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~

*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.