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  • Italian Sketches: The Faces of Modern Italy

Deirdre Pirro is a current contributor to PRIMO Magazine. She translates excerpts of major works of literature either from English to Italian or Italian to English for PRIMO's Language department.

Here, Deirdre shows her writing forte in a concise and fascinating book about modern Italy. "Italian Sketches: The Faces of Modern Italy," is a recap of Italy's 20th century icons, from Maria Montessori to Giorgio Armani, from Sofia Loren to Pope John XXIII.

Drawn from Deirdre's column in "The Florentine," an English language newspaper in Tuscay, "Italian Sketches" portrays a nation whose modern cultural landscape remains largely undiscovered. The author's articulate prose, accompanied by Leo Cardini's eye-catching illustrations, captures the lives of those whose savvy or sacrifice changed Italy. Both dramatic and candid, these intriguing essays reveal a country whose questions can only be answered one sketch at a time.

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Buy the book “Italianissimo: The Quintessential Guide to What Italians Do Best,” a profile of 50 enticing Italian contributions to the culture and betterment of the world. Yours for just $19.95, with free shipping and handling.

  • Italianissimo

Authors Louise Fili and Lise Apatoff provide a detailed account of Italian life as it is lived today in Italy.

“Italianissimo” is a humorous and insightful rendering of the traits and trends of Italy; the likes and dislikes shared by a diverse people.

Each page is a topic of special interest to observers of Italians. For example, there is a page on line formation. We read that “For Italians, the concept of forming a line is tedious and boring; the etiquette of waiting has no place in their lives.” The authors explain how Italians flow into stores and soccer matches with no formation or direction. What governs crowd movement is argumentation, pushing and shoving; and yet somehow people move in and out with relative efficiency.

There is a page on food, a mainstay of Italian culture. We read how in Italy, eating is art. “Where else is the subject of dinner discussed at the breakfast table?” asks the authors. We then go on to read how regional cuisine is a matter of fierce pride and debate among Italians.

A number of other subjects arise, giving one a greater understanding of contemporary Italian life. Everything, from orphans to olive oil, is discussed as to how Italians perceive them and organize their lives around them.

Always humorous, with enchanting images to boot, “Italianissimo” is a book of wonders for those in love with Italy. Buy it today from PRIMO! Just $19.95, with free shipping and handling.

Buy the book “Immigrant & Passenger Arrivals” today! Yours for just $19.95. Free shipping and handling.

  • Immigrant & Passenger Arrivals

This is an index to the microfilm publications on immigration records of the National Archives. This book catalogs the many indexs of passenger lists of vessels that arrived in America's major ports. The lists cover ports, Baltimore, Boston, Philadelphia, New Orleans and New York. It provides indexs to the US custom service from 1820 to 1891 and the Immigration Naturalization Service from 1891 to 1957. This book can be used by those undertaking serious genealogical research, utilizing the many records of the National Archives.



Buy the book “Tuscan - A Culinary Journey of Discovery" today!
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  • Tuscan - A Culinary Journey of Discovery

From wild mushroom bruschetta to Livorno seafood stew, you will find all your Tuscan favorites in “Tuscan - A Culinary Journey of Discovery.”

With a rich climate and an array of timeless ingredients, Tuscany has capitalized on its wealth of produce, delivering stunning cuisine that is famous the world over.

For those with a sweet tooth there’s a chapter featuring desserts where delicious offerings like stuffed peaches with amaretto brush shoulders with white tiramisu.

“Tuscan - A Culinary Journey of Discovery” is part of a series of books designed to let you discover the wonderfully diverse cuisines of the world. Each title features classic and contemporary recipes that can be made with ingredients that are readily available, offering you the chance to bring to your table tastes and culinary traditions enjoyed around the globe.

Here is a book that belongs in every Italian American kitchen. Buy "Tuscan - A Culinary Journey of Discovery" today.







Buy the book “Children's Illustrated Italian Dictionary" today!
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  • Children's Illustrated Italian Dictionary

The perfect book to teach your children or grandchildren the Italian language. Published by Hippocrene Books, famous for their language books and publications, the "Children's Illustrated Italian Dictionary" is an engaging and entertaining collection of English words and their Italian equivalents.

The book is 100 pages in length and quite sizeable at 8.5 x 11. Every color page comes with a host of watercolor illustrations that accompany, together, over 700 nouns, verbs and prepositions. The visual context allows children to quickly and accurately grasp Italian words. It is the first key step in learning Italian.

"Children's Illustrated Italian Dictionary" was designed for children ages 5-10. A child will make a connection between a picture and word for a fuller understanding of Italian.

A perfect resource for every Italian American family. Buy "Children's Illustrated Dictionary" today!










Buy the book “Michelangelo for Kids" today!
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  • Michelangelo for Kids

This book will fully immerse your Italian American children and grandchildren in the greatness of Michelangelo Buonarroti.

