James Beard Nominees: California Wine, Italian Pasta

The James Beard Foundation Book Award nominees were announced today, with books on wine and pasta among the contenders.

Been Doon So Long: A Randall Grahm Vinthology, by Randall Grahm (the 1989 James Beard Foundation Wine and Spirits Professional of the Year), is nominated in the Beverage category, and Oretta Zanini de Vita’s Encyclopedia of [more...]


Pasta on Location

by Sheila Levine, Associate Director and Publisher, University of California Press

Last month I had the great pleasure of visiting Rome to help launch our new Encyclopedia of Pasta. My hosts were the author, Oretta Zanini de Vita and the translator, Maureen Fant. They had organized two events, and my job was to talk about the [more...]


Pasta’s Untold Story

Today’s New York Times Dining section features Oretta Zanini de Vita, author of Encyclopedia of Pasta, as she opens the door onto the centuries of history that shape each type of Italian pasta. Every shape is infused with imagination and tradition—every one tells its own story, and together they shed light on Italy’s past, from [more...]