Advance Praise for Beyond the Pasta:
“Mark has captured the essence of the Italian people.” –Biba Caggiano, TV chef, cookbook author, and Sacramento restaurateur.
“Alabama and Italy—what a delightful and delicious combination.” –Fannie Flagg, Best-selling author and actress.
“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, chef and co-author with Edna Lewis of “The Gift of Southern Cooking: Recipes and Revelations from Two Great American Cooks.”