Declarations of Love: Unexpected encounters, passions, music, and recipes to reunite us
Italian Beppe Gambetta is very well-known to guitar players in the flatpicking guitar world. He is an extremely talented guitarist, educator and entertainer who effortlessly provides great joy to his audience through his effervescent passion and commitment to, and enthusiasm for, his craft.
In this new book, Beppe’s passion and love for both music and cooking is present on every page. Here he recounts his fascinating story from his first encounters of life on the road through his latest activities and accomplishments, interspersed with many food recipes—including recommendations for wine, beer and music to accompany each meal. High quality photographs of the musical adventures and food preparations are included throughout.
I have known Beppe Gambetta for over twenty-five years and more than any other musician that I know, he has a talent for infecting others with his passion and enthusiasm for flatpicking guitar, fine food, and life itself. In the presence of his broad smile, lust for life, and vivacious personality one cannot help but feel uplifted. All of these unique qualities are present in this book and make it a great joy to read.
The back cover of the book describes Beppe Gambetta as an “ambassador of art,” which is highly accurate. He has learned how to unite people from diverse backgrounds and cultures through the sharing of music, food, and laughter. Whether performing on stage, presiding over an small jam session, cooking a meal for everyone at the campground or orchestrating the world’s largest guitar gathering (as related in the chapter titled “1000 Guitarists at the Court of King Norman”) Beppe Gambetta approaches everything with love, good humor, passion and sincerity. All qualities that are also evident in his wonderful new book.