From the self-proclaimed heavyweight champ of Italian American cooking and owner of four incredibly popular restaurants in Florida and Las Vegas--a cookbook that includes all the staples of delicious Philly-style comfort food served up in the author's deliciously flamboyant style.
Has cooking ever saved a life? It definitely rescued Steve Martorano: from the streets of south Philadelphia and an almost certain end in jail or worse. And, 18 years after opening the original Café Martorano in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, he has two restaurants in Las Vegas, another in Hollywood, Florida, and a devoted and ever growing clientele (including a bevy of celebrities) who are more than willing to wait hours for a table. Now, in this personal, funny, delectable cookbook, Martorano offers us a wide range of the dishes that have made his restaurants so popular: along with his classic tried-and-true favorites like meatballs and gravy, fresh mozzarella stuffed hot peppers, and fried calamari, here is newer fare like grilled octopus with Meyer lemons, Sicilian rice balls with prosciutto di parma, buffalo mozzarella and braised pig's feet. And don't worry: he doesn't skip the cocktails or dessert!
About the Author:
STEVE MARTORANO is the owner of Cafe Martorano in Fort Lauderdale and Hollywood, Florida, and two Martorano's locations in Las Vegas, Nevada. He has also launched a Martorano wine label, pasta sauces, and a line of clothing. He currently resides in Fort Lauderdale.
Emmy-award winning broadcast journalist and leading Alzheimer’s advocate Meryl Comer’s Slow Dancing With a Stranger is a profoundly personal, unflinching account of her husband’s battle with Alzheimer’s disease that serves as a much-needed wake-up call to better understand and address a progressive and deadly affliction.
When Meryl Comer’s husband Harvey Gralnick was diagnosed with early onset Alzheimer’s disease in 1996, she watched as the man who headed hematology and oncology research at the National Institutes of Health started to misplace important documents and forget clinical details that had once been cataloged encyclopedically in his mind. With harrowing honesty, she brings readers face to face with this devastating condition and its effects on its victims and those who care for them. Detailing the daily realities and overwhelming responsibilities of caregiving, Comer sheds intensive light on this national health crisis, using her personal experiences—the mistakes and the breakthroughs—to put a face to a misunderstood disease, while revealing the facts everyone needs to know.
Pragmatic and relentless, Meryl has dedicated herself to fighting Alzheimer’s and raising public awareness. “Nothing I do is really about me; it’s all about making sure no one ends up like me,” she writes. Deeply personal and illuminating, Slow Dancing With a Stranger offers insight and guidance for navigating Alzheimer’s challenges. It is also an urgent call to action for intensive research and a warning that we must prepare for the future, instead of being controlled by a disease and a healthcare system unable to fight it.
About the Author:
Meryl Comer is an Emmy Award-winning reporter, producer, and business talk show host with over 30 years of experience in broadcast journalism. She is President and CEO of the Geoffrey Beene Foundation Alzheimer’s Initiative, which promotes early diagnosis, global innovation challenges and national public awareness campaigns like the 21st Century BrainTrust™, Geoffrey Beene’s Rock Stars of Science™, and the 2009 HBO Alzheimer’s Project. She was a recipient of the 2005 Shriver Profiles in Dignity Award and the 2007 Proxmire Award, and has been the subject of primetime news stories by ABC’s Nightline, PBS’ NewsHour with Jim Lehrer and featured in MORE and Washingtonian magazine.
The Cuban Table is a comprehensive, contemporary overview of Cuban food, recipes and culture as recounted by serious home cooks and professional chefs, restaurateurs and food writers. Cuban-American food writer Ana Sofia Pelaez and award-winning photographer Ellen Silverman traveled through Cuba, Miami and New York to document and learn about traditional Cuban cooking from a wide range of authentic sources.
Cuban home cooks are fiercely protective of their secrets. Content with a private kind of renown, they demonstrate an elusive turn of hand that transforms simple recipes into bright and memorable meals that draw family and friends to their tables time and again. More than just a list of ingredients or series of steps, Cuban cooks' tricks and touches hide in plain sight, staying within families or being passed down in well-worn copies of old cookbooks largely unread outside of the Cuban community.
