Chasing Semolina by Piero Manno
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Chasing Semolina recounts the true journey of a shepherd boy from the remote hills of southern Italy who dreams of going to America. Determined to make his dream come true, he lands in New York on drizzling April day in 1971. First time author and chef Piero Manno describes his experiences in the new world with such moving candor that the reader can’t help but sympathize with the young man’s struggle as he adapts to American life and eventualy opens his own restaurant. This new endeavor, set in the San Joaquin Valley of California, is fraught with adversity. But with the help of his loving Old-World mother, Maria, who insists that the place be anointed against evil spirits before opening day, Chef Piero forges ahead with his venture. But will the casting of evil spirits be sufficient to make the restaurant succeed? Or will the chef lose his entire life’s savings and disgrace his mother in the process?

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Romance author Jayne Ann Krentz was born in Borrego Springs, California on March 28, 1948. She received a B.A. in history from the University of California at Santa Cruz and a Masters degree in library science from San Jose State University. Before becoming a full-time author, she worked as a librarian. Her novels include: Truth or Dare, All Night Long, and Copper Beach. She has written under seven different names: Jayne Bentley, Amanda Glass, Stephanie James, Jayne Taylor, Jayne Castle, Amanda Quick and Jayne Ann Krentz. Her first book, Gentle Pirate, was published in 1980 under the name Jayne Castle. She currently uses only three personas to represent her three specialties. She uses the name Jayne Ann Krentz for her contemporary pieces, Amanda Quick for her historical fiction pieces, and Jayne Castle for her futuristic pieces. She has received numerous awards for her work including the 1995 Romantic Times Reviewer's Choice Award for Trust Me, the 2004 Romantic Times Reviewer's Choice Award for Falling Awake, the Romantic Times Career Achievement Award, the Romantic Times Jane Austen Award, and the Susan Koppelman Award for Feminist Studies for Dangerous Men and Adventurous Women: Romance Writers on the Appeal of the Romance.
Published February 7, 2012 by Piero Manno. 328 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs.

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Food, and the high he gets from “working the line,” informs his thoughts and writing, and leads to metaphors such as: “the dreadful feeling of not fully sucking the marrow out of life persisted.” Like other foreigners before him, Manno shares keen observations about American food habits and cultu...

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