Louis Stokes Wing Auditorium • Main Library
Valerie Bertinelli’s new cookbook, One Dish at a Time: Delicious Recipes and Stories From My Italian-American Childhood and Beyond, includes more than 100 recipes for the traditional dishes served and shared by her Italian-American family, presented with tips and hints for enjoying without overindulging. As a member of a large, food-loving Italian family, Valerie Bertinelli has always equated food with good times and togetherness. But at one point her love of food threatened not only her health, but her livelihood as an actress, when personal demons drove her to overeat and make poor food choices that caused her weight to balloon by 50 pounds. Now happily svelte, remarried, and riding a new career high, Valerie has made peace with food, giving it a central—yet considered—place in her home and family celebrations.
“It sounds silly, but this is really how I learned how to cook - one dish at a time - either watching my Mom or my Nonnie (grandmother) in their kitchen or the basement kitchen,” Valerie explained. “I think it’s how we all learn our way around the kitchen, learning our favorite recipes from loved ones.”
With a nod to the hit television sitcom that launched Valerie’s career, One Day at a Time, her very first cookbook also features personal stories about the recipes, along with photos of her at home. Following in the footsteps of her bestselling memoirs, Losing It and Finding It, One Dish at a Time will feature the same friendly, funny thoughts of a woman who has become a part of so many families through her roles on One Day at a Time and, now, Hot in Cleveland.
In 2010, Valerie Bertinelli and her Hot In Cleveland co-stars, Betty White, Jane Leeves and Wendie Malick became honorary Clevelanders with the launch of their hit TVLand series. Their television antics make us laugh and tell the world what we already know – Cleveland is a great city and a fabulous place to call “home.”
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