Project Description

Cover for the book, Mama Tried. Features a yellow background with a hand drawn picture of a woman eating pasta.

Mama Tried: Traditional Italian Cooking for the Screwed, Crude, Vegan, and Tattooed

Author: Cecilia Granata · Subject: Cookbooks


Cecilia Granata grew up cooking with her family in Italy. As a vegan, she learned to adapt her favorite recipes from around the country to be animal-free while retaining the flavor and feeling of true Italian home cooking.

She shares her commitment to ethical and artful eating in this alphabetically-arranged volume with over 100 recipes, ranging from traditional favorites to homemade liqueurs to aphrodisiacs—all “senza sofferenza,” without suffering. The recipes are lushly illustrated with Granata’s food-inspired tattoo art.

About the Author

Cecilia Granata was born in Verona, Italy in 1983. She is a professional tattoo artist as well as a fine art illustrator and painter whose work has been shown internationally. She lives in Oakland, CA with her husband.

Your Daily Vegan Review

Mama Tried by Cecilia Granata is a successful marriage between a vegan cookbook and a work of art.

Nestled among traditional Italian recipes such as Carciofi Trifolati (Pan Roasted Artichokes) and Flan Al Cioccolato (Chocolate Fondant) are gorgeous illustrations that are reminiscent of the same style as vintage Jerry Sailor Tattoos. Only better, because they’re telling a vegan story.

Every detail of this book is meticulously hand-drawn. The recipes are easy-to-read and easy-to-follow, perfect for cooks with even the most minor kitchen experience.

Mama Tried is not only cool to look at with all of the artwork on every page; it’s packed with simple, authentic Italian recipes, too. It would make a great addition to any cookbook collection.


“This tasty little tome is may not win the Good Housekeeping seal of approval; its witty and flashy illustrations may be too hip for most mamas! But it’s clear Ms. Granata knows her way around a cutting board and a drawing board. A must for the most decorated gourmet!” — Thomas Woodruff, Chairman of the BFA programs for Cartooning and Illustration, School of Visual Arts

“What a surprise for me the book of Cecilia Granata! Lots of recipes, lots of chances to never get bored in the kitchen, to amaze our families, our friends, and everyone who shares the table with us, pets included.” — Mara di Noia, author of Tutto il Resto e Soia


Cover for the book, Mama Tried. Features a yellow background with a hand drawn picture of a woman eating pasta.