Published by Chicago Review Press and written by Simonetta Carr, "Michelangelo for Kids," conveys to readers the extraordinary life of Michelangelo in easy-to-read prose, with children in mind. It comes with 21 activities that allows young readers to learn the art techniques of the Italian Renaissance, such as making homemade paint, cross-hatching drawings, painting a ceiling, building model fortifications, and more.

The book is perfect bound, four-color glossy, consisting of 120 color pages at 8.5 x 11, horizontal configuration.

All aspects of Michelangelo's life is covered and children will gain a profound appreciation for his intense labor and discipline and his extraordinary achievements in sculpture, fresco paintings and architectural designs.

This is a book your children and grandchildren will read and utilize for years to come. Buy "Michelangelo for Kids" today!


Buy the book “Leonardo da Vinci for Kids" today!
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  • Leonardo da Vinci for Kids

Leonardo da Vinci is the model in this engaging book by Janis Herbert.

Published by Chicago Review Press, “Leonardo da Vinci for Kids,” is a biography of the great Leonardo that teaches and inspires children of all ages to seek greatness. It comes with 21 activities that are related to the art and scientific achievements of Leonardo, such as: how to paint birds and create animal art, how to master perspective, how to make a kite based on Leonardo’s design for a parachute, how to make a lute from a cardboard box, how to write in mirror script, and so much more.

The book is perfect bound, four-color glossy, consisting of 100 color pages at 8.5 x 11, horizontal configuration. Included in the book are many images such as Leonardo’s paintings, sculpture, mechanical designs and anatomical drawings.

The book begins with Leonardo’s birth in 1452 and ends with his untimely death in 1519. Conveyed to readers is the fullness of his life, from his great works of art to his experiments in civil and military engineering.

This is a book for you, your children and grandchildren! It is a book that will inspire and stimulate intellectual activity for the whole family. Buy “Leonardo da Vinci for Kids" today!



Buy the book “Verdi of Kids” today!
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  • Verdi for Kids

As opera singer Deborah Voigt writes in the book’s Forward, “Giuseppe Verdi was one of the best of all the opera composers…Even if you are completely new to opera, you would probably be surprised by how much of Verdi’s music you have already heard and do hear, in everyday life. Themes from his operas are used in movies, commercials, and celebratory events to this day, and are famous and familiar.”

“Verdi for Kids,” is an engaging and entertaining biography of Giuseppe Verdi, with special emphasis on his operas. The book conveys the complex musical arrangements of the composer and the painstaking creative process in his most famous operas, such as “Il Trovatore,” “Rigoletto,” and “La Traviata.”

“Verdi for Kids” comes with 21 activities to inspire young people to embrace opera and classical music. Some highlights are: How to design an opera costume, how to craft a panpipe, how to sing like a diva, and so much more.

“Verdi for Kids” is a perfect bound book; four-color glossy, consisting of 120 color pages. The book comes with a picture on almost page. We see Verdi in paintings and photographs, alongside the most famous opera sopranos and tenors of his day. We get an insider’s view of Italy’s finest opera houses in Milan, Venice and Naples. A side theme in the book is Italy’s fight for unification and the Risorgimento. We see how Verdi helped to rally his people toward the founding of the Italian nation.

“Verdi for Kids” will help your children better understand and appreciate Italian opera and one of Italy’s greatest musical geniuses - Giuseppe Verdi. Buy “Verdi for Kids" today!


Buy the book “Galileo for Kids" today!
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  • Galileo for Kids

The inventor of the telescope and father of modern physics is front and center is this new book by Richard Panchyk.

"Galileo for Kids," recounts the life and achievements of Galileo Galilei, from his birth in 1564 in Pisa to his inventions and astronomical observations in Florence and Venice; to his trial and punishment in Rome and the the development of modern physics before his death in 1643.

The book includes of hands-on activities to engage young readers in science, such as making a pendulum and pulsilogia, experimenting with gravity, and how to use aperture and other elements of a telescope.

The book is perfect bound, four-color glossy, consisting of 166 color pages at 8.5 x 11, horizontal configuration.

"Galileo for Kids" delves into the astronomical observations of Galileo such as the planets Venus, Mercury and Mars, the surface of the moon, the location of sunspots, the outer planets of Jupiter, Saturn and Neptune. The nature of planets and orbital physics are explained through many hands-on activities.

"Galileo for Kids" is a book your children and grandchildren will read and utilize for years to come. Buy "Galileo for Kids" today!



Buy the book “The Italian American Cookbook" today! Yours for just $25.95. Free shipping and handling.

  • The Italian American Cookbook

From minestrone soup and pasta salad to shrimp scampi and lobster ravioli, satisfying creations from Italian American kitchens have become all-American fare.

"The Italian American Cookbook" is written by John and Galina Mariani. The book is 450 pages in length and 7 x 9 size.

Some 250 Italian recipes are included with fascinating culinary lore and the best of beloved traditions.

