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Julia della Croce is a journalist and James Beard Award-winning cookbook author and cooking teacher. Many of her titles have been translated into 13 other languages and distributed worldwide. Her work has appeared in many publications including Cook’s, Food & Wine, Art & Antiques and the Boston Globe. She has broadcast extensively on radio and television, including NPR and the Food Network. Her blog, Forktales, has been cited by The New York Times' Diner's Journal "What We’re Reading" section.

Besides working toward the preservation of traditional Italian cuisine through publishing and teaching, Julia has dedicated herself to advocacy work for better food and sustainable agriculture. She pioneered an award-winning healthy school food program at an independent school in New York and developed a nutrition program providing natural food and local farm-raised produce to an emergency food pantry in New York City serving some 900,000 people every year. She serves on the advisory committee of the New York State Assembly Task Force on Food, Farm and Nutrition Policy. Read more about Julia on www.juliadellacroce.com.

Speedy spaghetti with last-minute lemon sauce. Credit: Nathan Hoyt

"Pasta is to the Italians somewhere between a sacrament and a psychotropic drug." So said Slow Food co-founder Folco Portinari of his countrymen's food

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Baked apples with amaretti filling. Credit: © Nathan Hoyt

Despite the myths that get bandied around about what was served at the first Thanksgiving, the only report we have, from Pilgrim chronicler Edward

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Sign on Fior di Latte window. Credit: Nathan Hoyt

It wasn't much more than 100 years ago that Boulder, on the storied Colorado foothills, was a lively frontier town at the gateway of

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Jack-o'-lantern. Credit: Nathan Hoyt

Halloween is observed in countries around the world, but probably no one celebrates it with the gusto that the U.S. does: the gallows pranks;

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Gelato World Tour winners of the "world's best gelato" category: John, left, and Sam Crowl of Cow and the Moon in Sydney, Australia. Credit: Dino Buffagnani, Gelato World Tour

The ancient Roman seaside city of Rimini, about 75 miles southeast of Bologna and birthplace of legendary film director Federico Fellini, evokes la dolce

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Baby Zucchini Quick-Pickles, "The Vegetable Chronicles," by Julia della Croce. Credit: Nathan Hoyt

It's August. If you have your own garden and you like baby zucchini as much as I, you know that while some food columns

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Peppery Steak, Potato and Arugula Salad, adapted from "Antipasti: The Little Dishes of Italy" by Julia della Croce. Credit: Nathan Hoyt

After tasting many of the Puglia's big, herbacious olive oils on a recent trip to Italy, I was keen to use them at home

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Main photo: Rolando Beramendi, left, founder of Manicaretti, with business partner, Sara Wilson, checking her cellphone, in the background. Credit: Julia della Croce

Just as fashionistas flock to the runways every season, culinary passionistas swarm the annual Summer Fancy Food Show in New York City for a

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