CRAZY FOR ITALIAN FOOD Reveals Italian Cuisine and Family Life in the 30s
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.