Some highlights are Figs and Prosciutto with Gorgonzola, Shrimp and Fennel Salad, Duck Ravioli, Spaghetti alla Puttanesca, Risotto with Spinach, Porcini, and Peas, Swiss Chard and Feta Torta, East Meets West Oxtail Stew, and Quail with Apple-Fig Compote.

"The Italian American Cookbook" is a delectable of new and traditional Italian recipes. Buy "The Italian American Cookbook" today!



Buy the book “The Romans: Gods, Emperors and Dormice" today!
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  • The Romans: Gods, Emperors and Dormice

A children's book on the greatness of ancient Rome written and illustrated by the incomparable Marcia Williams.

The book is larger than most, at 10 x 12 in size and some 30 pages.

"The Romans: Gods, Emperors and Dormice" is the perfect book to introduce your children and grandchildren to the wonders of ancient Rome.

Meet Dormeo, your dormouse guide to ancient Rome. He leads readers to Roman gods and goddesses, to Romulus and Remus and the legend of Rome's beginnings, to Julius Caesar and his romance with Cleopatra and assassination. Other emperors are covered as are great Roman statesmen. Experience life as an ancient Roman and get to know the great inventions, innovations and societal advances that Rome brought to the world.

"The Romans: Gods, Emperors and Dormice" is a wonderful children's book. Buy it today and let your children and grandchildren embrace the greatness of ancient Rome.



Buy the book “The Italian Country Table" today! Yours for just $19.95. Free shipping and handling.

  • The Italian Country Table: Simple Recipes for Trattoria Classics

Get ready to fall in love with this beautiful cookbook.

Written by Maxine Clark, "The Italian Country Table" is her tribute to the food of the Italian countryside. This book is 140 pages. You are one with the terrain. It is the miracle of Italy - no matter where we come from, we want to be a part of it.

"The Italian Country Table" contains over 100 recipes, collected from home cooks throughout Italy. The book also comes with pages of full color photographs of finished dishes and photographs of country life in Italy.

"The Italian Country Table" will transport you to the Italian countryside in delicious Italian recipes. Buy "The Italian Country Table" today!



Buy “A  Book of Saints" today! Yours for just $19.95. Free shipping and handling.

  • A Book of Saints: An Evocative Celebration in Prose and Paintings

Within this book you will find stories of our most beloved saints, people whose lives have touched ours through their heroism, asceticism, devotion and faith.

Many of the saints included are Italian or spent much of their time in Italy. These are important figures revered in Italy as modesl of Roman Catholic faith.

The anthology comes with biographies of saints and their depictions by such Italian artists as Caravaggio, Tiziano, Vittore Carpaccio, and many more.

"A Book of Saints" is both inspirational and historical. Buy it today!



Buy “Churches of Venice" today! Yours for just $19.95. Free shipping and handling.

  • Churches of Venice

Written by Alessandra Boccato, "Churches of Venice" was originally in Italian but translated into English for an American audience.

This is an amazing book. Almost 200 pages in length and full of colorful photographs of church exteriors and interiors, architects and artists, blueprint diagrams and location maps of the churches in the city.

Venice is arguably the most beautiful city in the world. Her intertwining canals are only matched by her astouding buildings and exquisite architecture; most notably, her churches.

"Churches of Venice" examines some 60 churches throughout the city. These are masterpieces of construction by architects Mauro Codussi, Jasopo Sansovino, Andrea Palladino and more; with interiors decorated by such artists as Giovanni Bellini, Jacopo Tintoretto and Paolo Veronesi.

"Churches of Venice" is a beautiful and informative book that you and your family will cherish. Buy it today!



Buy “Politica e Prosa " today! Yours for just $19.95. Free shipping and handling.

  • Politica e Prosa

Published in-house by PRIMO Magazine. This is our first book!

"Politica e Prosa" is politics and prose. It is a  60 page anthology consisting of excerpts of speeches and novels from English into Italian. Read Italian words adjacent to their original English versions once spoken by Abraham Lincoln, Franklin D. Roosevelt, John F. Kennedy, Ronald Reagan and Mario Cuomo.

In addition, there are excerpts of novels by Charlotte Bronte, Robert Louis Stevenson, H.G. Wells and others that come with their original English text adjacent to new Italian translations. Featured also are English translations of the work of such great Italian writers as Dante Alighieri and Niccolo Machiavelli. Also included is the "Manifesto of Futurism" by Filippo Tommaso Marinetti and Italy's declaration of war by Benito Mussolini. Originally in Italian, their words come to you newly translated in English.

Essays precede the translations for a deeper understanding of the work.

"Politica e Prosa" is an excellent way to learn the Italian language. Buy it today!



Buy “Cucina Rustica" today! Yours for just $19.95. Free shipping and handling.

  • Cucina Rustica

Cucina Rustica translates as the "simple kitchen."

In 1990, authors Viana La Place and Evan Kleiman completed a personal journey to uncover "fresh, light style of Italian cooking."

Their discoveries are traditional Italian cooking in all the country's regions, provinces and villages.

