The 3rd endorsement for “Beyond the Pasta”~

The book’s jacket is now complete!

I am very thrilled to announce that Beyond the Pasta: Recipes, Language & Life with an Italian Family has another endorsement for its back cover.

Native Alabamian and award-winning chef Scott Peacock has written the following endorsement:

“Mark understands and so beautifully conveys the transcendent nature of true cooking, cooking that comes from the heart and feeds not just the body but the soul. There is something universal about this that goes beyond culture, age, race, and gender—real food, real cooking, real sharing is something sacred and often under appreciated. His writing is smart, sensitive and wittily observed. Beyond the Pasta exemplifies how the act of cooking is intrinsically an act of sharing and affirmation, and has the potential to be an open expression of the heart.” -Scott Peacock

Scott and long time friend Edna Lewis co-authored the very popular cookbook The Gift of Southern Cooking: Recipes and Revelations from Two Great American Cooks. The late Ms. Lewis’s cookbooks are known to be a quintessential source for authentic Southern cooking. Until recently, Scott was the Executive Chef at the highly acclaimed restaurant Watershed, in Decatur, Georgia. Scott makes frequent appearances on such national television programs as The Today Show and The Martha Stewart Show. Here is a link to one of Scott’s appearances on Martha–click to watch.

The book is in its final design stages and is currently on track for its September 1, 2010, release. Further information about the book can be found in the tabs at the top of this blog.

A presto~
Mark

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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