Ordering Information

$39.95, 8 x 10, hardcover, 320 pages, full color images, index
ISBN: 978-1-942155-48-5
To order copies visit Pathway Book Service.


Silver Medal, Cookbooks – 2023 Benjamin Franklin “IBPA” Book Awards!

Finalist, Cooking – 2022 Foreword INDIES Awards!

Winner, Nonfiction – 2023 NH Literary Awards!

Ciao Italia: Plant, Harvest, Cook!

by Mary Ann Esposito
Foreword by John Hession; food photography by John W. Hession

About the book

Mary Ann Esposito is the creator and host of the nationally televised PBS series Ciao Italia with Mary Ann Esposito™ (www.ciaoitalia.com). Her fourteenth cookbook, Ciao Italia: Plant, Harvest, Cook!, celebrates the fun of growing your own vegetables, whether container gardening in urban settings, or right in your own backyard. Twenty, tasty vegetables are highlighted with photographs, simple tips for growing, and recipes that let your home-grown beauties shine!

Praise for Mary Ann Esposito’s recent titles

“There’s no question of the authenticity of Mary Ann Esposito’s Italian recipes, but of all the Italian-American food writers, I think she possesses the most authentic Italian soul.”

—John Mariani, author of The Dictionary of Italian Food and Drink, and How Italian Food Conquered the World

“In Ciao Italia, her very personal gastronomic journey, Mary Ann reveals to us the extraordinary diversity and complexity of Italian cuisine and the importance of traditions, ingredients and regional cooking. Full of useful information and historical references, her lively story is told with the right touch of flair and confidence and reveals the soul of Italy.”

—Jacques Pépin, chef and author

“Once again Mary Ann Esposito shows the world why you don’t have to be Italian to eat like one, as well as being able to discover some of the wonderful culinary traditions of this special country.”

—Joe Mantegna, actor

“What a treasure—and what a delight to find Mary Ann Esposito’s new collection of recipes, based on her travels up, down and around the Italian peninsula. Her multitude of fans are certain to cherish this book.”

—Nancy Harmon Jenkins, author of many books about Mediterranean cuisine, coauthor with daughter Sara Jenkins of The Four Seasons of Pasta

About the Author

Chef, author, and TV personality Mary Ann Esposito is the creator and host of the nationally televised PBS series Ciao Italia with Mary Ann EspositoTM (www.ciaoitalia.com). The author of fourteen cookbooks, most recently, Ciao Italia; Plant, Harvest, Cook!, Mary Ann has worked beside world-renowned chefs Julia Child, Jacques Pepin, Martin Yan, Jasper White, and countless others. Through Ciao Italia and appearances on other television programs—including The Today Show, Regis and Kelly, QVC, the Food Network, Discovery Channel, Fox, Martha Stewart Radio, RAI International, The Victory Garden and many others—she has shared traditional Italian cooking with audiences around the world. Many organizations have recognized Mary Ann for her efforts to preserve the traditions surrounding Italian food and culture. In 2013 she received the Order of the Star of Italy Cavaliere from the President of the Italian Republic, as well as the Premio Artusi award for her work promoting Italian food. Johnson and Wales University presented her with the Distinguished Author Award. St. Anselm College conferred an honorary doctorate, and the Italian Trade Commission named her a 2010 Hall of Fame honoree. The Order Sons of Italy in America (OSIA) honored Mary Ann with the 2009 Lifetime Achievement in the Culinary & Cultural Arts of Italy, as did the National Italian American Foundation. As part of the focus of Ciao Italia, Mary Ann established the Mary Ann Esposito Foundation (www.ciaoitalia.com/foundation), whose goal is to continue fostering the traditions of Italian regional cooking in the United States by providing scholarships for the next generation of chefs. When not filming Ciao Italia, Mary Ann can be found in Italian kitchens giving hands-on cooking classes all over the “boot.”