The book contains some 12 chapters and 300 pages of mouthwatering Italian recipes and related themes. Everything is included from how to make Mortadella to how to make Zuppa dei Funghi (Mushroom Soup) to how to make Budino di Ricotta (Ricotta Pudding), and so much more. There is also a chapter on how best to organize your Italian kitchen.

"Cucina Rustica" is the perfect book to assist you and your loved ones in preparing Italian meals all year long. Buy it today!


Buy “How to Think Like da Vinci" today! Yours for just $19.95. Free shipping and handling.

  • How to Think Like da Vinci

A perfect book to inspire Italian Americans of all ages to be smarter, more industrious, more creative, and more successful.

Written by Daniel Smith, this book is a 200-page examination of why Leonardo da Vinci is a great role model for people today.

Leonardo was the greatest of Renaissance Men. Not just one of history's greatest painters, he was also a polymath, a sculptor, an architect, a musician, an engineer, an anatomist, a cartographer and a botanist.

The author explores how Leonardo's methods can apply to people today. Leonardo's unique approach to creativity, art and science can help you master all that life has to offer. From family crisis to changes in one's career, Leonardo's way of thinking is the right way to approach a problem and get things done.

"How to Think Like da Vinci" is a reminder of the awesome legacy of this great Italian. Italian men and women like Leonardo are still very relevant; even in our modern, high-tech times. Leonardo's example offers us substantive and practical ways to better ourselves. Buy this book today!


Buy “The Terroir Guides Food & Wine of the Italian Riviera and Genoa" today! Yours for just $19.95. Free shipping and handling.

  • The Terroir Guides Food & Wine of the Italian Riviera and Genoa

Taste the wonderful gastronomic traditions of Genoa and the Italian Riviera.

Written by David Downie, this book is almost 400-pages, with photographs of recipes and delicious ingredients.

Genoa, the Italian Riviera, Cinque Terre and 200 miles of coastline bring an array of distinct foods.

The cuisine, full of genuine, delicate flavors, exalts freshness and lightness, favoring local ingredients and artisanal methods. Regional favorites such as focaccia, farinata, and pesto differ from valley to valley and from one trattoria to the next.

"Food Wine The Italian Riviera Genoa" guides you to the most authentic restaurants, cafes, and specialty food shops, for unforgettable meals and local products, including wine, cheese and olive oil. This book also contains a glossary of regional dishes, ingredients, and preparations and maps to help you navigate from village to village. Buy this book today!

Buy “Panini, Bruschetta, Crostini: Sandwiches, Italian Style" today! Yours for just $19.95. Free shipping and handling.

  • Panini, Bruschetta, Crostini: Sandwiches, Italian Style

Move over pasta and pizza, here comes panini, bruschetta, and crostini!

Viana La Place gives us a world of Italian sandwiches in her amazing book “Panini, Bruschetta, Crostini: Sandwiches, Italian Style.”

Heavenly bread-based creations are on every page in this mouth-watering book. Some 140 pages contain stunning food photographs and easy-to-do recipes from all over Italy. Breakfast, lunch and dinner are covered. Bread-based recipes are great for antipasti, parties, desserts and indulgences any time of the day.

In “Panini, Bruschetta, Crostini,” you will find new and delicious ways to use bread. This book contains may recipes such as crusty rolls with crushed olives and artichokes stuffed with tuna; rosemary infused chicken and sweet peppers between country bread; a panini of prosciutto and greens or a panini for dessert - with bittersweet chocolate. These are just some of the combinations waiting for you in this amazing book.

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Buy “The Pasta Cookbook" today! Yours for just $15.95. Free shipping and handling.

  • The Pasta Cookbook

“The Pasta Cookbook” is ideal for young Italian Americans.

This colorful book is replete with new ways and new twists in cooking pasta. The recipes are easy-to-read and inspire the imagination in young cooks.

The book is 8-12 x 11 size and contains almost 50 pages with many colorful photographs.

Recipes are sometimes outside the ordinary. There is a recipe for Tagliatelle Turkey Bake, Chicken and Ham Lasagna, Spaghetti with Smoked Sausage and Carrots, and a host of other interesting recipes.

Give this book to your son or daughter when he or she leaves home. “The Pasta Cookbook” will make sure all their meals are authentically Italian.

Italian's what’s for dinner...always!

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Buy “Saving Italy” today. Just $21.95! And, as always, free shipping!

  • Saving Italy: The Race to Rescue a Nation’s Treasures from the Nazis

Hitler took control of Italy in 1943 and, with it, control of the greatest works of art in the world.

When the Allies invaded Italy in 1944, General Dwight David Eisenhower made it known that bombing and shelling targeted buildings were to proceed even if they contained great works of art inside. In anticipation of the coming onslaught, Hitler ordered Italy’s cultural treasures to be removed and brought to Germany. The task fell on Allied soldiers Deane Keller, an artist, and Fred Hart, an art historian, to follow American reconnaissance forces, find and retrieve Italian artworks before being destroyed in bombing raids or stolen by the Nazis.

