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John Mariani


John Mariani is a columnist for Esquire and other publications. He is also the author of How Italian Food Conquered the World (Palgrave Macmillan), The Encyclopedia of American Food & Drink (Lebhar-Friedman), The Dictionary of Italian Food and Drink (Broadway), and, with his wife Galina, the award-winning Italian-American Cookbook (Harvard Common Press).

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John Mariani Features on

Bergamo: A Myriad of Pleasures in Italy's Lombardy Region

Vibrant Valencia

Fabulous Food Al Fresco

Moms Who Cook Professionally

Square Meal for a Square Deal

The Season's Best Restaurant Choices

New Year’s Resolution Gastronomy

Boston's Seafood

Dining in New York's Hudson Valley


The Encyclopedia of American Food and Drink
The Encyclopedia of American Food and Drink
John Mariani’s classic tome has been updated to reflect the USA's changing culinary landscape, from molecular gastronomy to the DIY movement.


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