An American Girl In Italy.

Joan Erakit
Writer and essayist Joan Erakit serves up la dolce vita with a side of realism. Join in as she immerses herself in the culture, politics and cooking of her new home of Turin, and truly owns the narrative of what it means to be a black woman in Europe
Created 20 Mar 2021
  • Keys To The City
    14 Oct 2021 • 4 min read
    I spent 24hrs at Malpensa with great intention. In reality, I could have made the trip back to Torino when the curly-haired woman at the Etihad desk told me that there was absolutely no way that I cou...
  • Heartbreak Summer & Dream Boats To Croatia
    30 Sep 2021 • 4 min read • 1 0
    The summer has come to an end, and so has my need to have everything figured out. 2021 was the year of rest or at least figuring out how to rest. It was a summer of firsts. The first summer amidst a g...
  • To The Italian Men Who Give
    16 Sep 2021
    Dear You, I understand that sometimes you feel like no one sees the things you do. Maybe it even feels like the sacrifices you're making are going unnoticed. In a world that pushes selflessness, it's ...
  • The Recipe: A Goddess Insalata
    08 Sep 2021 • 3 min read
    I had a different recipe in mind for September, but after making (and eating) this salad twice in one week, I decided that it just had to be shared. This was an easy recipe to create and write because...
  • Chasing Saltwater Tears
    25 Aug 2021 • < 1 min read • 1 0
    I was around 10 years old the first time I tried to take my own life. My father was working in the office, my mom was at a doctor’s appointment and my brother and little sister were being cared for by...
  • Hitting Close To Home
    19 Aug 2021 • 5 min read
    Mother and child at a refugee camp in Jordan. CREDIT: Joan Erakit I sit across from a man who is trying to stifle his sobs. Out of respect, I try not to look at him directly, so I fumble over my keybo...
  • The Recipe: Italian Peach Cobbler
    13 Aug 2021 • 4 min read
    I’m not into sweets/desserts, but I love making them for others. Baking is an art — one that requires precise measurements and a whole lot of patience. It’s a process that asks the baker to slow down,...
  • It's Not You, It's Me
    28 Jul 2021 • 3 min read • 3 0
    As melodramatic as it sounds, I don’t like all people. I’m a good 20 percent of all the people that I know kind of girl — the older I get, the more that number shrinks. Tomorrow I will be 36 and I thi...
  • The Recipe
    27 Apr 2021 • 2 min read • 1 0
    I’ve been spending a lot of time in the kitchen. It’s not my fault that food and I have a solid, hard, and deep connection — it not only nourishes me physically, but it provides for much-needed solace...
  • Life's Too Short For Bad Sex
    19 Apr 2021 1 0
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