Cookbook cover for CIAO ITALIA: My Lifelong Food Adventures in Italy

CIAO ITALIA: My Lifelong Food Adventures in Italy

Mary Ann Esposito

Peter E. Randall Publisher
November 1, 2018
ISBN-13: 978-1942155171


Mary Ann Esposito’s nationally televised PBS show, “Ciao Italia,” is America’s longest-running continuous cooking show with over 1.2 million viewers per episode. This longevity speaks to the trust that fans have in Mary Ann and to the passion and dedication she brings to teaching a wide audience about Italy’s artisan foods.  Author of 12 cookbooks with appearances on programs, such as “The Today Show,” “Regis and Kelly,” QVC, the Food Network, Discovery Channel, and FOX have given Mary Ann a unique platform. She has worked beside world-renowned chefs like Julia Child, Sara Moulton, Jacques Pepin, Jasper White and countless others. Various organizations have recognized Mary Ann for her efforts to preserve Italian food and cultural traditions: the Italian Trade Commission named her a 2010 Hall of Fame honoree; The President of the Republic of Italy honored her with a knighthood, the Ordine della Stella d’Italia (Order of The Star); She received the Premio Artusi award in Italy for her promotion of Italian regional food. The National Italian American Foundation and The Order of The Sons of Italy in America (OSIA) honored her with Lifetime Achievement Awards in the Culinary & Cultural Arts and St. Anselm College bestowed an honorary doctorate for her dedication to teaching and preserving authentic Italian cuisine.

Legions of loyal fans of Mary Ann Esposito’s groundbreaking PBS cooking show CIAO ITALIA have enjoyed cooking with and learning from this beloved television personality, a trailblazer who helped spark a billion dollar food media industry and paved the way for countless other television chefs. Fans have three words to describe her cooking style: traditional, authentic and passionate. From creating and launching CIAO ITALIA in 1989 to authoring 12 cookbooks, Esposito has inspired a worldwide audience who want to know more about Italian food and culture.