How to be Italian – Book Number Two!

For those who know or follow me, this might old news already! But news I love reporting time and time again. My new book, How to be Italian has gone off to print and is scheduled for international release in October 2021. It’s truly been the privilege of a lifetime to become a writer, a published author. Twice! After the success of I Heart Rome: Recipes and stories from the Eternal City, writing this book has been a surreal and emotional ride – during a pandemic no less!

I really had to dig deep to be creative during such a challenging time but Italy has always been my inspiration and muse and so I’m proud and (humbly! ;-)) confident in saying, I think you’re going to love it.

The book is a celebration of all things Italy and I know it will take you on a mesmerising journey through how Italians live, think, eat, drink, dress, travel, love, speak and have fun. I can’t wait to share more with you and for the world to celebrate the very essence and beauty of the Italian character.

A BIG thank you to my publishing house, Smith Street Books for believing in this project and my family, friends readers, fans and followers who have showed me such support and encouragement. In a dark year, this book has been light for for me. (Major thanks also to my editor Avery Hayes and designer Vanessa Masci!) Seeing an advance copy of it a few days ago, was a moment I’ll never forget.

Here is the book blurb and stay tuned across social media for updates, event dates, release and pre-order information! (Until then, info on orders can be found right here).

How to be Italian
What does it mean to be Italian?

Is it pausing to enjoy an aperitivo or gelato? A passeggiata down a laneway steeped in history? An August spent tanning at the beach?

This book is a celebration of the Italian lifestyle – an education in drinking to savour the moment, travelling indulgently, and cherishing food and culture. A lesson in the dolce far niente: the sweetness of doing nothing. We may not all live in the bel paese, but anyone can learn from the rich tapestry of life on the boot.

From the innovation of Italian fashion and design, the Golden Age of its cinema to the Roman Empire’s cultural echoes (and some very good espresso), take a dip into the Italian psyche and learn to eat, love, dress, think and have fun as only the Italians can.

I can’t wait for its release and to share it all with you!

Signing off from Melbourne (Rome bound!)

Baci, Maria

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