Whether red and sauced or green and fried…

A tomato is still a tomato~

Fannie Flagg has written an endorsement for the book’s jacket. I received a very sweet note from her last week and her endorsement reads:

“Alabama and Italy—what a delightful and delicious combination.”

Most people will probably remember Fannie for her book “Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe,” which was later turned into the Academy Award nominated film “Fried Green Tomatoes.” She also followed up the movie with a cookbook of recipes from the Whistle Stop Café.

I remember Fannie most from the ‘70s game show “Match Game.” That show was always a little bawdy and very funny. Here is a clip of Fannie on the show—a clip that I remember well and one that still makes me laugh.

Buon appetito~
Mark

*The book’s website is still under construction, but you can add your name to the e-mail list which will notify you when the site goes active…meaning you’ll be able to BUY the book, Beyond the Pasta: Recipes, Language & Life with an Italian Family.

About the Author

Mark LeslieMark Leslie, seen cooking on NBC’s "The Today Show" and Hallmark Channel's "Home & Family," loves to cook for anyone with an appetite, vacations in Italy every year, and lives to eat his way through every plate of pasta and cone of gelato placed before him. His first book, “Beyond the Pasta: Recipes, Language & Life with an Italian Family,” tells of his life in Italy while cooking with an Italian grandmother. He shares his food experiences on his blog at www.beyondthepasta.com and has taught cooking classes in California, Georgia, Minnesota, Texas, and across Alabama. While judging for high school culinary events, he was chosen by the US Department of Education to judge for their "National Education Startup Challenge." Mark can be regularly seen cooking on NBC-affiliate, WSFA-TV 12's "Alabama Live! each Friday, bringing easy, locally sourced recipes to central Alabama. His iTunes app “Beyond the Pasta” features helpful videos and more of Nonna’s family-style recipes that she shared with him, plus, upon its release, it was named “New & Noteworthy” by Apple. DaVinci Wines chose Mark as their "2012 Storyteller" in Language Arts—where they sent him to Vinci, Italy, to write about wine, food and life. Mark, his home and book have been featured in such national publications and blogs as House Beautiful, Paula Deen, Food Republic, The Kitchn, Apartment Therapy, Field & Stream, and The Daily Meal. A Chicago-area native and “Yankee” by birth, Mark has lived in Alabama for over 24 years, and celebrates the fact that he started life eating farina, progressed to grits, and finally arrived at polenta. Buonissimo!View all posts by Mark Leslie →

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