Italian Memoir, "Crazy for Italian Food", Shows How Bringing Family to the Table Pays Off

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From growing up during the Great Depression to authentic Italian food; a memoir of food by new author Joe Famularo.

I have many memories of growing up in an Italian-American home: where everyday delicious foods, lovingly prepared, remind us of our proud heritage,” said Mary Ann Esposito, host of PBS “Ciao Italia”.

According to the Library of Congress, in 1890, nearly 90 percent of laborers in New York’s Department of Public Works were Italian immigrants; so what type of food fueled their hard work?

In Crazy for Italian Food, Joe Famularo credits the importance of his Italian family dinners as the key that helped his family through the Great Depression and WWII.

Sharing stories of growing up in an eight-member Italian family, Famularo illustrates life in “Hell’s Kitchen”. With a unique combination of memoir and cookbook, Crazy for Italian Food ends each chapter with authentic and award winning family recipes. With sprinkles of Italian flavors, Famularo brings to life a vivid and authentic Italian experience for each reader.

“For my twelfth cookbook, I wanted to illustrate how many of my recipes were inspired by my Italian upbringing during the depression of the 1930s. With deep Italian (and American) values, Crazy for Italian Food conveys the importance of eating together as a family,” says Famularo. “I believe it helps to know where recipes come from; it helps make the food taste better. Hopefully this book will inspire families to cook, eat and share together in the old-fashioned Italian-American way.”

Already receiving high praise amongst the culinary and literary circles, anyone with a drop of Italian blood will appreciate the pieces of Italian culture illustrated throughout the book.

“Let Joe Famularo introduce you to his extended family and their reverence for Italian food in this endearing book, which for me brought back many memories of growing up in an Italian-American home: where everyday delicious foods, lovingly prepared, remind us of our proud heritage,” said Mary Ann Esposito, host of PBS “Ciao Italia”.

Crazy for Italian Food
By Joe Famularo
ISBN: (SC) 978-1-4797-9071-5
Pages: 341
Price: $19.99
Available at http://www.xlibris.com, http://www.amazon.com, and http://www.barnesandnoble.com.

About the author
Joe Famularo is an experienced writer who has won several awards for his 11 previous cookbooks, including two James Beard awards. He has also been the subject of several articles, appearing in the New York Times, Bon Appetit magazine, and House and Garden magazine, among others. Joe is currently retired as a Senior Vice President at McGraw-Hill. Currently he lives in Key West, Fla. and summers in Pawling N.Y.

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