Joe "Dogs" Iannuzzi of Gambino Crime Family Fame to be Weekly Guest on Culinary Confessions on 1310 Independent KXAM Phoenix

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Former mobster turned cookbook author, Joe "Dogs" Iannuzzi will be appearing weekly on Kim and Don's Culinary Confessions radio program on 1310 Independent KXAM in Phoenix.

Joseph “Joe Dogs” Iannuzzi, formerly a member of the Gambino crime family, and author of Joe Dogs: Life and Crimes of a Mobster, The Mafia Cookbook, and The Mafia Cookbook Revised and Expanded (Simon & Shuster), will be phoning in from an undisclosed location each week to speak with Phoenix radio show hosts, Kim and Don, on their daily Culinary Confessions program.

Joe Dogs made a name for himself as a mobster but, after receiving a beating and taking revenge on the Gambino family by testifying at 11 major trials and several grand juries, he was placed into the Witness Relocation Program. Joe Dogs lost his protection when he agreed to appear on David Letterman’s show to promote his cookbook. Although the Letterman show cancelled his appearance, he received $7,500 and was told to “kiss off” by his government handlers. Joe Dogs became a man on the run, writing cookbooks, and making covert appearances to promote his Italian home-cooking style.

Kim and Don’s radio program airs on Phoenix’s 1310 Independent KXAM, Monday through Friday from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Joe Dogs will appear every Monday at 12:05 p.m. starting January 9, 2006, and will present one of his “to die for” recipes that he says anyone can cook with just a little know-how. Of course, his appearance won’t be complete without a generous portion of humor and stories about his Family life.

With his current status and his need to remain underground, Joe Dogs will be calling from places unknown every week. He’ll offer Kim and Don’s listeners a taste of mob-style cooking with easy to prepare, easy to learn recipes. With his newest cookbook, Cooking on the Lam: Further Mob Adventures and To-Die-For Recipes For When You’re in a Hurry to Eat and Run, the listeners are sure to get Italian cooking in the New York crime family tradition complete with a 5-boroughs accent you can cut with a knife.

Said radio host Kim of Joe Dogs’ last appearance, “I asked him if he’d ever killed anyone and, after pausing, Joe said that was rude. So, I asked him if he wanted to “whack me” and he said, “No, I just wanna cook for yous.” We can’t wait to have Joe back as a regular part of our show, he’s so colorful and his recipes really are to die for.”

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