Here you'll find documented recipes for everything from iconic Cuban sandwiches to rich stews with Spanish accents and African ingredients, accompanied by details about historical context and insight into cultural nuances. More than a cookbook, The Cuban Table is a celebration of Cuban cooking, culture and cuisine. With stunning photographs throughout and over 110 deliciously authentic recipes this cookbook invites you into one of the Caribbean’s most interesting and vibrant cuisines.
About the Author:
ANA SOFIA PELAEZ grew up in a famous Cuban family as the great-niece of the revered avant-garde painter Amelia Peláez del Casal. Raised in Miami and transplanted to New York, Ana Sofia launched her food blog, Hungry Sofia, in 2008 in an effort to discover the rich smells, heady flavors, and baroque rituals of Latin food. Since then, she has been featured by The New York Times, InStyle magazine,The Huffington Post, Food 52, Apartment Therapy’s the Kitchn, iVillage, and NBC Latino. She’s appeared on the Cooking Channel’s “Stay Hungry” campaign and Aarón Loves NY with Chef Aarón Sanchez. Most recently, Hungry Sofia was nominated by Saveur magazine as one of the Best Regional Cuisine blogs of 2012.
About the Photographer:
ELLEN SILVERMAN has photographed many bestselling cookbooks including Gwyneth Paltrow’s My Father’s Daughter, Daphne Oz’s Relish, Karen DeMasco’s The Craft of Baking, Chef Kurt Gutenbrunner’s Neue Cuisine, Tracy Zabar’s One Sweet Cookie, The Epicurious Cookbook, and the upcoming Jamaican cookbook by the Rousseau sisters, Bellyfull. An exhibition of her photographs of Cuban kitchens was shown at New York gallery Umbrella Arts, and was featured on NPR’s The Picture Show, on Gourmet Live, The Splendid Table, and in Saveur magazine.
Presented in collaboration with UM’s Cuban Heritage Collection
This gorgeous companion book to the PBS series illuminates an important, overlooked part of American history.
In this richly researched, beautifully designed and illustrated volume, Maria Laurino strips away stereotypes and nostalgia to tell the complicated, centuries-long story of the true Italian-American experience.
Looking beyond the familiar Little Italys and stereotypes fostered by The Godfather and The Sopranos, Laurino reveals surprising, fascinating lives: Italian-Americans working on sugar-cane plantations in Louisiana to those who were lynched in New Orleans; the banker who helped rebuild San Francisco after the great earthquake; families interned as “enemy aliens” in World War II. From anarchist radicals to “Rosie the Riveter” to Nancy Pelosi, Andrew Cuomo, and Bill de Blasio; from traditional artisans to rebel songsters like Frank Sinatra, Dion, Madonna, and Lady Gaga, this book is both exploration and celebration of the rich legacy of Italian-American life.
Readers can discover the history chronologically, chapter by chapter, or serendipitously by exploring the trove of supplemental materials. These include interviews, newspaper clippings, period documents, and photographs that bring the history to life.
About the Author:
Maria Laurino is the author of Were You Always an Italian?, a national
bestseller, and Old World Daughter, New
World Mother. Laurino began her career as a staff writer for the Village Voice and has written for
numerous publications, including the New
York Times, the Nation, and Salon. Formerly
the chief speechwriter for New York mayor David Dinkins, Laurino currently
works with New York Governor Andrew Cuomo and teaches creative nonfiction at
New York University. She lives in New
York City with her husband and son.
