Sins Of A Queen | Valentina Cirasola | Author and Designer

“Life is too short, eat desserts first”

I have “cooked” up another book, a second one of the collection I plan to produce for the next few years. I am a native of Italy and as all Italians I have a passion for fast cars, fast thinking, quick actions, snappy temper, hot and vivid colors, but I love, love, love slow food. My mission is to introduce the southern food of Italy to the world. It is the kind of food I grew up with, made it the center of attraction for my entertainments and the subject of my classes.  Southern Italian cuisine conserves all the flavor of the land, a kaleidoscopic burst of colors and tastes, in an incredible elegant simplicity.

With this second book on Appetizers and Desserts, my goal is to show the readers how to cook simple, versatile specialties that can be used as appetizers, as much as ideas for healthy meals. Make these specialties in larger quantities and you have a meal, make them in bite sizes and you have appetizers. Antipasti in Italian, Tapas in Spanish, Hors-d’oeuvres in French, Appetizers in English, however you want to say it, they all mean the same: prelude to a tasty meal. Appetizers are the way “to open” the stomach, the anticipation of what ‘s coming an hour later. Always served with lighter wines, Champagne or Prosecco, appetizers are the excitement of late morning before lunch, or the early evening relaxation moments before dinner.

Yes, one can allow desserts at the end of a dinner, but they don’t have to add tons of sugar and calories to be good.
The sweets I am presenting in this book are made mostly of fruit.

©Sins of A Queen contains my personal hand drawings continuing the style of my first book and many historical notes on Italian food and their celebrations, providing a pleasant reading and various subjects to talk about at dinner table with your guests.
To know about food and to know how to eat; to know how to prepare and serve them is part of creating your own life in style.

“Bread And Wine: Table For Knights”

Copyright © 2011 Valentina Cirasola, All Rights Reserved

©Sins Of A Queen – Italian Appetizers and Desserts
published by Outskirts Press Dec. 14, 2010 – Pages 147 – 8.5 x 11 color paperback
ISBN: 9781432762063

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“Valentina – an International Professional Interior Designer is now giving you an opportunity to redesign your palate”. ~ Robert Taitano.

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Valentina Cirasola
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©Come Mia Nonna-A Return To Simplicity
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5 Comments (+add yours?)

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    Feb 02, 2012 @ 16:19:15

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  2. Hope Campbell
    Jul 23, 2012 @ 19:50:02

    I totally enjoyed your limoncello class, Valentina. I can’t wait to try my macerating limoncello.



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