“Beyond the Pasta” Trailer~

Below is the latest trailer for my book Beyond the Pasta: Recipes, Language & Life with an Italian Family.

RELEASE DATE: September 1, 2010 by Gemelli Press, LLC.

The finishing touches are being done and soon this two year process from first keystroke to published book will be complete. Stupefacente!

When I started writing this book, I said that my only objective was to be able to have one copy published to give to the Stefani family as a tribute to their ability to accept strangers into their home and share their Italian language, culture, cuisine, and themselves with the world.  And now it seems that my dream is coming true.

Soon this blog is going to become an expanded website with many features. One of the features that I am most excited about sharing with you will be an area called “The Italian Pantry.”  There you’ll be able to download shopping lists for the recipes in the book, check out the “Top 10 Italian Stock Items” to keep on hand, recipes, photos, videos of Nonna, and much more!

If you haven’t signed up on my e-mail list to receive the latest news about when the new site will be launching, please take a moment to visit “Beyond the Pasta.”

Thank you for your interest in my blog and I can’t wait to share my Italian experiences with you in my book!

Ciao e a presto~


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 →

"Beyond the Pasta" is owned and operated by Mark Leslie. Unless otherwise specified all content, writing, recipes and photography is original and held in copyright through the Library of Congress. It may not be used without the express written consent of Mark Leslie.