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Mangiamo!!! Italian-American Favorites
This is a collection of authentic Italian-American recipes that I've either tried or would like to try very soon. I grew up in an Italian-American family and I recall going to my Aunt Francis' house every Sunday for dinner. As I walked through her door, she would greet me by pinching my cheeks, kissing my cheeks, and then calling me "baby" (no matter how old I got). I recall the aroma coming from the kitchen. She was a wonderful cook and every Sunday her table was full of antipasti, spaghetti and meatballs, fried chicken, red wine, and several desserts. Not only was there an abundance of food, but there was also an abundance of family and lots of love. Occasionally, us kids would go through the kitchen to see what was on the stove, but it was very small and she would always chase us out of her way. We ended up playing outside most of the time while she finished cooking the much anticipated dinner. My Aunt didn’t read or write because she came from Sicily as a young child and had to help her mother take care of the younger children, therefore almost all of her recipes were lost when she passed away several years ago.
The photo on the cookbook is my step-son at about 8 years old eating my spaghetti and meatballs. I try to carry on the family tradition of making our traditional Italian meal every Sunday.