Renee Restivo’s essay "A Hunger for Family: Finding roots at the table," about her ancestral journey to Sicily is the Italy chapter of the new National Geograpahic book, JOURNEYS HOME: Inspiring Stories, Plus Tips & Strategies to Find Your Family History NEW YORK (March 7, 2015)—With the recent surge in geneaological travel, National Geographic gives readers a passport to embark on a search for their family’s ancestry with JOURNEYS HOME: Inspiring Stories, Plus Tips & Strategies to Find Your Family History (National Geographic Books; ISBN 978-1-4262-1381-6; on sale Feb. 3, 2015; hardcover $26). The book includes a personal journey to Sicily, Italy as recounted by culinary educator and award-winning travel writer Renée Restivo. Read the Press Release for the book Journeys Home here. 

The return to your roots collaborative feature made the cover of national geographic traveler. 

Renée's essay about Sicily was part of a collaborative cover feature for the roots issue of National Geographic Traveler. A few years ago, Renée told the story (about her trip to her cousin's farm in Agrigento) to group of travelers in Italy while enjoying a long lunch of pasta, seafood and wine. A few months later, she was invited by National Geographic Traveler magazine to write the story up as a personal essay. Here's the link the original article "Going Home to Sicily," which was later expanded into the Italy chapter of the book Journeys Home

Listen to Renée tell her story on Native Traveler's Sicily Show, recorded in September of 2017. On the show, Renée had the pleasure of being a feature contributor, sharing the story of reclaiming her Sicilian roots and revealing food as a window to myriad layers of Sicilian heritage.

Renée is finishing her first book about her work and travels in Sicily now. Check out her food & travel photography at Renée's Instagram Page.