PUBLISHERS WEEKLY- In this companion volume to his PBS series, Little Italy with David Ruggerio, the very busy chef retreads some very familiar ground as he offers recipes for such Italian American standbys as Neapolitan Stuffed Peppers and Zabaglione. Ruggerio is chef and owner of New York City's Le Chantilly restaurant. Here, however, he returns to his ethnic roots, playing the immigrant angle to the hilt in chatty, unfocused chapters organized around such themes as his grandmother and his friends. Recipe headers are anecdotal and often amusing, such as the story of a dog named Val (named for Rudolph Valentino). Some other headers are frustrating, however: the one for Orecchiette with Broccoli Rabe tells the reader ""fresh pasta is better"" but fails to include instructions for making orecchiette (there's a recipe for pasta dough, but orecchiette are made from eggless dough). Recipes for standards such as Pizza Margherita, Polenta with Sausage and Tomato Sauce and Amaretto-Chocolate Cheesecake are competently executed. A few vegetable pies--e.g., the Grain Pie traditionally prepared for Easter and a Pasta, Ricotta, and Dandelion Pie--offer fresh tastes. This is a bighearted, unpretentious cookbook--and Ruggerio has no qualms about promoting friends, insisting, for example, that Colavita olive oil is the best. Available on Barnes & Noble and Amazon
PUBLISHERS WEEKLY-Classically French-trained chef (formerly of Le Chantilly in New York City) and former Food Network host Ruggerio returns to his southern Italian roots (via Naples, Sicily and Brooklyn) with irrepressible enthusiasm. Ruggerio draws a distinction between the cooking of Naples (from his mother's side), which is ""colorful and accessible, using mostly basic ingredients,"" and that of Sicily (his father's homeland), which he describes as ""complex and subtle, calling for some `exotic' ingredients."" More than 150 recipes from both regions are folded into the book's seven chapters: antipasti, soups, pasta, fish and shellfish, meat and fowl, vegetables and desserts. Unlike many Italian cookbook chefs, Ruggerio sincerely attempts to enlighten readers about the country's regional differences. In short essays, he differentiates, for example, between the Neapolitan and Sicilian dialects and the ""Fisherman in the Bay of Naples"" and ""La Tonnara,"" the Sicilian tuna fishing tradition, often with tongue-in-cheek humor. The straightforward recipes aim for authentic, traditional preparations, such as Silken Scallion Soup with Squid, She-Crabs Marinara, Saut ed Sweet-and-Sour Tuna Steaks, Tripe Parmesan, Chicken Baked in Clay and Neapolitan Cauliflower Salad. Instructive sidebars introduce readers to Italian fundamentals, such as cooking pasta, filleting fish and roasting peppers. Alternating between entertainer and teacher, Ruggerio regales readers with countless amusing anecdotes, from yarns about his overprotective, meddling Sicilian aunt Josie (who insisted her daughter spend her honeymoon at home) to his hypochondriac friend Joey Baccala. Melding a bent for tall tales with alluring preparations, Ruggerio inspires readers to explore southern Italy with a smile and an adventurous palate. Currently available on Barnes & Noble and Amazon.
A Little Bit About The Novel...
Maxy Awards- 2019 Best Horror
Pencraft Awards- 2019 Best Fiction Horror
Can a village be inherently evil?
Welcome to Brunswick NY, Population 4,941.
On the façade, this sleepy hamlet comes to life every autumn with picturesque apple orchards, haunted corn mazes, fun-filled pumpkin patches and holiday hay rides. During a snowy Halloween, a young William Willowsby must battle evil forces that have been shielded by the locals for generations. On the outskirts of the town is the abandoned Forest Park Cemetery. All things wicked seem to revolve around the old graveyard. A rarely seen homunculus serves an evil task master. Together they weave a wicked web that attempts to snare the youth of the hamlet. A creepy graveyard, a spooky schoolhouse, an abandoned mortuary and a member of his own family will leave you simply sleepless.
Ghosts and Goblin's come out to play on October's final day!
Are you ready to be scared...join me in my ghostly tale of Gods, Men, and Monsters.
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