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’The Basic Art of Italian Cooking: Holidays & Special Occasions’ by Celebrity Chef Maria Liberati - selected for Gourmand World Cookbook Awards


’The Basic Art of Italian Cooking: Holidays & Special Occasions’ (ISBN 1928911020-9) by Celebrity Chef Maria Liberati, selected as Best Italian Cuisine Book in US for 2009 by Gourmand World Cookbook Awards.

Madrid, Spain — January 2010 — The Gourmand World Cookbook Awards have selected ’The Basic Art of Italian Cooking: Holidays & Special Occasions’ by Celebrity Chef, Maria Liberati (ISBN 1928911029, $19.95, art of living, PrimaMedia,Inc.) as the Best Italian Cuisine Book in the USA for 2009. The book has already been featured in many national publications. The winners are selected from over 26,000 cookbooks by a prestigious board of judges including Chairman-Edouard Cointreau; Dun Gifford, President of the Oldways Exchange and Trust Foundation in Boston, Mass; Jean Jacques Ratier, Commissaire du Salon International du Livre Gourmand, Mayor of Sorges, France; Bo Masser, Director of Booktown, Grythyttan, Sweden.

’The Basic Art of Italian Cooking: Holidays & Special Occasions’ joins a prestigious group of celebrity chefs and their cookbooks in receiving this award including Jamie Oliver, Heinz Beck and many others.

The book is the second book in the best-selling book series The Basic Art of Italian Cooking, created by Celebrity Chef, former international supermodel, Maria Liberati. Ms. Liberati’s blog at has over 100,000 subscribers worldwide and an online Shop filled with products she loves at OpenSky at

Maria is considered one of the foremost experts on Italian cuisine and culture in the US. She has been described as the ’Italian Martha Stewart’ (Celebrity Society Magazine 6/06).

Ms. Liberati combines her knack for penning charming short stories about life in the mountains of Italy with her recipes, some traditional and regional and other new creations that are based on the principles of Slow Food and the Mediterranean diet. She has brought the home cooking of Italy to the homes of the World in easy to follow recipes combined with charming stories of life in Italy, where many of the recipes originate from. She is currently at work on her own cooking show hosted from Italy, to be broadcast in the US.

’The Basic Art of Italian Cooking’ contains 213 pages of recipes, menus, decorating, wine pairing tips for Holidays and Special Occasions. However, as Ms. Liberati explains, “one can make any day a special one by using these recipes and menus any day of the week. You don’t need to wait for a Holiday to have one. Every day is a Special Occasion, enjoy it with special food and menus any day!”

Gourmand World Cookbook Awards will be held at le Cent Quatre, the new artistic center of the City of Paris. The Awards will be given on February 11, 2010, the day before the event officially opens.


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