Michele Scicolone is a food writer and the author of  19 cookbooks.  Her latest, The Italian Vegetable Cookbook:  200 Favorite Recipes for Antipasti, Soups, Pasta, Main Dishes and Desserts (HMH), was published in March 2014. Her previous book, The Italian Slow Cooker (HMH), was the #1 Bestselling Italian Cookbook for 3 months.  She is also the author of the #1 New York Times Bestseller The Sopranos Family Cookbook. Other books include 1000 Italian Recipes, and Pizza--Anyway You Slice It!,  co-authored with her husband Charles Scicolone, an Italian wine (and pizza) authority. She has written about food, wine, and travel for many publications, includingThe Los Angeles Times, The Washington Post, The New York Times, The Wine Spectator, Food & Wine, and Bon Appetit.  She teaches cooking classes and lectures around the country.

What ‘ingredients’ allowed you to make it to the top?
Hard work, passion, study, interest in people, travel, and all things Italian.

What’s the main feature of your personality?

Your favorite dish?
Pasta in one form or another.

What ingredient do you use most in your work?
Extra virgin olive oil from Italy.

When you’re not in the kitchen what is it you like to do?
Yoga, reading, and listening to opera.

What’s your relationship with art and what is your favorite form of art?
Art inspires and relaxes me.  It opens my mind to new ideas.  My favorite art forms are paintings and music.

What would you rather be a painting or a work of art?
I would prefer to be a sculpture.

If you were a film…?
The Leopard.

If you were a book...?
Il Talismano della Felicita.

What chef do you admire the most? And the artist?
There are too many greats to choose just one!

Have you ever used food as a weapon of seduction?

Yes. Good food is always seductive.

Your motto?
Happiness depends upon ourselves. Aristotle

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