Author Archive for: ‘mark’

There’s a fungus among us~

  Funghi…Mushrooms~ “Hey, you sure are a fun-guy,” my sixth-grade science teacher would say, trying to get us all to laugh at the lame twist of pronunciation on the word “fungi.”  “I think there is a fungus “among-gus,” he’d continue, as the brown-nosers in the front row would giggle and titter, while the rest of us in class would moan …

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Buona festa della madre

    Happy Mother’s Day~ My very first trip to Italy was in 2001. Richard and I took our mothers with us for a 10-day trip in Tuscany—Siena, Florence, Cortona, Montalcino, Rome, and many other little towns along the way. It was the trip of a lifetime; so much so in fact, that I talk about it in the “Prologue” …

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Whether red and sauced or green and fried…

via speakingofstories.org 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 …

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Let’s get cookin’!

  Sugo…a.k.a. Pasta Sauce~ Ciao Tutti! I thought I’d post a little online cooking tutorial for you to enjoy. It is broken into two parts—the original recording was too big to load it all as one. The recipe is from my soon-to-be released book Beyond the Pasta: Recipes, Language & Life with an Italian Family, which has an anticipated online …

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Le Parole del Giorno~ The Words of the Day~

See and download the full gallery on posterous MOSCA e ZANZARA~ The weather has been absolutely perfect this past week here in the Deep South. Warm, non-humid days and cool, crisp evenings have made it perfect for opening the windows and doors and eating meals outside, al fresco. And besides the blossoming azaleas, dogwoods, and soon-to-be flowering magnolias, the weather …

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First there was “Julie & Julia”…

  See and download the full gallery on posterous And now there is “Mark and Marcella” …well, almost…  While the book is being laid out and designed in West Virginia, I have been gathering endorsements/”blurbs” for the back cover. As I have written in the past, Biba Caggiano has written a blurb and several others are still in process. Recently, …

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Back to business~

See and download the full gallery on posterous **Thanks to everyone for their tremendous interest in my forthcoming book Beyond the Pasta: Recipes, Language & Life with an Italian Family. The book’s website is still under construction, but you can go to it and add your name to the e-mail list which will notify you when the site goes active…meaning …

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We have a publisher!

via gemellipress.blogspot.com Hardbound baby~ I am very excited to announce that my manuscript now has a publisher–Gemelli Press in Seattle, Washington. “Beyond the Pasta: Recipes, Language & Life with an Italian Family” by Mark Donovan Leslie is set to have a late summer/early fall release date. Soon it will be available for advance, pre-release purchase on line via Amazon, Barnes …

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Lights, Camera…

Play it again~ The response to my video on dishKarma has been wonderful, so wonderful in fact that it has been dishKarma’s featured video since March 1—and it is the 24th today. For those of you who haven’t seen it, I thought I’d drop it here on Beyond the Pasta for you to enjoy. If you haven’t checked out the …

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Il Sole~

See and download the full gallery on posterous Let the sunshine…let the sunshine in~ For the past three weeks I have been in Birmingham, Alabama working a production of The Marriage of Figaro. It has been glorious to sit in a room and listen to beautiful voices sing in Italian. What has not been glorious is the weather. Just when …

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