Apple pie: la Joie de vivre

Apple pie: Joie de vivre!

of Manuela Metra.

The aroma of cinnamon, nutmeg, and apples fills the air, welcoming me to the quintessential American delight: Apple Pie. It’s more than a dessert; it’s a symbol of “La Joie de vivre” — the joy of living. This pie embodies the warmth of home, not the legacy of family but the haven I’ve chosen and built for myself.

The Apple Pie, with its flaky, slightly salty crust, embodies perfection in imperfection. Its tender heart, filled with spiced sweetness, blends cinnamon and nutmeg’s pungency with the tartness of Granny Smith apples, striking a perfect balance. Paired with vanilla ice cream, it sparks a timeless conversation between warmth and coldness, weaving a narrative outside of time.

For me, making desserts and photographing them is a cherished ritual. It’s a celebration of happiness, reflection, creation, and solace. While desserts were a forbidden territory in my family, they became my sanctuary of culinary adventures. The talent was honed amidst the battleground of competition with my “Prussian” mother’s kitchen prowess and her harshest critiques. Yet, my love for the poetic beauty of desserts propelled me through unscathed.

Over the years, a special bakery called California Bakery emerged, with its glass displays filled with blueberry treats and a kind American lady behind the counter. Their exquisite cakes spoke of hope and a world beyond the battleground with my mother, introducing me to new tastes and perspectives. It was a ray of sunshine and fresh air at my doorstep.

Attending baking classes at California Bakery, especially one focused on Apple Pie, was transformative. It was a space of sweetness beyond critique, a glimpse into a new culinary world. Since then, English, and even better, American, have become symbols of optimism, renewal, and dreams fulfilled.

American desserts like Muffins, Apple Pie, and NY Cheesecake represent the sweetness of life, infusing joy into informal moments around the table. So, I’ve become enamored with these culinary delights, connecting them to joyful, informal gatherings like brunches. The emotional bond of family recipes or beloved recipes shines through in the photographs, like an echo. Through images, we capture not only flavors and aromas but also memories and emotions, making the kitchen a bridge between past and present, between heart and lens.


Hi, I’m Manuela, urban potter and Italian artist who’s passionate about exploring the expressive potential of clay. With a love for Wabi Sabi aesthetics and the beauty of imperfection, I create bespoke ceramics, paintings, and fine art photography. My studio, nestled in the charming city of Milan, is a magical box where creativity runs wild and beauty is abundant. Whether you’re looking to bring a touch of magic into your everyday life, or simply to explore your creative side through art therapy I’m here to inspire and encourage you on your journey. I bring art into the world and celebrate the beauty in every moment. This blog is my Artistic Salad, filled with creativity, beauty, joie de vivre, passion and tools for creative minds.

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