · Reply

    I’ve just discovered your site and am very happy I have… beautiful food, stories and photography. Thanks for sharing.

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