It has already received praise. The NY Times’ Bryan Miller says, “David Ruggiero has crafted an outstanding book: an evocatively written memoir of a special time and place that nurtured his rise to culinary fame, and a compilation of irresistible family Italian dishes, many with with a brazen Brooklyn accent.”
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
American Fiction Awards- 2020 Best General Horror
“Replete with tinges of Supernatural and Stranger Things, it brings to mind what you might get if director Tim Burton wrote horror novels!” —Manhattan Book Review
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.
BEST ROMANCE 2020, HONORABLE MENTION– NEW YORK BOOK FESTIVAL.
IRWIN AWARD-BEST ROMANTIC NOVEL 2020
ROYAL DRAGONFLY BOOK AWARD 2020
Say Goodbye and Goodnight, one of the best new romance novels of 2020, takes us to Brooklyn in 1977 where we meet an up-and-coming fighter named Anthony Marino who falls for Gia, who becomes the love of his life. But the hatred their affair attracts could be their demise. Set against the backdrop of disco music and the grit of the city, this book takes readers to a time in history that liberated a generation.
Ruggerio says, “Say Goodbye and Goodnight is a novel that I lived. I have laced this tale with real people and real places, and most of all, real romance. It was truly a labor of love that at times I had trouble putting down my feelings on paper.”
Ruggerio’s Say Goodbye and Goodnight has received advance praise from prestigious reviewers. Reader’s Favorite refers to it as to a “modern-day retelling of a classic Shakespearean tale of love enduring all forms of tragedy,” and Sublime Book Review recommends it as “a well-written, unexpected, and unconventional love story.”
WHAT ARE THE CRITICS SAYING?
"A scary and hair-raising story." -San Francisco Book Review
"A horror novel that gives you equal parts creepiness, sinister settings, and heart-pounding descriptions." -Sublime Book Review
" The author builds the tension, allows the fear to fester, and makes sure the reader is unable to put the book down until the end. The dialogues are crisp, the characters have a purpose and the plot moves fast. A Prison Without Locks is a terrifying story that you should read if you love horror and scary stories. " -Rating-5 Stars- Readers' Favorite
" The best way to sum this up is that it takes me at least three days to read a book – on a good week, that is. This one? I opened it to commence reading for the normal amount of time and got so enveloped in this tale by the end of Page 2, I quite literally did nothing but read for the rest of the day. Yes, there will be repercussions from that but, I guarantee, you’ll do the same. Surprises, revelations, a plot that sent shock waves through my system—this story is one I will never forget!-Feathered Quill
SHORT DESCRIPTION- Wawarsing is a quiet hamlet in the Catskill Mountains of New York. Population, 8,000 and dwindling daily. The village priest notices many of the locals dying under mysterious circumstances. Doctor Pretorius, the town’s physician, an odd fellow, bears a deep dark secret. The dead are coming back, and they hunger.
The priest needs help fighting the evil that hides in closets, basements, or under the bed. An elderly nun, with the aid of an archangel, comes to the rescue—the problem lies with who is really dead and who is really alive? One thing is for sure, be afraid of the night.
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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