Melissa Fasulo Muller is a veteran chef and writer with 18 years of experience cooking professionally. Her restaurant in Chelsea, Eolo, was rated by Gayot as one of the top 10 Italian restaurants in New York City for three consecutive years. It reflects Muller's passion for contemporary Sicilian cuisine. Muller has appeared in The New York Times, New York Magazine's Grub Street, Time Out, and Zagat, as well as other local publications. She competed on the Food Network show Chopped and has been a guest on Martha Stewart Radio. She grew up in New York City but spent summers in the rural Sicilian town where her grandmother was born.
"Melissa shares her lifelong passion for Sicilian food, through
firsthand narrative loaded with recipes and beautiful photographs,
giving us an insider's view of this magical island."
--Mike Colameco, host of Mike Colameco's Real Food
"Melissa's book is like poetry to me. Her attachment and
sense of belonging to her land and its heritage is palpable in
every paragraph, captured in each picture, and summed up in a
beautiful and delicious story. We share that bittersweet melancholy
for our Italian land that is at the origin of our passionate work:
being able to tell these stories is a privilege and an honor, and
Melissa has done an impeccable job at it."
--Gabriele Corcos, New York Times bestselling coauthor of Extra Virgin: Recipes and Love from Our Tuscan Kitchen "Just about everything I've come to know and love about Sicilian food, wine, history, and culture is thanks to Melissa Muller. Now, with this captivating book, Melissa can share her ardor and wisdom about Sicily with the wider world of readers, cooks, and diners. Sicily: The Cookbook is a definitive work of culinary brilliance, family lore, and narrative writing. It announces the arrival of a new generation's M.F.K. Fisher or Alice Waters."
--Samuel G. Freedman, author of Letters to a Young Journalist and professor at Columbia University's Graduate School of Journalism "Sicily is a center of fusion cuisine -- spicing traditional Italian recipes with flair from elsewhere in the Mediterranean. Here Melissa Muller funnels summers spent visiting her grandparents on the island into recipes for antipasti, fish, meat and dessert in language even novice cooks can understand. It feels like learning family recipes in her grandparents' kitchen. Her text also offers tips on finding great produce and attending festivals if you plan to visit."