New Book Delves Into Italian Cuisine and Family Life in the 30's

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Joe Famularo’s “CRAZY for ITALIAN FOOD” is a memoir of family, food and places, with recipes.

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Joe Famularo, who grew up with his Italian-American family in New York when the Great Depression was in full swing, recounts his youth, and how his family’s love for authentic Italian food helped them weather those difficult days. The narrative of his book, Crazy for Italian Food, primarily occurs in Hell’s Kitchen, on the far west side of Manhattan. At the time, the area was populated with Italian immigrant families, along with Irish, German and Jewish communities, and at that time, Italian cuisine was the most popular, as it is today.

Readers will come to understand how the act of dining together helped strengthen the bonds of these families, helping them endure the challenges they faced as immigrants. Aside from insightful, entertaining and many touching stories, each chapter also comes with recipes for scrumptious Italian food that readers can create in their own kitchens. The cookbook is already receiving high praise amongst culinary and literary circles.

“Joe Famularo should have a national radio program! His book is alive with more than recipes and how-to's. It is a "perdutamente" to not only Italian food but all food and all families. I want more, more, more!” says Norman Van Aken, James Beard Award Chef and co-author of "My Key West Kitchen.”

“You will fall madly in love (essere perdutamente innamorati) with Joe Famularo's Perdutamente! You will feel like you are one of Joe's brothers or sisters after just a few pages….. guaranteed,” shares Cesare Casella, an acclaimed New York Chef and restaurateur.

Mary Goodbody, a cookbook editor and author, also exclaims that: “Joe’s book is so heartfelt and honest, it’s hard not to love it. I know I did!”

Mary Ann Esposito, host of PBS Ciao Italia and author of Ciao Italia Family Classics, also has this to say: “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 reminded us of our proud heritage.”

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About the Author

Joe Famularo, a life-long New Yorker, now living in Key West, Florida, has written 11 cookbooks and won two James Beard Awards and an IACP award.

Crazy about Italian Food * by Joe Famularo
Perdutamente; A Memoir of Family, Food, and Place with Recipes
Trade Paperback; $19.99; 350 pages; 978-1-4797-9070-8
Trade Hardback; $29.99; 350 pages; 978-1-4797-9071-5
eBook; $3.99; 978-1-4797-9072-2

Members of the media who wish to review this book may request a complimentary paperback copy by contacting the publisher at (888) 795-4274 x. 7879. To purchase copies of the book for resale, please fax Xlibris at (812) 355-4079 or call (888) 795-4274 x. 7879. For more information on self-publishing or marketing with Xlibris, visit To receive a free publishing guide, please call (888) 795-4274.

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