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Books That Make You is a channel about all things bookish. Home to the The Books That Make You show with host Desiree Duffy of Black Chateau Enterprises. Where she discuses books with authors and experts, unraveling the inner pages of all the books that help make us who we are. BTMY also live streams bookish events as well as posting author readings and bookish contest on

Dec 15, 2021

Books That Make Your Mouth Water—And Cook Like an Italian Chef

From grandma’s baker’s rack to every contemporary kitchen, there is something inspiring about those recipes. They help us cook like a pro, as much as we can, and, of course, make us ever-so-hungry.

David Ruggerio is no stranger to the Books That Make You show. A star chef turned author, he previously released his horror novel, “A Wistful Tale of Gods, Men and Monsters”, then “Goodbye and Goodnight”, a love story for the ages. Now, he’s here to share some of his incredible recipes with his new cookbook: “A Tomato Grows in Brooklyn”.

With this book, Ruggerio takes readers back to Brooklyn, introducing them to the Italian-American experience –and, most importantly, the cuisine – that he knows intimately.

New York Times food critic Bryan Miller says, “David Ruggiero has crafted an outstanding book: an evocatively written memoir of a special time and place that nurtured his rise to culinary fame, and a compilation of irresistible family Italian dishes, many with a brazen Brooklyn accent.”

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