Cugine in Cucina Release #1 Best Selling Cookbook in Four Countries

Cugine in Cucina released their first cookbook, “Don’t Cut the Basil: Five Generations of Authentic Italian Recipes” in December 2020. During their digital launch weekend on Amazon, Cugine in Cucina’s cookbook went #1 Best Seller in four countries (the United States, Italy, Canada, and the United Kingdom) for a total of 34 Best Seller categories and earned twelve #1 placements. 

Cugine in Cucina is made up of three cousins (Angela Siciliano, Corrina Siciliano, and Mary Kovach, Ph.D.) with Sicilian roots from Ohio, who share stories and photographs behind each of their Italian family recipes. Each of the cousins are first generation college graduates with various career backgrounds. Angela earned her degree from North Coast College (formerly Virginia Marti College of Art and Design). Angela owns Adapted Fitness and Yoga Plus to help individuals with disabilities and encourage healthy lifestyles. Both Corrina and Mary earned their Bachelor’s degrees from Baldwin Wallace University. Corrina is a certified Project Management Professional (PMP®) and has worked in the financial services industry for more than 20 years. Mary also earned her MBA from Cleveland State University, her Ph.D. from Miami University (Ohio), and she is a tenured professor with multiple awards and publications.

The three cousins reunited when Mary’s grandmother passed, and they started sharing food and recipes on a regular basis. With a desire not to lose what their grandmothers and mothers taught them over the years, they documented what they learned in the kitchen. This book shares more than just 25+ authentic Italian family recipes and mouthwatering pictures from traditional Italian sauce, to sides and appetizers, to desserts; it also captures their Italian spirit passed down from generations, as described in the stories behind each of the recipes.

Cugine in Cucina already had more than one dozen media outlets in Italy, particularly in Sicily, recognize, review, and promote their cookbook after their recent interview in ItalyUSA Magazine was published.

To purchase their cookbook “Don’t Cut the Basil: Five Generations of Authentic Italian Recipes” (paperback or digital) or to learn more about Cugine in Cucina, please visit

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