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Michele fell in love with Italy on her honeymoon, when Charles was studying for his doctorate degree in sixth-century Byzantine-Sicilian relations. The couple has returned to Italy countless times since.
Michele Scicolone, a cookbook author and writer who specializes in food, wine and travel, has written 15 cookbooks. The Italian Slow Cooker was published in 2010 and The BLT Cookbook, with she co-authored with Chef Laurent Tourondel, was nominated for a 2007 James Beard Award. Other books include Entertaining with the Sopranos, and The Sopranos Family Cookbook, co-authored with Allen Rucker, which was a number-one New York Times bestseller published in nine languages. She also was an editor of the 75th Anniversary edition of the classic Joy of Cooking.
Michele wrote several books for Williams Sonoma including Savoring Italy, Essentials of Italian Cooking, and Mastering Pasta. In 2005-6, she represented Williams-Sonoma’s Mastering cookbook series on a 10-city tour, giving television and radio interviews, cooking classes, demonstrations, and book signings.
Her book, 1,000 Italian Recipes was nominated for a 2004 James Beard Award and was a main selection of The Good Cook book club. Italian Holiday Cooking was chosen as one of the Top Ten Cookbooks of the year 2001 by Food & Wine magazine. Michele wrote Pizza—Anyway You Slice It!, with her husband Charles. She was nominated for a Julia Child Award for A Fresh Taste of Italy as the Best Italian Cookbook of 1997 by the International Association of Culinary Professionals. La Dolce Vita, released in paperback as well as hardcover, was nominated as the Best Dessert Book of 1994 by the IACP. The Antipasto Table was nominated by the James Beard Foundation as Best Italian Cookbook of 1991. Michele is also the author of two books on fish cookery.
Michele’s articles have appeared in Bon Appetit, The Wine Spectator, The Los Angeles Times, The Washington Post, The Wine Spectator, The New York Times, Gourmet, Food Arts, and many other publications. Television appearances include Emeril Live, The CBS Morning Show, Good Morning America, and Cooking Live, as well as many local television and radio programs. She has served as a judge for both the Julia Child and James Beard Foundation Book Awards.
She teaches cooking at schools around the country including De Gustibus at Macy’s, Sur La Table, The Institute for Culinary Education, and Ramekins. She has been a spokesperson for Italian Trade Commission and has lectured on Italian culture and cuisine at The Smithsonian Institute, Hofstra, and Henderson State Universities.
Along with her husband Charles, she hosts food and wine tours to Naples, Sicily, Puglia, Emilia Romagna and Piedmont in Italy several times a year. Charles is a freelance wine consultant, formerly the wine and beverage director for New York’s I Trulli Restaurant and Enoteca, and Vino, an Italian wine store.