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If you love Italy and Italian food, if you enjoy learning about Italian culture and Italian food, and if you would like to know more about the history of Italy and Italian food in America, read  ...


Janine Fiori has many passions, and an invitation to the beautifully refurbished Inn at Montauk, New York, to attend a weeklong seminar about the history of Italian food combines three of them – food, Italy, and sexy Italian men.


During the week, lectures about the history of Italy and its food combined with cooking team workshops form the background for personalities that blend and clash, and relationships that develop and dissolve in the spectacular oceanfront kitchen and its East End surroundings.


This modern day romance combines a bit of suspense, interwoven with the history of Italy, the foods of each region, maps of Italy, and 37 recipes.






Very interesting. It is a perfect way to promote our country.” Antonio Mascello, Secretary of Lapam Federimpresa, an association of food artisans in Modena, Italy


When the characters emerge from behind the stoves, the novel becomes filled with romance, intrigue, suspense, and even a bit of mystery. Still, the novel's driving force is to educate people about Italy's history and cuisine … Unlike most novels, this one comes replete with souvenirs - recipes, lots and lots of recipes.” Francesca Di Meglio,


“"Con Amore" is a fascinating text filled with delicious recipes and interesting and useful information on Italian foods and cooking. The book is well written by a writer with a flair and a love for the subject.” Ralph Ferraro, Director, The Italian American Press


Not your average romance novel, ‘Con Amore’ can serve as a reference guide to the indigenous foods of Italy’s many regions as well as a cookbook of savory Italian recipes.” Nicole Giannettino, Sunday Sauce





Janice Therese Mancuso has created a charming modern day romance novel blended deliciously with appetizing regional recipes of Italia. Con Amore is the passionate story of Janine Fiori who adventures to a refurbished inn at Montauk, New York, where she spends a week learning more about food, Italy, and attractive Italian men. The delectable recipes that are interjected throughout the novel, along with their historicity, are indexed and can be created in anyone’s kitchen.


The book contains a very useful bibliography and a list of websites that help the reader to learn more about Italy and its traditions of good food and joyous festivals. Rich with romance and appetizing details, Con Amore is an enjoyable read, and one is tempted to create and sample every good recipe in it, beginning with "Apricot, Cranberry, and Pecan Bread Pudding" made from golden panettone to Rulli del Manzo con Ragu di Caffe (Beef Rolls with Coffee Ragu.) made with braciola, or thin sliced steak. Coffee mixed with tomato sauce may sound strange, but I am reminded how my Italian Zia Elena used to say, you can always cut the sourness of sauce with a little coffee. And her sauce was delicious.


What could be better than good food and adventurous and mysterious romance all mixed into one book. Yummy! – in any language, but particularly enticing when it is Italian American food and love.


Daniela Gioseffi, American Book Award winning author of 14 books of poetry & prose. Winner of The John Ciardi Award for Lifetime Achievement in poetry 2007, and the OSIA New York State Literary Award, 2008



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