Alessandra Andrisani, Palo Alto Member Since March 2013 Artist Statement Alessandra Andrisani was born in Matera, Basilicata, South Italy. The fifth of six sisters, daughter of non-immigrant parents, she herself emigrated to the United States in 2003. She worked as a chef in California for a number of years, then returned to Matera to help a friend open a restaurant. Not fully satisfied, she turned her attention to painting and writing. Needing to settle on a path for her future, but unable to decide which of these three passions she wanted to pursue, she decided to put them together. Thus began this adventure in composing painted recipes in connection with anecdotes of her life. Her paintings are slowly gaining favor with the public and can be sampled with the first chapter (published on amazon) of her first upcoming and unique painted cookbook, which is part of a memoir that relates her childhood in Italy with the celebration of food and the art of living!