Extraordinary research and prose makes “Saving Italy” an awesome book. Author Robert Edsel gives us a nail-biting account of how works by Michelangelo, Titian and Caravaggio were rescued. He tells us how “The Last Supper” by Leonardo da Vinci was saved from destruction in Milan and how the Nazis were stopped from stealing great treasures in the Vatican, the Uffizi Gallery and in many churches and palaces in Naples and Venice.

“Saving Italy” is the incredible real life saga of art, history and the preservation of culture in a time of war.

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Buy the book “The Tyrants of Syracuse” today!
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  • The Tyrants of Syracuse: War in Ancient Sicily, Volume II: 367-211 BC

Syracuse remains a dynamic city of Sicily.

Founded in the 8th century BC by Greek settlers, Syracuse was one of the most powerful cities of the ancient world.

“The Tyrants of Syracuse,” by Jeff Champion recounts the rise and fall of Syracuse. The city was at the heart of the Mediterranean and a target of conquest for the great powers of the time such as Carthage, Athens, Pyrrhus of Epirus, and then Rome battled to gain control of Sicily. The threat of expansionist enemies on all sides made for a tumultuous situation within the city, resulting in repeated coups that threw up a series of remarkable tyrants, such as Gelon, Agathocles and Dionysius.

In this second volume, Jeff Champion follows the course of the Syracuse’s wars from the death of Dionysius I down to the final epic siege of the city in 213-211 BC. Despite the resourceful resistance of the people of Syracuse, aided by ingenious inventions by Archimedes, the city was ultimately captured by the Romans, bringing an end to Sicilian independence. This is a story full of dramatic battles and epic sieges, skullduggery and heroism.

“The Tyrants of Syracuse” retraces the extraordinary history of Sicily.

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Buy the book “The Great Masters of Italian Art” today! Yours for just $39.95. Free shipping and handling.

  • The Great Masters of Italian Art

Celebrate Italian art!

“The Great Masters of Italian Art” is a condensed review of Italy’s greatest works of art from the 13th century to the 19th century. Five hundred years of masterpieces are showcased in this extraordinary book.

“The Great Masters of Italian Art” is a very large book: 9-1/2 inches width by 11-1/2 inches length and consists of 400 pages! Beautiful color photographs make up the entirety of the book. They show the greatest works of art by such masters as Leonardo da Vinci, Michelangelo, Raphael, Botticelli, Bernini, Titian, Giotto, Bellini, Tintoretto, Fra Angelico and so many more.

“The Great Masters of Italian Art” is written by Elena Capretti, an expert on Italian art. She shares her insight into what makes these works so exceptional. We learn the unique history of each painting and sculpture. We understand better the talents, styles and eccentricities of each Italian master.

Italian art is a history of individual and collective aptitudes. Innovation and change elevates one period of art over the next. “The Great Masters of Italian Art” conveys that extraordinary achievement of Italian artists and sculptors that remains the greatest of any that the world has ever seen

“The Great Masters of Italian Art” is a magnificent book about Italy and art. Buy this book today!

Buy the book “Leonardo” today! Yours for just $19.95. Free shipping and handling.

  • Leonardo

“Leonardo” is written by Dr. Daniel Kiecol, a historian who also works as a writer and lecturer.

Leonardo da Vinci exerted an enormous influence over the arts and sciences of the Western world, and almost 500 years after his death, his singular genius continues to fascinate us. Indeed, for Leonardo, art, science, and faith were inseparable, whether exploring the geometry of perspective for The Last Supper, understanding the anatomy of his models, devising new inventions, cataloguing mathematical forms, or designing great churches.

Boasting outstanding color reproductions on nearly every page, this affordable art book is quite compact (measuring just under 7½ inches square), yet offers a surprisingly wide-ranging survey of Leonardo's painting, drawing, and design work, with an introductory essay, titles, and captions on how the painting was done by Leonardo and the life of the woman portrayed.

The book comes in six languages - English, Italian, Spanish, French, German and Dutch. “Leonardo” is wonderful book that brings to life the great life and achievements of Leonardo da Vinci.

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“Leonardo” is a magnificent book about one of the greatest men in history. Buy this book today!


Buy the book “La Bella Figura” today! Yours for just $19.95. Free shipping and handling.

  • La Bella Figura

Beppe Severgnini knows Italy better than anyone.

A columnist for one of Italy’s top daily newspapers “Corriere della Sera,” Beppe covers his home country with insight and humor. He puts his knowledge and experience to good use in “La Bella Figura: A Field Guide to the Italian Mind,” a book about contemporary Italy, with all its joys, hopes and contradictions.

The well-written book is roughly 175 pages in length. Chapters are organized according to the days of week. It is as if the reader is visiting Italy for the first time and Beppe is your tour guide with an all-inclusive itinerary. Each day/chapter is a different Italian destination, i.e., Sunday (Milan), Monday (Tuscany), etc…However, the premise of the book is not Italy’s great landmarks, but rather her people and how they think and act.

