A Wonderful Gift~

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Join in the discussion about Mark's Italian food, wine and travel adventures!

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Named DaVinci Wine's Storyteller 2012~

Read about Mark's travels and recipes in Vinci, Italy!

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On The TODAY Show~

Watch my appearance on NBC's "The Today Show" with Kathie Lee & Hoda. We had a blast! ~

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Named "NEW & NOTEWORTHY" ~ the iTunes "Beyond the Pasta" cooking app for the iPhone, iPad and iPod!

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 ~Blog Posts~

A Sunday in Italy ~ almost

Anna's Lunch Buffet image 1- Beyond the Pasta

My life lately has been all about Italy – the book is out, I have started doing interviews where I speak about my time living in Italy, and recently I sent the book to the family in Italy (they received them today). This past Sunday, a dear friend here in town invited me over for Sunday lunch. She is Italian …

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La Macchina di Santa Rosa~ una grande festa!

La Macchina Base E1283578961240

There was a huge festival in Viterbo, Italy, last night (Sept 3) … La Macchina di Santa Rosa (literally translated: Saint Rosa’s machine). Mere words will not do it justice. You may be wondering how a patron saint can have a “machine” and — “What in the world is it?” The “machine” is an over 5-story-tall tower, really more of …

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On the way to the top~

Atop St Peters

See and download the full gallery on posterous Put one step in front of the other… The final push is on to have the book make its September 1 release date. The journey from now until the book’s launch next week has me feeling like I am climbing a tower in Italy … I am terrified of heights and, yet, …

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Coming Soon~

Italian Pantry1

The launch of my book and the new website/blog! The book is at the printers and things are on track (I hope someone is knocking on wood at the moment!) for its Sept 1 release. Also coming soon will be a “new look” and “features” on the Mark Leslie/Beyond the Pasta blog. The one that I am most exited to …

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“Beyond the Pasta” Trailer~

Ravioli- Beyond the Pasta, Mark Leslie

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 …

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Publishers Weekly mentions Beyond the Pasta~


I am very excited to announce that my book Beyond the Pasta: Recipes, Language & Life with an Italian Family was mentioned in this week’s August 9, 2010, Publishers Weekly. Listed in their Cooking News section under Fall Cookbooks, By the Trends, Beyond the Pasta was listed under the heading: Everything I Need to Know I Learned From an Italian …

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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 …

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Everyone – dive into the pool!


See and download the full gallery on posterous Hmmm, trunks or no trunks?! It is summer and it is hot. And the heat reminds me of a day trip we took to Paestum, Italy. Paestum is south of Naples…actually south of Salerno in the Campania region of Italy—close to where the “laces of the boot start to meet the top …

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A boy named Sue ~

Amalfi from Hotel Aurora patio - Beyond the Pasta - Mark Leslie

See and download the full gallery on posterous You never have to go into the sun to turn red~ With the dog days of summer quickly approaching, the heat has me thinking about the beach and, with it being high travel season in Italy, I am sure Italy’s beaches are packed with the touring throngs. I spent five days in …

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This little piggy went to market~

  …and there will be no “wee, wee, weeing” all the way home! It is summer and, besides the HEAT, it can only mean one thing—farmers’s markets! Italy is famous for it’s farmers’s markets that, on any given Saturday, fill every piazza from Venice to Sicily.  When I lived in Viterbo, Italy, I only went to the Saturday morning market …

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