I just finished reading this book - Pass the Polenta by Theresa Lust. Each chapter is a short story in which she describes her memories of particular foods and people from her past. A few of the chapters are on mushrooms, potato leek soup, Italian espresso, & scones...yes, scones. She's Italian too. Can't go wrong.
People say that reading (ok, "looking at") my blog makes them hungry. Reading this book will have a similar effect on you. It did on me - after reading this book I started drinking coffee from our Moka pot and made a batch of scones. I had to.