Beppe is famous for his dry sense of humor and each sentence will make the reader smile and laugh.

“La Bella Figura” remains the funniest and most insightful of books about Italy in many years. A great book to read! Buy “La Bella Figura” today!

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Buy the book “The Notebooks of Leonardo da Vinci” today! Yours for just $25.95. Free shipping and handling.

  • The Notebooks of Leonardo da Vinci
As beautiful a book as it is insightful.

“The Notebooks of Leonardo da Vinci” comes in its own encasement and is replete with outstanding facsimiles of Leonardo’s many drawings.

“The Notebooks of Leonardo da Vinci” is compiled by scholar Edward MacCurdy. He translated into English Leonardo’s Tuscan writings, originally as reverse mirror text. This is the first book of its kind on Leonardo da

Richly illustrated, the book encompasses Leonardo’s drawings on nature, science, his inventions and his most famous works of art such as “The Last Supper” and the “Mona Lisa.” We see the workings of great Italian ingenuity on every page.

“The Notebooks of Leonardo da Vinci” dips into the thousands of pages and several journals that Leonardo accumulated. Combining Leonardo’s famous writings with his most beautifully detailed drawings and sketches, these extracts are divided into three sections - art, science and design - and cover topics as varied as painting, anatomy, the nature of flight, the scientific method and practical concerns of engineering.

“The Notebooks of Leonardo da Vinci” will be one of the best books in your library.

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Buy the book “Target Italy: The Secret War Against Mussolini” today! Yours for just $19.95. Free shipping and handling.

  • Target Italy: The Secret War Against Mussolini

In World War II, it was Britain’s Special Operations Executive that led the way in planting spies and agents in Italy and other Axis nations.

Italy was seen at the outset as a country that could easily be infiltrated. Yet, time and again, Mussolini’s security apparatus uncovered spies and assassins and proved a fair match to British espionage.

“Target Italy: The Secret War Against Mussolini, 1940-1943,” recounts the extraordinary effort among British spies, agents and underground Italian revolutionaries to take down Italy’s Fascist government.

“Target Italy” is the official history of British involvement in Italy during World War II. The goal was to sever Italy’s ties to Nazi Germany. Drawing on declassified documents, the book reveals missions as remarkable as a plot to assassinate Mussolini and plans to arm partisans and known criminals to overthrow the Italian government.

If you like spy thrillers, then you will love “Target Italy,” all the more so, because the events depicted are real.

“Target Italy” is an awesome book about Italy, Mussolini, World War II, and the intrigues of spies and espionage.

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Buy the book “Italian Ways: On and Off the Rails from Milan to Palermo” today! Yours for just $19.95. Free shipping and handling.

  • Italian Ways: On and Off the Rails from Milan to Palermo

If you plan to stay in Italy for an extended period of time, then you must get to know that country’s system of trains.

Italians rely on their railways as much as Americans rely on their highways.

“Italian Ways: On and Off the Rails from Milan to Palermo” by Tim Parks is the best book to help you understand Italy’s extensive railway system and how best to travel the country by train.

Parks is originally from Manchester, England but relocated to Italy in 1981. Not only an author of several fiction and non-fiction books, he is also a professor at the university in Milan. Parks lives in Verona and had to commute by train once a week to Italy’s second largest city. He found out the hard way the good and bad of Italy’s trains and railways. He shares with us his experiences taking the train, not only to and fro Milan, but also all over Italy, i.e., from Genoa to Florence, from Rome to Naples, from Venice to Padua, from Palermo to Agrigento, etc…

In “Italian Ways,” you will get a firsthand account of train travel in Italy in all times of the year and all times of the day. In addition, Parks shares with us historical information and anecdotes about the making of Italy’s railway system from the time of the Risorgimento to Mussolini to today.

“Italian Ways” is a well-written and informative book about Italy and the best way to travel in the country.

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Buy the book “Love Italian Food: Recipes for Friends and Family from a Home in Asolo" today! Yours for just $29.95. Free shipping and handling.

  • Love Italian Food: Recipes for Friends and Family from a Home in Asolo

We travel to the Veneto region to indulge ourselves in “Love Italian Food: Recipes for Friends and Family from a Home in Asolo.”

Writer Maddalena Caruso teams up with photographer Stefano Scata for a hardcover celebration of Italy’s gastronomic heritage.

“Love Italian Food” is a large coffee table size book that consists of 250 pages of incredible meals served at a rustic country villa in Asolo. Beautifully photographed, the food and setting convey the good life found in a small medieval village some 100 miles northwest of Venice.

Maddalena Caruso gives readers an intimate tour of her home in the Treviso province. Hers is an insider’s account of life in the Italian countryside. The food is seasonal. Family recipes rely on the yields of farmers. Highlights are Crema di radicchio con porri (Cream radish soup with leeks), Zuppa di orzo con fungi, allure e pancetta croccante (Barley soup with mushrooms, bay leaves and bacon), Dentice con verdure (Snapper with vegetables) and so much more.

