Vook is excited to announce that Judith Klinger’s CookVook, “Cooking Simply: The Italian Way,” is #9 in the iBookstore! Congratulations, Judith!

She took a few minutes to answer some questions about her passion for cooking:

Q. What inspired your CookVook?
A. I want to demonstrate that cooking at home with real food isn’t hard, and in fact, it can be fun. And what is better than delicious Italian style cooking? I believe in eating real food, sustainable, local and in season, and those are all things the Italians are very, very good at. Plus, I live in gorgeous Umbria and it was great to shoot the video on the “home turf” so to speak.

Q. What are some of your favorite recipes?
A. My favorite recipes are the ones that aren’t fussy and highlight good ingredients. Take risotto for example, once you know how to make risotto, you can make endless variations with what you have on hand: pear and Gorgonzola, seafood, porcini mushroom, and of course, truffle risotto.

Q. What do you like to cook on the weekends?
A. Check out my blog for last weekend’s bonanza here.

We are up in Snowbird Utah for the month, so this past weekend we had Black SableFish Brodetto, Sablefish Chowder and Side Stripe Shrimp Ceviche. What? You thought we were up here eating chilidogs?

Most nights we wind up with between 4 – 8 people for dinner and I never know how many are coming until about an hour before dinner.

Honestly, there is no difference between weekdays and weekend cooking. Maybe on the weekend I’ll do something more elaborate, but that’s only if I feel inspired. I cook dinner most nights and we always eat dinner together, even when we work late. I’m a firm believer that our family is so close because we always shared dinner. One of my happiest moments is when my son MMS’s me a photo of the dinner he made.

Thanks, Judith.

Watch her create some yummy smashed potatoes here and download her Vook here.

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