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Mary Ann Giordano


Chef Mary Ann Giordano and her father, Dr. Paul Giordano, spent a decade researching and delving deep into their family archives in a joint effort to preserve the Saint Joseph’s Day traditions. Finding very few resources, they wrote The Saint Joseph’s Day Table Cookbook to share with others the recipes and traditions that they cherish. Chef Giordano owns and operates Gigi's Cucina Povera, a restaurant in Buffalo, New York that serves St. Joseph's Day Table fare every day of the week.

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Saint Joseph’s Day Table Cookbook


The only cookbook dedicated to Saint Joseph’s Day – the table, the recipes, the symbols, the traditions. Celebrated for many generations, this lovely feast is in danger of extinction. Chef Mary Ann Giordano has gathered nearly 100 of the best Saint Joseph day table recipes, many from her own family’s treasure trove, and added fascinating Saint Joseph’s day lore and traditions. The result is a beautifully illustrated, unique book that celebrates a tradition that deserves to be preserved and cherished. Easy-to-follow recipes for favorites like sfinge, pasta con sarde, and carduni fritti, as well as a menu and a planning guide. Add your family favorites to the Giordano traditions, and keep this celebration alive for generations to come. Or simply enjoy preparing these luscious Sicilian dishes year-round!