“Love Italian Food” is the best way, besides actually traveling there, to see and indulge the offerings of Italian country living.

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Buy the book “Italian Bed and Breakfasts: A Caffelletto Guide" today! Yours for just $19.95. Free shipping and handling.

  • Italian Bed and Breakfasts: A Caffelletto Guide

Michele Ballarati and Margherita Piccolomini are owners of the Caffelletto bed and breakfast network in Italy.

With help from writer Anne Marshall, they provide an in-depth account of the bed and breakfast establishments throughout the peninsula in their book, “Italian Bed and Breakfasts: A Caffelletto Guide.”

The bed and breakfast concept had its start in England and eventually became a way to travel in the United States. Italy is a relatively new participant in this trend. Yet, the country is ideally suited to offer an array of bed and breakfast options through her many restored medieval monasteries, renovated villas, and beautiful country estates.

“Italian Bed and Breakfasts” is a four-color glossy book of almost 250 pages of the best bed and breakfast establishments in all 20 regions of Italy. Featured are exterior and interior photographs of specific bed and breakfasts with accompanying information on location, prices and amenities.

Traveling through Italy and staying at one of the many bed and breakfasts offered in such places as Tuscany, Umbria, Piemonte and other regions is the best way to immerse oneself in the culture and landscape of Italy.

“Italian Bed and Breakfasts” is the perfect book to find the most rewarding way to visit Italy.

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Hats off to the Martini! A drink enjoyed all over the world.

The classic Martini contains gin and dry vermouth in cold glasses with garnish of green olives, a pearl onion and lemon twist. Today, however, bartenders have conceived a variety of mixtures under the Martini banner.

“Martini - A Guide to 500 Classic Martinis” is a book of different recipes for this awesome cocktail. There is the “Black Beard Martini,” with two shots vodka, one and half shots creme de cacao and one shot blackcurrant schnapps. There is the “Raspberry Martini,” with two shots gin, one shot raspberry liqueur, and a half shot simple syrup. Hundreds of other recipes follow in this incredible book.

“Martini - A Guide to 500 Classic Martinis” comes with beautiful photographs. Every page contains a picture of a different drink. Gin, vermouth and many other spirits have never looked so good.

Nothing beats a good Martini - except, maybe, a book that conveys different ways to make it. Here is a book to be kept on your liquor cabinet, not your bookshelf.

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  • The Big Book of Pasta

“The Big Book of Pasta” is rightly titled. This is a large, hardcover, perfect-bound collection of Italian pasta recipes.

“The Big Book of Pasta” comes with almost 400 pages of recipes. The book begins with an introduction as to the versatility of pasta, followed by instructions on how to make everything from ravioli to tortellini, not to mention different sauces and stocks.

The book’s chapters are devoted to soups and salads, meat and poultry, fish and seafood, vegetables, filled pasta and baked dishes. Pasta never looked so good as displayed here in beautiful four-color photographs.

Recipes are either new and original or according to Italian customs in “The Big Book of Pasta.” There is Chicken and Bean Soup, made with ziti, Tuscan Veal Soup, made with vermicelli, and Pasta Salad with Bell Peppers, made with small shell pasta. All dinner recipes are delectable such as Tagliatelle with Meatballs in Red Wine Sauce, Pappardelle with Chicken and Porcini and Spaghetti with Crab. Baked dishes come with different varieties of lasagna and cannelloni and other recipes.

“The Big Book of Pasta” is the right book to prepare any and all Italian pasta dishes. Buy this book today.


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  • Nutella: The 30 Best Recipes

Who doesn’t love Nutella?

The hazelnut chocolate spread from Italy’s Piemonte region is found on the shelves of practically every American grocery store.

Nutella tastes great, all by itself, on a slice of bread. Yet, you can also use Nutella as the perfect ingredient for a host of delicious snacks and desserts.

Here now is a book entitled “Nutella: The 30 Best Recipes.” In the shape of a Nutella jar comes 60 pages of mouth-watering recipes that utilize the chocolate hazelnut spread.

Nutella has never tasted so good. Some of the recipes included in the book are especially inviting such as “Banana Tartlets with Nutella,” “Panna Cotta Nutella,” “Nutella Truffles,” and, the ever delicious “Nutella Cheesecake.”

Easy-to-follow recipes are accompanied by beautiful photographs of some of the most decadent and wonderful sweet dishes ever shown.

“Nutella: The 30 Best Recipes” is the perfect book to prepare a great dessert this Easter season. A delicious book, indeed!

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  • Gelato: Just Great Recipes

Would you like to learn how to make gelato?

If you’re answer is “Yes,” then this book is for you! “Gelato” by McRae Books is filled with sweet and flavorful recipes. You might be surprised to learn that gelato is not all that hard to make…if you read this book.

