The Gemelli Press July Book Giveaway: Beyond the Pasta


Here at Gemelli Press, we’re hard at work putting the finishing touches on Jennifer Criswell’s At Least You’re in Tuscany: A Search for the Sweet Life in Italy, and we’re gearing up for the big release with our first contest —

The Gemelli Press July Book Giveaway!

We’re giving away copies of three of our previously released titles:

* Beyond the Pasta by Mark Leslie
* Among the Cloud Dwellers by Giuliana Sica
* Wrestling with the Devil by Tonya Russo Hamilton and Tony Russo

For our international readers (those outside of the United States), we are offering Kindle copies of each of these three books; for those of you in the United States, you have a choice between the physical copy and e-version if your name is randomly drawn.

This week’s giveaway is for Mark Leslie’s Beyond the Pasta:

Armed with just enough courage, minimal Italian language skills, and a certain proficiency in the kitchen, Mark enrolled in a full-immersion cooking and language program. He would travel to Viterbo, Italy and live with an Italian family for a month. Beyond the Pasta is the story of that journey, complete with tales of day-to-day living, befuddled social interactions, laughing and shopping with Nonna, exploring the countryside, and more. Oh, and did we mention all the wonderful recipes?

In order to enter, all you have to do is answer the following question in a comment below:

What is your favorite Italian dish?

For extra entries:

(1) Follow us on Facebook at Gemelli Press.

(2) Follow us on Twitter @gemellipress.

(3) Follow us on Pinterest (we’re just getting started!).

(4) Share this contest on Facebook.

(5) Share this contest on Twitter.

Then leave a comment below letting us know which of these things you’ve done (or if you already follow us on Facebook/Twitter). You can get up to SIX chances to win if you do all of these!

We’ll draw two winners at random next Monday, July 16 at noon, Italy time, and winners will be announced on Facebook…and soon thereafter, we’ll start the next round of giveaways!

In bocca al lupo!



  1. says

    Oh my gosh. I’m only allowed to choose one? OK, well I’m going to stay true to my Sicilian home and go for pasta alla norma. So simple, and yet so delicious – my mouth’s watering just thinking about it. In fact, as I’m currently on holiday in England, I think I may have to make it this evening, just to introduce my family to the deliciousness …

    I was already following you on both FB and Twitter, but have shared the contest on both my personal and blog pages on FB, as well as on Twitter. I’ve been wanting to read Mark’s book for a while now. :)

  2. says

    My favorite Italian dish is Raul Bova. If you have to ask why you just haven’t been paying attention, or you are a man. After decades and decades of Lorens and Lollabrigidas, Bova has resurrected my faith in the Italian film industry. Or something.

  3. says

    That is such a hard decision to make, my favourite Italian dish. I think I will have to say my husband’s home made pizza. I’ve been a follower of yours on fb, twitter and also more recently pinterest. I’ve also shared the competition on my page and via twitter.

  4. NeLl says

    I choose caponata di mio padre, I make it often and it is delicious
    Combination of celery eggplant capers,olives, on bread it’s a meal in itself ,
    Thanks Papa

  5. Sharon Isselhardt says

    The best pasta I have ever had was pumpkin ravioli at a little cafe in Tuscany overlooking a vineyard. I now “like” you on Facebook and am following you on Pinterest. I am sharing your post on my Facebook page also.

  6. Carol says

    My favorite dish has to be eggplant parmigiana. I will actually go to the effort of making it for my birthday instead of eating out.

  7. Linda Marchi says

    That’s easy. Homemade ravioli with homemade sauce from the tomatoes my Grampi, Nazzareno Tarabelli, grew in his garden. I still have their ancient little ravioli maker, but try as hard as I can, I can’tcome close to Nanna Rose’s sauce. It must be her love it went into the pot. What I wouldnt give to be a child again sitting at the dining room table on a Sunday afternoon enjoying that meal of meals!
    As far as my favorite italian restaurant meal I would have to say veal saltimbocca.
    I follow you on facebook and saw really enjoy your posts. Thank you!

  8. Jenny Galati says

    My favorite Italian dish, hands down is pasta. No matter what shape or size, topped with sauce or simple drizzled with olive oil, it is the most versatile food in existence.

  9. says

    Favorite Italian food? Pasta with “fresh sauce”, just chopped fresh tomatoes, herbs, and olives, tossed with hot pasta.

    I follow on Facebook, shared your contest, and tweeted–thanks for the giveaway.

  10. says

    I would have to say my favorite Italian dish has to be a simple truffle pasta with linguini. Which I normally get at the local sagra in October. I pretty much love all dish Italiano and can’t get enough. yum! I shared this contest via facebook & twitter while also following and liked. :) thanks for the giveaway!

  11. says

    My favorite Italian food is Carbonara – but only in the winter and only made by my husband. I follow you on Facebook and (I think) Twitter. Will retweet.

  12. says

    I’d be hard pressed to choose a favorite dish but I could happily eat tortelli prepared the way it’s made by my relatives in Emilia Romagna on a regular basis. I have followed you on Facebook for a while, and now on Twitter and Pinterest. Also retweeted and reposted on Facebook.

    • says

      Amica have u ever had the tiella? most famous dish from Gaeta Italy, this is my website…, im the author of the first ebook about la tiella, MANGIA TIELLA! 5 stars on amazon, ciao

  13. says

    I have “liked” you on Facebook, I have posted the contest on Facebook and I have “tweeted” the contest on Twitter, and “pinned” it on Pinterest!. (4) and now I will comment that while I have never met an Italian dish I did not enjoy, I guess my favorite dish is a rich pasta fagioli made with dry beans that have cooked and simmered a long time with pork bones or sausage!! Feeds my soul as well as my body!

