MY ITALIAN GUESTBOOK
“My Italian Guestbook is an upbeat collection of stories about Annette Joseph’s revival of a twelfth-century fortress in the Lunigiana countryside. From the unexpected challenges of La Fortezza’s first photo-styling workshop to a romantic liaison between a local butcher and an American vegetarian, the colorful characters and entertaining anecdotes in this galloping read are bound to make you crave a Tuscan adventure or three.”
– Helen Farrell, Editor in Chief of The Florentine
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ITALY IS MY BOYFRIEND
“Annette Joseph has written a sparkling book, full of humor and insight, about the cultural roadblocks to buying a house in Italy. But luckily, she prevailed, with her love for Italy intact, and written a valentine of a book for all of us to savor. Brava!!”
“If you’ve ever fantasized about buying a European farmhouse in the middle of a vineyard (and who hasn’t?) you’ll enjoy house hunting with Annette through the Tuscan countryside. We’ve worked together producing magazines for more than a decade, so I have followed the search from afar and once even spent a magical week at her home in Alassio. The Josephs’ wildly entertaining tales of the crazy and often unwritten rules of real estate investing in Italy have made me laugh out loud, and now she’s sharing them with readers. This book has the ups and downs of all good love stories. There’s even a magic castle”
“This memoir of memorable moments is a guide to making our own memories – a reminder to feel deeply, to love greatly, to dream big and to notice the good, the bad and everything in between along the way, whilst always holding onto the vision of finding the secret key to our own happiness. I so embrace Annette’s generosity of spirit in sharing this guide to falling in love with living in Italy. ‘Fatene Tesoro!’”
Would wonderful beaches, great sunsets, wild friends, endless cocktails, and fabulous food be enough to keep this relationship together?
Annette Joseph’s years in Italy revealed this truth: Italy, in all its multifaceted, glorious history and culture has to be experienced in full. Over almost three decades, Italy has fed, entertained, confused, excited, lured, promised, lied, satisfied, occasionally disappointed, and utterly enchanted her. She’s left, but can’t stay away—she’ll always return. Always. Just like a beloved partner…Italy Is My Boyfriend will take you through the journey of finding love, life, and a sense of home. While often times a lonely, challenging place, never once did the love for this special place waiver. See how one very determined lady finds her dream place in the Tuscan sun.
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“Sipping spritzes with Annette Joseph is the most fun―and this beautifully photographed love letter to the easy-breeze Italian cocktail culture lets you do just that. Cocktail Italiano will have you shaking, stirring, and booking a ticket to Italy in no time!”
“Aperitivo is more than Italy’s early evening pause for drinks and snacks. It’s a state of mind, and Annette Joseph perfectly captures the ritual of the moment with her guidebook insights, sun-soaked images, and spot-on recipes. The book also reveals the marvel that is the author herself: a tireless hostess, a cultural ambassador, and an adventurer ever-thrilled to share her treasured finds.”
“Aperitivo” or “Apero” is an integral part of Italian lifestyle―it is the daily ritual of meeting late afternoon or early evening for a cocktail and a few nibbles. As a renowned expert on food styling and entertaining, and currently restoring a castle in Tuscany, Annette Joseph is an experienced, authentic guide to la dolce vita of Italy.
With chapters on twelve major cities along the Italian Riviera (including San Remo, Genova, Portofino, and Santa Margarita), each will feature unique cocktail recipes as well as regional appetizers traditionally served with cocktails, often as a beachside ritual. You’ll also find sidebars offering detailed info about local distilleries, celebrity barmen, cultural idiosyncrasies of bar life, famous hotels, and much more.
• Balsamic martini
• Campari with blood orange juice
• Lemoncello Margarita
• Mini meatballs with tomato
• Scampi poached in olive oil
• Fried sardines
Summery, beachy, and filled with beautiful photographs, Cocktail Italiano will excite readers who are drawn to the beauty and style of Italy, travel aficionados, cocktail lovers, photographers, and will offer the perfect inspiration to enjoy a bit of Italy at home (or, toss it in your bag and head to the Italian Riviera!).
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Picture Perfect Parties
“Simple, quick, always easy, and done with enthusiasm and effortless style, this is what Annette’s parties are all about. Like everything she does, Annette makes at- home entertaining accessible with delicious recipies and entertaining tips for truly memorable occassions.”
“Annette Joseph is the smiling Sherpa of hospitality, leading you to successful entertaining. you’ll be hosting stylish, smart, and authentic gatherings after a few page turns.”
This engaging how-to guide provides blueprints for a year’s worth of get-togethers, covering every holiday and occasion. From my years of experience, I’ve developed an arsenal of tricks for making entertaining easy, and I’m sharing them here for the first time.
My focus is always on making use of items that are already at hand in the house, ingeniously transforming the ordinary into the extraordinary—a style of entertaining that doesn’t require spending a lot of money.
My philosophy centers around the idea that the best way to bring people together and make food enjoyable is to create table presentations that excite the eye and delight the imagination as much as they do the palate. Sidebars sprinkled throughout give step-by-step instructions for the inventive trappings that make an event memorable, such as centerpieces, placecards, take-away containers and linens.
I’ve also included 100 recipes – some of which are likely to become everyday favorites around your house. From simple to lavish, Picture Perfect Parties delivers brilliant solutions to create fabulous and foolproof events. You can print the free pie box template from my book here!
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