Mary Ann Esposito, with Ciao Italia: My Lifelong Food Adventures in Italy

Friday, December 14th, 2018, 7 p.m.

Gibson's Bookstore is pleased to host Mary Ann Esposito, host of CIAO ITALIA, the groundbreaking PBS cooking show (in it's 29th season making it the longest running cooking show on tv, predating even the Food Network!), in conversation with J.M Hirsch, the former national food editor for The Associated Press, as they discuss Ciao Italia: My Lifelong Food Adventures in Italy. Her trailblazing helped spark a billion dollar food media industry and paved the way for countless other television chefs. Fans have three words to describe her cooking style: traditional, authentic and passionate. From creating and launching CIAO ITALIA in 1989 to authoring 12 cookbooks, Esposito has inspired a worldwide audience who want to know more about Italian food and culture.

In personal essays, Mary Ann tells the story of how such beloved foods as Pamigiano-Reggiano, prosciutto di Parma, ricotta cheese and balsamic vinegar are made. She takes us to a San Marzano canning factory in Straino to learn what a San Marzano tomato really is and she introduces the reader to wonderful places off the beaten path, like the medieval stone city of Gubbio where a very unusual race takes place. Mary Ann also shares some of the unique experiences she has had both making and eating food with native Italians in their homes and restaurants. 

Ciao Italia: My Lifelong Food Adventures in Italy features recipes for over 160 authentic Italian dishes, along with 60 original full-color   food photographs by John Hession, as well as over 30 scenic images and personal photos from the author’s travel archives. The varying components of the book – recipes, tradition, narrative, photography – proves that la dolce vita is certainly alive and well in Italy.

J.M. Hirsch is editorial director of Christopher Kimball’s Milk Street and the former national food editor for The Associated Press. When he isn’t traveling the world in search of great food (follow his adventures on Instagram @jm_hirsch), he lives in New Hampshire with his son, partner and two cats. He currently is writing a cocktail book, and is the author of five previous cookbooks, including Christopher Kimball's Milk Street: The New Home Cooking, High Flavor, Low Labor, Beating the Lunchbox Blues and Milk Street Tuesday Nights.

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Event date: 
Friday, December 14, 2018 - 7:00pm
Event address: 
45 South Main Street
Concord, NH 03301
Ciao Italia: My Lifelong Food Adventures in Italy Cover Image
ISBN: 9781942155171
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Ciao Italia - November 2018