Having grown-up in a big Italian family on my Dad’s side, it was hard not to be psyched about food; my mom, Rose, always cooked simple, fresh food for our family of 6 and it wasn’t until I had to start doing it myself that I appreciated it. My love for cooking started early with our family meals and blossomed into a career as a chef, cooking teacher, caterer, author and food writer. Now that I live in New York City with my three boys and my husband, Richie, cooking good-for-you and feel-good meals is as important as ever. I’m a firm believer that food, security and love are entwined in the meals we cook and serve our family and friends; it’s so important to cook for the ones you love in your life, teach them how to cook, and they will pass it on.

Currently, I’m the Executive Director of Food and Entertaining at Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia, although you may have heard my voice and seen my face around  CBS’ Early Show and NBC’s Today Show demoing great recipes from the pages of Martha Stewart Living magazine; Sirius Radio’s EatDrink EveryDay Food on PBS where I was a host and co-host, as well as on Mad Hungry with Lucinda Scala Quinn, where I continued my journey as a mom on a mission to bring back the family meal and do it in an accessible, affordable and easy way.

I’ve also written Lucinda’s Rustic Italian Kitchen, Lucinda’s Authentic Jamaican Kitchen, Mad Hungry: Feeding Men & Boys, that all feature the food I cook and love: recipes big on flavor and low on fuss. Following that trend, I up the ante in March, when I release my fourth book, Mad Hungry Cravings, filled with the recipes you love and crave. Why turn to a take-out menu, when you can make those beloved food items better, faster, tastier, cheaper, and more healthfully at home?

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