In life there are definitely a few pinch me moments. This is one of those moments for me. I have finally told my story in the pages of my new book, Italy is My Boyfriend. Now I am able to share the story of how we came to own several properties in Italy, how my love affair grew and how it all came about. It includes the ups and downs of living in Italy and is truly a pure love story of life and love. Life (and love for that matter) is not always what you think it will be, but that is what makes it fun right?
I’m proud to say my latest book is now available for pre-order here.
I am over the moon to share this tale with you. Stay tuned for book signing updates as the official release date is May 26, 2020.
Thank you to all the have supported me over the years in Italy and in the US; I could not have done it without all of you reading about my journey right here on the blog.
Because it was so much fun, I’m doing it again! Over the next few weeks, I am making several stops throughout Atlanta (and beyond!) to sign copies of my book, and I’d love for you to meet me there. With the gift giving season just around the corner, now is a great time to grab a few books and cross some names off of your list.
First, on November 9, I’m participating in the Elegant Elf Marketplace. I’ll be joined by an amazing cast of fellow authors, all of whom I greatly admire. This one is sure to be a great time!
Then later this month, I’m joining my friends at Hudson Grace for a Cocktail Italiano cocktail party. Hudson Grace is a fantastic store for scooping up props or finding gifts for everyone on your list.
December kicks-off with a book signing at one of my absolutely favorite stores, Paris Market in Savannah. You may remember that I’ve hosted several fun events at Paris Market in the past. The store is a dream, and I’m thrilled head back to Savannah to visit. Finally, on December 6th, I’ll be at Ballard Designs for a delightful evening with all of you at one of my favorite Atlanta interior institutions.
Here’s a quick recap, or visit my calendar for even more specifics:
Friday, November 9, 10 AM – 12 PM – Elegant Elf, Atlanta
Thursday, November 15, 5 – 7 PM, – Hudson Grace, Atlanta
Sunday, December 2, time TBD – Paris Market, Savannah
Tuesday, December 6, time TBD – Ballard Designs, Atlanta
Find the details for several of the events below. I hope to see you there!
Something you may not know about me…I love beer, so when I discovered this Italian summer cocktail, you can imagine I was quite thrilled. Beer combined with 2 of my favorite Italian spirits = mind blown. I think you will love adding this to your summer cocktail arsenal. Try it; you’ll like it. Of course it pairs perfectly with the salty goodness of potato chips. Look for this and other amazing summer cocktails in my new book Cocktail Italiano!
Beer Americano Serves 1
This is a cocktail that has become very popular all along the Riviera. Substituting beer for the soda makes this a very refreshing summer choice. It was created in Milan for the opening of the Trussardi Flagship Store by resident bartender Tommaso Cecca. Perfect for a sweltering summer evening. I love it.
You will need: – 1 ½ ounces Campari
– 1 ½ ounces sweet vermouth
– 3 ounces lager beer
– lemon zest, for garnish
Combine Campari, vermouth and ices cubes in a tall tumbler, stir to combine. Pour the beer into another glass, stir to create a stiff foam, reserve the foam with a spoon top the cocktiail with the beer foam, about 3 ounces.
**Note: For a lighter Americano feel free to pour 2 ounces of the beer in to the cocktail as well. However, this should be done before you top the cocktail with the foam.
I thought I would pull together my favorite bar supplies, so you can have everything you might need for your epic aperitivo parties this summer. When sourcing items for your home bar, don’t be afraid to think outside of the box. I’ve found some of my favorite items on Amazon!
Beyond necessary barware and glassware, you’ll also need the ingredients. Pick up your favorite spirits for your bar, and make it a point to stock popular liquors that can be used in multiple drinks. A local bottle shop is one of my recommended places to look. They always have the best selection and the most unique bottles.
Of course by now you have my book, Cocktail Italiano. It’s full of authentic Italian aperitivo cocktails and snacks (in some cases snacks so filling you probably will skip dinner). Having a fully stocked bar is imperative for getting the perfect cocktail again and again. Here are some great barware picks for your bar cart:
If you were not there, you missed a spectacular book launch party at Switch Modern in Atlanta last week. Roy and Doug, and Scott and Liz really know how to throw an event. The Aperol Spritzes were flowing non- stop, along with Campari sodas and lovely Italian aperitvio nibbles in the Switch Modern showroom. It was truly spectacular and the perfect way to kick-off the release of my new book, Cocktail Italiano. We had over 150 of the who’s who of Atlanta, and let’s face it: the party crowd was ready to roll.
Roy and Doug Owners of Switch Modern.
Betsy Riley Editor and Chief of Atlanta Magazine, me and Liz Lapidus of Liz Lapidus PR.
Me with Rachael and Justin, my right and left hands.
Me with Penny Randolph, who illustrated my map.
Me with Sandy; she flew in from Florida! Gotta love a fan.
Scott Reilly of Switch Modern, Liz and her husband, Jeff Levy.
My web manager, Nicole Letts, and her mother in law.
I had a great time chatting all things Italian Riviera, even though the line was so long, and I signed so many books. I hardly had time to chat. Thank you to the guys at Switch Modern, such an incredible launch. Liz Lapidus the best PR firm in the biz. Gorgeous fun, grazie mille.
Liz and Mary Logan Bikoff, Editor and Chief of Atlanta Magazine’s Home.
The lovely ladies from Americasmart.
Me mixing up a Campari Shakerato from my book.
For those of you asking, I am not going on book tour. Full disclosure: for my last book, I did go on tour all over the USA, but it’s not a thing as much as it used to be. I know it looks glamorous going from city to city signing books, but the truth is that most people buy books online and are too busy to come see you and have you sign their book. When I did my book tour at huge venues and food events last time, I would maybe sign 1 book. It’s just a different time in the world. Even big box stores have a small turn out. So if you would like me to sign a book, email me; we can work out the logistics, quite simply: email@example.com
I will do a few US book signings in the fall. But for now, I am concentrating on finishing La Fortezza, and conducting our many workshops in Italy.