John Mariani is an internationally famous culinary writer and author of some of America's most highly respected cookbooks. He has been nominated for the James Beard Award in Journalism three times. His writings include The Encyclopedia of American Food and Drink, which was selected Best Reference Book of the Year by Library Magazine, and the authoritative Dictionary of Italian Food and Drink. The IACP Julia Child Cookbook Award for best reference book went to his book America Eats Out. Mariani is an Esquire food and travel columnist, a Wine Spectator restaurant columnist, and a Diversion food columnist. He is regarded as a leading authority on Italian cuisine and foodways, as well as a writer whose encyclopedic knowledge is only surpassed by his culinary brilliance.
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