If surpluses are used in charity, or in cooperatives for human purposes such as home-building for the less affluent, life necessarily becomes simpler and the ideal of voluntary poverty cannot be far behind. The Christian doctrine of property becomes a reality, namely the retaining of a sufficiency of goods for an adequate life and the sharing of the remainder with the needy. In point of fact, millions of Christians, working for wages, actually live out this teaching on property. How else do we explain the world-wide network of the works of mercy supported by the small gifts of the many, Though there are Catholic millionaires, the masses of Catholics are rather the victims than the beneficiaries of corporations as they roam about the world seeking profits.
The resulting recipes are inspired by traditional dishes and flavor combinations, some of which, like Summer Risotto with Zucchini Blossoms, are downright classic in their approach. But Marchetti also plays with the rules, reimagining classic flavors into new combinations, the way she does for a sandwich of fried zucchini blossoms with tomato, basil, and mozzarella. Even where she plays with form, though, the flavors are resolutely Italian: eggplant, cauliflower, artichokes, shelling beans, peppers, rapini, and no shortage of garlic and extra virgin olive oil.