Lamingtons & Lasagna is about history of the eating kind, especially of the Italian-Australian food history kind.

It is a work-in-progress by Tania Cammarano, who has a Masters in Gastronomy from Adelaide University, an unhealthy obsession with arancini and a severe dislike of Mrs Hannah Maclurcan.

Tania has recently started a PhD at Adelaide University.  It’s about food, Italians and Australia. She is interested in the contribution of Italian migrants to Australia’s national diet, as well as the many other factors that contribute to changes in a country’s  food culture. All of this means that she can continue to obsess about arancini. And pecorino. And pizza. And ricotta. You know, just the things that really matter…


10 Responses to “About”

  1. Luciana November 16, 2011 at 2:06 pm #

    Hi Tania, just discovered your blog and was very interested to read about your studies combining food, Italians and Australia being an Italian-Australian myself who loves cooking. I was also stunned to read your entry that Sirena tuna is made in Australia as like you I always thought it was from Italy. Amazing. It’s actually pretty cool that it’s an ‘Italian-Australian’ product. I don’t know if you’ve read Mezza Italiana by Zoe Boccabella about being Italian-Australian and travelling back to Italy. It came out this year and has become my favourite book. All the best for your PhD. Luciana

    • lamingtonsandlasagna November 16, 2011 at 2:31 pm #

      Hi Luciana,

      Thanks for leaving a comment and your good wishes for the PhD – I think I will need them!

      Also, thanks for the recommendation of Zoe’s book – I have heard about it but have not had a chance to read it yet. Hopefully over Christmas!

      Re: Sirena – yeah, I think it’s cool that it’s an “Italian-Australian” product too – and I look forward to finding out about more products like it.

      Take care,

  2. jenbaily January 20, 2012 at 6:23 pm #

    Hi Tania!

    I was doing some research for the upcoming Food Writing Course at Adelaide Uni in Feb and found your hilarious, informative and beautiful blog! THEN discovered you were in fact teaching a class as part of the week!
    Could not be more excited!
    I am so pleased to have found a blog which does not only inform and teach but makes me laugh.. so thank you!
    See you in a few weeks!

    • lamingtonsandlasagna January 23, 2012 at 8:04 am #

      Hi Jen,
      Thanks for your lovely comments! Looking forward to meeting you too.

  3. mira goes to market April 4, 2012 at 10:47 am #

    Hi Tania!
    You are one of my nominees for the WordPress Versatile Food blogs. Keep up the fantastic work.

    • lamingtonsandlasagna April 4, 2012 at 11:44 am #

      Thanks so much Mira! Looking forward to checking it all out and finding out more!

  4. ambradambra May 27, 2013 at 2:49 pm #

    Hi Tania. Great blog. Your latest event in Melbourne sounded great – shame I’m in Sydney. I started my ‘Good Bad and the Italian’ blog one year ago and enjoying posting immensely. It’s about food, film, family and growing up Italian in Australia.

  5. Maria Pata July 22, 2020 at 9:42 am #

    Ciao Tania. I have just watched your talk about the Italiano Cheese Company and it brought back great memories of growing up in North Melbourne. In particular selling Italiano’s Ricotta wrapped in greaseproof paper in our Italian deli/milk bar in Errol St.
    Thanks for the memories.

    • lamingtonsandlasagna July 28, 2020 at 2:05 pm #

      Ciao Maria, thanks for your message and watching the talk. Am glad it brought back happy memories!

  6. David J. GREENSLADE December 7, 2022 at 12:12 pm #

    I have the original of COOKING THE ITALIAN WAY or rather the 1960 revised edition of the 1958 first edition. It has a brown cloth covered binding and coarse thick brownish paper. I thought it must have been a post WWII book as the paper is so poor! So that is the true age: certainly not published in 1900 ! Daly published various books on Italy including Antique Italian Cooking.

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