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One of the most colorful and successful football coaches of the last half century is ready to tell his story for the first time. Howard Schnellenberger learned his trade from two of the all-time greats, Paul "Bear" Bryant and Don Shula, winning championships with each mentor. Schnellenberger then took the football torch that was passed to him and became a transformative head coach at three universities. All three have now nominated him for the College Football Hall of Fame. For all of his personal triumphs, there have also been instances of crashing and burning. He was fired as head coach of the Baltimore Colts after a sideline showdown with the owner of the team. He walked away from the University of Miami to try to make his fortune in the ill-fated USFL. A move to the University of Oklahoma ended in humiliation. The coach talks about the wise decisions and the poor decisions he has made, and he shares the lessons he learned along the way. Schnellenberger's career has brought him into combat alongside or across the field from many of the greats. His high school teammate was the future Heisman Trophy winner and Green Bay Packer star Paul Hornung. Schnellenberger was an All-American player at Kentucky in 1952 at a time when players played both offense and defense. He later recruited or coached a stunning array of quarterbacks, including Joe Namath, Kenny Stabler, Jim Kelly, Bernie Kosar, Vinny Testaverde, Bert Jones, Roman Gabriel, Bob Griese and Earl Morrall. Schnellengerber served as offensive coordinator while helping Alabama and Bryant claim national championships in 1961, 1964 and 1965. His early career also included serving as offensive coordinator for Don Shula and the Miami Dolphins in 1972 during the only perfect season in NFL history. Schnellenberger took over a University of Miami program that was contemplating dropping the sport in 1979 and instead led them to 46 wins in 5 years and a national championship in 1983. He established a swagger at the U and set the school on a path to five national championships in two decades. He dabbled with Donald Trump at the upstart United States Football League that sued the NFL for antitrust violations. In 1985 he returned to his hometown and took over another struggling program at the University of Louisville. After three losing seasons, he built them into a football power. His time there was capped by a 10-1-1 record in 1990 that included a Fiesta Bowl victory over Alabama. He retired from coaching in 1995, having been part of four college national championships. Coach Schnellenbeger managed an encore performance, though, that is a crowning achievement. He came out of retirement in 1998 at age 64 to start a football program at Florida Atlantic University. His team became the youngest program ever to receive a bowl invitation. He won that game and was awarded the Sun Belt Conference Coach of the Year award. The next year his Owls won another bowl game, making the coach 6-0 and the winningest undefeated coach in bowl history. Coach Schnellenberger retired again after the 2011 season, but not before building a 40,000 seat on-campus football stadium. A statute of the coach stands guard at the FAU stadium. In Louisville, a 60,000-seat stadium is part of the Howard L. Schnellenberger Football Complex that he fought to have built in that city. Schnellenberger saved football at two proud universities. He launched football at a third. He has sent more than 60 college stars on to professional football careers. His stories about those players and the secrets to his remarkable success are the subject of this memoir.
About the Authors:
Howard L. Schnellenberger retired from the sidelines in 2011 after 29 years as a head coach and 18 more as an assistant coach. He continues to work at Florida Atlantic University as an Ambassador At Large. He and his wife, Beverlee, live in Boynton Beach with their Brussels Griffon affectionately named Safety Blitz.
Ronald C. Smith has a journalism degree from Boston University, a master's in education from Converse College and a law degree from Florida State University. Ron was executive city editor of the Sarasota Herald-Tribune, managing editor of the Chattanooga Times and editor in chief of the Boca Raton News. He is now a prosecuting attorney living and working in South Florida.
Each Day More, Elisa Albo’s new chapbook of poems, expresses
sorrow for the loss of cousins, colleagues, children, and victims of war and
abuse while also celebrating their lives and saying, “We remember.”
Florida poet and Broward College professor Elisa Albo has crafted a collection
of elegies that reflects on the loss of family, friends, and strangers, on “the
utter fragility between here and gone.”
is a fragile thing in these intimate, graceful poems that remind us of the
temporary nature of the everyday. Transcendent and bittersweet, Each Day More explores the trajectory of
loss and grief, and in the process, reclaims the joys of human connection, the
tender threads that bind us to one another and to the world.” --Silvia Curbelo
“I have long been an admirer of Elisa Albo’s
poetry, but in these poems her voice shines like never before. I am completely
taken by the sadness and wisdom.... Like great philosophy, Albo lets us
understand mortality as well as the triumph of the immortal human spirit....”
Blanco, Presidential Inaugural Poet and author of Looking for The Gulf Motel and The
Prince of Los Cocuyos: A Miami Childhood
“Elisa Albo’s Each Day More should be read and
then read again. These exhilarating and heartbreaking poems require attention
and invite reflection. They are smart and tender, intellectually provocative
and emotionally stunning.” --John Dufresne, No
About the Poet:
Elisa Albo’s new chapbook of poems Each Day More is a collection of elegies
that reflects on the loss of family, friends, and strangers. Her chapbook Passage to America, available as an
ebook, recounts her family immigrant
story and will soon be reprinted by Main Street Rag. Her poems have appeared in
numerous journals and anthologies, including Alimentum, Bomb Magazine,
Crab Orchard Review, Gulf Stream Magazine, International Literary Quarterly, Irrepressible Appetites, MiPoesias, The Potomac Journal, and Tigertail: A South Florida Annual. She
recently completed a collection of food poems, To Sweeten the Flesh. Born in Havana and raised in Central Florida,
Elisa received an MFA from Florida International University and teaches English
and ESL at Broward College. She lives with her husband and daughters in Ft.
