New Book Celebrates Family, Cooking and Living Well

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Author Yvonne Conte releases new book, “Cry, Laugh, Cook!”

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Yvonne Conte, author of the new book “Cry, Laugh, Cook!: A Collection of Essays, Conversations, and Conte Family Recipes” (published by Balboa Press), describes herself as a laughter, humor and joy expert. Coming from a long line of “laughter, humor and joy experts,” Conte often credits her expertise to her family.

“The Conte Family can trace its origin to Amaroni, a small town in the Province of Catanzaro, in southern Italy, in the region of [Calabria,” says Conte. “My great grandparents had three sons and two daughters. Their eldest son was my grandfather. He married Philomena Marrotta and had four children. The eldest was my father, Frances William Conte.”

An award-winning sales executive and popular public speaker, Conte distills her family’s lessons in cooking and homemaking to deliver a clever collection of essay on the art of living well.

“How often do we talk about our lives growing up? What lessons have we learned? What traits do we embrace?” Conte asks. “This is the fabric of our lives, our history. Recording the experiences and ideals that carry us through life is one of the greatest gifts we can give to our family. This book is an example of one way to share the gift of who we are.”

“Cry, Laugh, Cook!” is divided into three sections: a collection of essays, conversations with Gary Dunes, a long time fixture in the Central New York radio market, and 45 authentic Italian recipes.

“This book will show you how to live a joy-filled life even in today’s difficult times. I wrote this book because I want my grandchildren to know that same kind of family strength and loyalty that I grew up with. We cried a little bit, we laughed a little bit, and then we’d cook!”

About the Author
Yvonne Conte is a former award-winning sales executive. She has spent the past 22 years studying the benefits of humor, laughter and joy. Today she helps Fortune 500 companies create a positive corporate climate where laughter and humor is encouraged. Her clients include Xerox, Time Warner, AT&T, G E Global and Merck Pharmaceutical. Her first book [“Serious Laughter” sold over 50,000 copies, is printed in two languages and is used in colleges to teach students how to think funny. Her first printing of “Cry, Laugh Cook!” has received rave reviews.

Conte is the recipient of the Syracuse Women in Leadership Award and is an internationally recognized Stress Management Consultant, Corporate Culture Expert and Motivational Humorist who has been lecturing and writing for over 22 years on the subject of turning emotions into positive action, productivity, laughter and joy.

Balboa Press, a division Hay House, Inc. – a leading provider in publishing products that specialize in self-help and the mind, body, and spirit genres. Through an alliance with indie book publishing leader Author Solutions, Inc., authors benefit from the leadership of Hay House Publishing and the speed-to-market advantages the self-publishing model. For more information, visit To start publishing your book with Balboa Press, call 877-407-4847 today. For the latest, follow @balboapress on Twitter.


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