Author Gina Fava releases collection of stories and recipes rich with Italian tradition and trends during Italian festival season

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Gina Fava, an author of suspense novels and a feature writer on travel, Italian culture, art, wine, cooking, books, and cinema has written a new book, Un Momento: A Taste of Italian-American Pastimes, a non-fiction collection of essays and recipes for release in the midst of Italian festival season.

Un Momento is Fava’s first nonfiction book, which combines abundant research from a lifetime of traveling throughout Italy, her decade of experience as a wine and spirit vendor, and her heart-warming memories of family and the traditions and recipes they share. While covering such diverse topics as bocce tournaments, Christmas Eve’s Feast of the Seven Fishes, informative checklists on study abroad, St. Anthony’s Festival, and Italian superstitions, the book’s time-honored recipes are expertly paired with superb wines by her husband, a sommelier and Master of Italian Wines.

"By reflecting on my Italian-American background, my hope is that readers will take a moment to explore and savor their own heritage.” Fava stated.

Steven P. Marini, award winning author of the Jack Contino Crime Series says, “Gina Fava makes the reader feel like one of the family…Her personal experiences and recipes will whet your appetite for all things Italian.”

Katrina Grella, author of Away with Words, agrees, calling it “Amazing!” and “Intoxicating!”

An early reviewer of the book, Daniela Parisi Gawel, says, "Young or old, Italian or not, you will immerse in the pastimes and traditions in Un Momento. [It] made me laugh and reminisce...[and] appreciate my upbringing.”

Fava plans a virtual launch of the book, available in ebook and print, on July 27. Additional book signings and events will take her through the summer and fall, until the release of her next book. Gina Fava is the author of award winning short stories and the critically acclaimed international suspense thrillers The Race, the first in her HELL Ranger series, and The Sculptor (Best Mystery/Suspense Ebook by Indie Book Awards). Formula, the much anticipated sequel to The Race is due for publication in 2018.

A native of Buffalo, NY, she lives with her family in New England. UN MOMENTO: A Taste of Italian-American Pastimes is in eBook on Kindle, Nook, Kobo, and iPad, and in trade paperback (100 pp, $7.95, ISBN 978-0-9893587-8-1) on Amazon.com and through independent booksellers by Steepo Press.

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