  14. Rosanna says

    Just found you today!!! “Laccetti alla genovese con tacchino” Ancient dish very popular in my province. I’ll follow you on FB from now on.
    Buona giornata!

  15. says

    Last night we had lasagna because it is my husbands favorite and I love to make him happy…my favorite is mozzarella en carozza….this week. It will be something else next week I am sure!

  16. Anne says

    I love Spaghetti with Seafood, not sure of the name. When I am in Italy I eat as much fresh fish as I can, Love it!.

    Following you on Facebook and Pinterest.

  17. Melinda Dowdle says

    Having an eternal sweet tooth…I loved Nonie’s “stuffed cookies” and honey cake. She would make them every holiday with out fail. I think she must have found a certain calm when making these treats. Years of tradition, no measuring cups or spoons. Just went by her senses.

  18. KMWall says

    Me! oh, you mean foodwise….my favorite dish is one my aunts made – tielle. It’s dough and olive oil, and garlic and filled with different things, spinach or salt cod and escarole. It’s not a pizza and it’s not a calzone and it’s not a pie; it’s from Gaeta and it tastes like Sundays . And I like you and I’ll post on facebook.. Ciao tutti!

  19. Connie says

    I have not been to Italy..physically that is but it is the daydream that keeps me sane and my Italian cookbook collection represents that !
    I must say I love all the Itallian foods I have made from my cookbooks. Someday I will go to Italy on a food and cooking school tour! Because what I don’t know about how to cook Italian is
    far better then any of our local resteraunts. I liked you on face book. I am from the NW as well !

  20. Tina Giamotti says

    Following you on Facebook!
    There are many regional dishes I haven’t tried yet but thus far I’d have to say my favorite dish is Bucatini all’amatriciana. Well also anything with pesto!!!!!

  21. Shelby says

    I love gnocchi! But I’m the only one in my family who likes it, so I never make it at home. I have to wait till I find on a menu at a good Italian restaurant.

  22. Susan says

    I love pasta al forno sopratutto quella di mia suocera. Although I could never pass up lenticche or pappardelle e funghi porcini. I believe I have puton ten pounds just thinking about it.

  23. Megan says

    First of all, I agree with everybody above. How can I pick just one?!?! Secondly, a dessert is a dish, right? Monte Bianco. Meringue, chantilly cream, chestnut! Oh, yes please!!!

  24. Donele says

    I just love all Italian dishes but ……if I had to pick just one it would be Gnudi with melted butter and sage. I’m also following you on Facebook.

    • says

      I am following you on Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest. And I posted about the contest on my Facebook page (I have 7,500 fans!) and I Tweeted about the contest!

  25. Anita Rossi says

    I just spent 31 days in Italy and would have to say my favorite Italian dish is anything that ends in a vowel. I love Italian food especially anything that has Tartufo in it.
    Also, I follow you on Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest and have shared this contest with my friends and followers on Facebook and Twitter.

  26. K. Cappuccitti says

    It would have to be Risotto ai Funghi … so simple, but when made correctly I could happily make that my last meal ever!!

  27. K. Cappuccitti says

    Liked your facebook page (following you at Gemelli Press) and shared this contest on facebook!

  28. Leo Baduria says

    One of my favorites is the agnolotti al Plin from Piemonte. Superb, yet delicate dish with delicious flavours.

  29. Audrey Frati says

    Gransegawe, which is crab on the half shell, followed by spaghetti alla vongole in salsa rosa, followed by grilled sea bass, all from the lagoon in Venezia, served with a wonderful Pinot Grigio from the Veneto, and to top it all off a serving of lemon tiramisu and a sgroppino, all while ding at the Trattoria alla Madonna, near Rialto on Calle Alla Maddona, Venice. Do not tell anyone about this Venetian gem, it is always full of Venetians who know where to eat! Bon Appetitio

  30. says

    Hmmm, hard to choose! Spaghetti alla vongole ranks high because they use those little tiny clams that I can never find in the US. But I can never get enough of the olive all’ascolana. Then there’s gelato, which is its own food group.

  31. Michele says

    Any Italian food I am eating in Italy! One dish that I loved and have not been able to have found duplicated well in The States was the warm octopus and potato salad I had in Stresa. It was fantastic!

  32. says

    Being half Italian past is in my blood and choosing a favourite is very difficult.

    A favourite meal was at a little Italian restaurant in Jersey Channel Islands last year where I ordered a mushroom ravioli to start for a main dish I had sea bass served on a bed of Linguine and drizzled in a light mushroom and cheese sauce.

    I was too full to eat a desert, although I was looking very keenly at the cabinet. The food was delicious, served by Italian staff and the atmosphere was so wonderful I wanted to bottle it and bring it home.

    I have tweeted this and will follow via Facebook


  33. leslie says

    my NEW favorite italian dish is something i just had a few weeks ago in Basilicata: pasta with breadcrumbs. I had no idea it would be so tasty and have been dreaming about it ever since. (seriously dreaming!)

  34. elle says

    I can’t get past an Italian Olive with garnishes……..nor “plain” ole spaghetti/homemade noodles & bread……..not exciting but delicious.

  35. says

    A favorite dish? Not an easy choice for me after 45 years in this country. I think it is roast summer vegetables with herbs and breadcrumbs, a delicious Umbrian version with home grown fresh bell peppers, tomatoes, zucchini and eggplant. I seem to quality for 4 entries for the drawing. Wouldn’t it be nice to be the lucky one on my July 16th birthday?

  36. Mary says

    Hmmmm…my favorite Italian dish, that’s hard. With this heat I’d have to say “prosciutto e melone” or maybe “insalata caprese”. Ask me in the winter and you’d probably get a different answer though.

  37. Kat D says

    Honestly, all of it. I just love good food! In the summer, anything light with vegetables. In the winter, all things pasta.

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