Cooking With Clara’s Cookbook Brings Italy to Your Kitchen

Cooking with Clara
Cooking with Clara

Mangia! Cooking With Clara: Recipes of a Lifetime brings Italy to your kitchen — no passport required.

The cookbook, which comes from Chicago restaurateur Clara Lizio Melchiorre, gives every food lover the chance to be transported to the heart of Italy, through its traditional recipes.

“I really want this collection to be more of a storybook with recipes,” Melchiorre said in the book via Closer. “A blend of the values my brothers and I grew up with, a special heritage instilled in us by our parents.”

Melchiorre opened her namesake restaurant in Chicago more than 30 years ago in 1987, with the goal of treating every guest like family. Her book Cooking With Clara manages to bring the restaurant’s staples into any home, transforming one’s kitchen into a warm Italian eatery.

“In our family, we show love through food,” she said.

The book

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Cooking with Stilo: South Plainfield Resident’s YouTube Series is a ‘Kitchen Hit’

SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ – When the pandemic shutdown production of The Today Show, Katie Stilo, a culinary producer and food stylist for the NBC series, set out to adapt to a new ‘normal.’ In an effort to keep busy, Stilo turned her parents South Plainfield, NJ kitchen into a TV studio and, over the months that followed launched a social media platform and online cooking show while also publishing a collaborative cookbook.

“I enjoy being busy and especially enjoying expressing my creativity through food, so when I suddenly had an unforeseen amount of downtime I took it as a positive opportunity to explore a passion project I wouldn’t otherwise have been able to,” said Stilo. 

In March, Stilo (Stilo (@katie.stilo) and fellow culinary producer/food stylist Anthony Contrino (@anthonyissaucy) of Staten Island launched ‘Food ADKTs TV’ (@food_adkts), an Instagram page designed to bring culinary professionals – and amateur cooks – together,

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Ludacris is cooking in the kitchen on new streaming show

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Ludacris can rap, write songs, and act. He just can’t cook, and no, opening cans and slapping together bologna or grilled cheese sandwiches doesn’t count.

Back in his days of, as he says, not having “two nickels to rub together,” Ludacris would throw together whatever he could find, chow down and get back to his music.

“When men like myself are hungry, we just want to eat,” he said Thursday on a video call. “We don’t want to take 30 minutes to an hour to cook.”

He’s finally upping his skills in the kitchen in “Luda Can’t Cook,” a one-hour special that debuts Feb. 25 on the discovery+ plus streaming service. He gets schooled by chef Meherwan Irani, who introduces Ludacris to international flavors and techniques.

“It was an eye-opener and so many lightbulb moments for me,” he said.


Ludacris isn’t the only entertainer in the

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Westfield Valley Fair Teams With Kitchen United

Westfield Valley Fair, a shopping center in Silicon Valley, is partnering with Kitchen United, a ghost kitchen company, to deliver a streamlined, multi-restaurant ordering solution.

“Our partnership with Kitchen United introduces a new and convenient way for guests to experience their favorite food items on the go, while also driving increased revenue to our restaurant partners,” said Kate Diefenderfer, director of marketing for Westfield Valley Fair, in a statement.

“With the flexibility to place one order with multiple restaurants simultaneously, regardless of location, restaurants have the ability to capitalize on the demand for food to go, while our guests receive a customized dining experience,” she added.

The partnership will bring the MIX platform, Kitchen United’s multi-concept ordering technology, to the shopping center format. Kitchen United houses multiple restaurant brands under one roof for delivery and takeout.

Restaurants located within Valley

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