Dos divorcios le han enseñado a Mariela Esteves que la vida es más fácil para las amantes que para las esposas. ¿Qué corazón necesita las complicaciones de esa obsesión humana con el dichoso felices para siempre? ¡El de ella no! Pero complicaciones son lo que resultan de su aventura con el muy casado Héctor Ferro, que para colmo, también es su inquilino. Las cosas en el corazón de la Calle Ocho de la Pequeña Habana, en Miami, se complican aún más cuando encuentran el cadáver de Héctor a pasos del edificio de Mariela. Todo ocurre en la víspera de su cumpleaños 40, obligando a Mariela a replantearse la vida supuestamente libre de problemas que se había forjado. Para complicar más las cosas, la muerte de Héctor detona el regreso inesperado de un don que Mariela había relegado por años y que jamás pensó volver a enfrentar: la clarividencia. De repente, las visiones llegan rápidas e inesperadas y los secretos de sus demás inquilinos, así como de los amores perdidos y los anhelos inconfesados de la Calle Ocho, serán revelados. ¿Logrará su sexto sentido que Mariela abra los ojos a las posibilidades naciendo en su propia vida, a la verdad sobre la muerte de Héctor, y quizás a los misterios de las vidas ajenas que la rodean? Con calidez, agudeza e ingenio, la premiada autora Anjanette Delgado explora el intento fallido, pero apasionado, de vivir y amar como se debe, transportando a sus lectores hasta el vibrante centro de la Pequeña Habana contemporánea: una comunidad humana e inmigrante, poblada por personajes inolvidables.
Sobre la autora:
Anjanette Delgado es unapremiada autora, ganadora del Emmy como escritora y productora de televisión. Graduada de FIU con un MFA en escritura creativa, ha escrito para Vogue, National Public Radio y Urban Latino Magazine. Su primera novela, La píldora del mal amor, ganó el Latino International Book Award por mejor novela romántica en inglés.
Tengo 50 ¿y qué? es el nuevo libro de Giselle Blondet en el cual la estrella boricua abre su corazón y con humor y honestidad se dirige a sus amigas mujeres, las “tonas” (treintonas hasta noventonas), compartiendo su inspiradora actitud ante la edad. Blondet inicia un movimiento de empoderamiento de la mujer para rescatar su femineidad y aprovechar la experiencia que da la vida para hacer cosas grandes y aprender a ser más felices conforme pasan los años. Con prólogos de Sofía Vergara, Alejandra Espinoza y Pamela Silva - Conde, Tengo 50 ¿y qué? nos asegura que cada año cumplido es un nuevo comienzo con infinitas oportunidades.
Sobre la autora:
36 años en la industria del entretenimiento, es una de las puertorriqueñas más queridas en el mundo. Actriz, conductora, filántropa y empresaria, Giselle Blondet es una de las hispanas más reconocidas y admiradas internacionalmente, quien a partir del
lanzamiento de su libro Tengo 50 ¿y qué?, lidera el movimiento de empoderamiento de las mujeres, en el cual comparte con amor y franqueza una actitud inspiradora ante la edad.
Actualmente lanzó su libro Tengo 50 ¿y qué?, es la imagen de L’Oréal Puerto
Rico, y en alianza con las tiendas Walmart,
ofrece a sus fans Gi by Giselle Blondet, su propia línea de ropa de cama con mensajes de inspiración y una variada colección de joyería.
Hasta 2013 fue la conductora oficial y fundadora de Nuestra
Belleza Latina, el reality show en
horario estelar de Univision más visto en la historia de la TV. En éste se convirtió en una especie de hada madrina que siempre ayudó a las concursantes a cumplir sus sueños. Giselle Blondet se destaca por su lema “cada año cumplido es un nuevocomienzo
con oportunidades infinitas”
Antes de Nuestra Belleza Latina, Giselle fue
la conductora fundadora de Despierta América, el popular show de noticias y entretenimiento de las mañanas de Univision, y el de más altos niveles de audiencia en la televisión hispana.