The recipes were compiled by Italian writers in Florence who know all there is about Italy’s creamy wonder. There are many recipes such as Mint Gelato, Mango Gelato, Gelato Cake, Semifreddo and so much more. The book consists of 35 easy-to-read recipes and beautiful photographs.

What a wonderful book!

Nothing compares to a bowl of icy cold gelato in summer. With “Gelato,” the book, you have the means to make the best gelato your family ever tasted.

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Buy the book “The Italian Country Table" today! Yours for just $24.95. Free shipping and handling.

  • The Italian Country Table

Lynne Rossetto Kasper, host of NPR’s “Splendid Table,” takes readers on a tour of Italy’s countryside in her wonderful book “The Italian Country Table.”

The Italian farm is the focus: The land, the terrain, the traditions - the food! Lynne traveled throughout the Italian countryside to gather the most unique and amazing recipes. Over 200 of them are included in this book with a section of beautiful photographs giving life to Italian food.

Some recipe highlights are “Gatto di Palate”, a lasagna made from potatoes in the farmland outside Naples; or a warm bean salad with tomato and herbs from Tuscany; or linguine with grapes, orange zest, spices and pistachios from Sicily.

Lynne, a grand daughter of Italian immigrants, knows Italian food well. With “The Italian Country Table,” readers will enjoy her writing and recipes all year long.

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Buy the book “The Everything Easy Italian Cookbook" today! Yours for just $21.95. Free shipping and handling.

  • The Everything Easy Italian Cookbook

“The Everything Easy Italian Cookbook” is perfect for the busy world we live in today.

The book is written by professional chef Dawn Altomari. She took a hard look at the many classical Italian recipes she grew up eating and preparing at her restaurant. Her goal: Make Italian cooking easier.

Dawn has re-conceived and re-imagined recipes from all over Italy. She has done us all a great favor. We can now cook Italian, no matter how trying or busy was the day.

The book comes with some 300 authentic Italian recipes simplified and streamlined: From bruschetta to veal scaloppini to tiramisu to so much more - all recipes come without difficult techniques or time-consuming steps. What we get are great Italian meals available to cook every night.

“The Everything Easy Italian Cookbook” should belong in everyone’s kitchen. The book is perfect for anyone who wants to cook Italian.

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Buy the book “Italian Horror Cinema" today! Yours for just $26.95. Free shipping and handling.

  • Italian Horror Cinema: The Most Influential Horror Films from Italy

Exclusively from PRIMO - A new book that celebrates Italy's horror films.

“Italian Horror Cinema” is an entertaining and informative book about some of the world’s greatest filmmakers. Replete with stunning visuals, “Italian Horror Cinema” is a showcase of horror films that influenced a generation of American filmmakers, i.e., Martin Scorsese, Quentin Tarantino, Ridley Scott, John Carpenter, George A. Romero and Wes Craven.

“Italian Horror Cinema” explores the creative and technical innovations from Italy. The country invented new horror sub-genres and cinematic styles; later adopted by Hollywood and utilized today in all kinds of films.

“Italian Horror Cinema” is the perfect book for all Italian Americans who are rightly proud of great innovations from Italy. The book is also a must-read for all horror fans and for all lovers of international cinema.

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Buy the book “Pizza de luxe" today! Yours for just $21.95. Free shipping and handling.

  • Pizza de luxe: Deliciously authentic recipes for the world's favourite fast food

Pizza goes back to the future.

That’s the premise of Stefano Manfredi’s beautifully delectable book, “Pizza de luxe: Deliciously authentic recipes for the world’s favourite fast food.”

The author proclaims a new renaissance for pizza in Italy. “Pizza de luxe” contains the most delicious pizza recipes such as “Roman pizza with figs and prosciutto,” “Pizza with calamari, chili and ginger,” “Pizza with pancetta, wilted rucola and taleggio,” and many more recipes!

The book covers all steps in making pizza; including new flour combinations for the dough. There are beautiful color photographs on every page. Most fantastic are the mouth-watering photographs of the pizzas, themselves. Delicious!

“Pizza de luxe” is an awesome book about Italy’s greatest export: The incredible pizza. Buy this book today!

Buy the book “320 Italian Recipes" today! Yours for just $21.95. Free shipping and handling.

  • 320 Italian Recipes

This book pays tribute to the great gastronomic heritage of Italy.

“320 Italian Recipes” contains over 500 pages of incredible recipes with techniques and step-by-step instructions and over 1000 colorful food photographs!

These are tested recipes, both regional classics and contemporary creations. Such tried-and-true recipes are bruschetta, pizza Margherita all Napoletana, baked lasagna, fritto misto and minestrone soup. There are authentic recipes for risotto and polenta; fabulous fish and shellfish dishes, a wide variety of poultry and meat dishes, vegetable dishes, salads, desserts and more!

“320 Italian Recipes” is the only reference book you will need in identifying, preparing, using and cooking Italian. What a great book!

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