Mary Ann Esposito - Ciao Italia: Plant, Harvest, Cook!

presented in partnership with the Vermont Italian Cultural Association
Thursday, January 12, 2023 - 7:00pm
Event address: 
Phoenix Zoom Channel

Phoenix Books and Vermont Italian Cultural Association are honored to welcome Mary Ann Esposito, the creator and host of the nationally televised PBS series Ciao Italia with Mary Ann Esposito,to our Zoom stage for a discussion of her latest book, Ciao Italia: Plant, Harvest, Cook! 

Ciao Italia: Plant, Harvest, Cook! takes the reader on a seasonal home garden vegetable journey focusing on simple growing tips for anyone interested in growing their own vegetables and how to cook them Italian style. In simple language, anyone interested in growing their own vegetables whether on a grand or small scale will find this book filled with helpful gardening advice. No former green thumb necessary.

Over 30 years of trial and error and getting down and dirty, have been the foundation for this book, as well as a love for fresh homegrown food. The book highlights what's growing in the early spring garden, featuring such cool weather crops as lettuce, radishes and peas and as the pages turn, progresses to what's growing during the hot summer months with crops like tomatoes, eggplant and peppers.

Over 100 healthy and delicious recipes from soup to dessert are featured. Accompanied by beautiful food photography and photos from the author's personal collection, this book will make you want to plant, harvest and cook

Chef, author, and TV personality Mary Ann Esposito is the creator and host of the nationally televised PBS series Ciao Italia with Mary Ann Esposito.

The author of fourteen cookbooks, Mary Ann has worked beside world-renowned chefs Julia Child, Jacques Pepin, Martin Yan, Jasper White, and countless others. Through Ciao Italia and appearances on other television programs―including The Today Show, Regis and Kelly, QVC, the Food Network, Hallmark Channel, Discovery Channel, Fox, Martha Stewart Radio, RAI International, The Victory Garden and many others―she has shared traditional Italian cooking with audiences around the world through personal appearances and social media platforms.

Many organizations have recognized Mary Ann for her efforts to preserve the traditions surrounding Italian food and culture. In 2013 she received the Order of the Star of Italy Cavaliere from the President of the Italian Republic, as well as the Premio Artusi award for her work promoting Italian food. Johnson and Wales University presented her with the Distinguished Author Award. St. Anselm College conferred an honorary doctorate, and the Italian Trade Commission named her a 2010 Hall of Fame honoree. The Order Sons of Italy in America (OSIA) honored Mary Ann with the 2009 Lifetime Achievement in the Culinary & Cultural Arts of Italy, as did the National Italian American Foundation. As part of the focus of Ciao Italia, Mary Ann established the Mary Ann Esposito Foundation, whose goal is to continue fostering the traditions of Italian regional cooking in the United States by providing scholarships for the next generation of chefs.

Author photo credit: John W. Hession

About Vermont Italian Cultural Association:  The Vermont Italian Cultural Association (VICA) is dedicated to preserving and promoting Italian culture in Vermont.  We welcome anyone interested in Italian culture, arts, language, history and other aspects of Italian civilization. You don't need to be Italian to appreciate Italian culture.For more information please visit: https://www.vermontitalianculturalassociation.org

How to register:

Registration is free, but book purchases are welcomed and appreciated--thank you for supporting our author!   You must register on this page to attend the event. The event will stream on Zoom. You will receive an email with the Zoom link after registering. If you don't receive a confirmation email after registering today, contact us right away so we can check for problems now.

Purchase a copy of Ciao Italia: Plant, Harvest, Cook!  HERE.  If you ordered a book for store pick up, we will contact you as soon as it's ready.  If you ordered a book with shipping, please allow an additional 7-10 days for delivery after it has been signed. 

If you have signed up for the event and are having difficulty accessing it via Zoom, please contact us via email at tickets@phoenixbooks.biz throughout the event & will do our best to provide technical support as needed.