November 06, 2014

October 17, 2014

Book Talks at Hofstra University Oct, 7th and Port Jefferson Library Oct. 11th

I was so busy the last few weeks that I didn't get a chance to post my talk at the Italian-American Experience Lecture Series at Hofstra University on Oct. 7th, 2014.  Thank you Dr. Stan Pugliese, staff and audience in attendance for the warm welcome and successful night.  Thanks, too, to Samantha Winter, staff and audience in attendance at the Port Jefferson Library on Oct. 11, 2014 for hosting me to share my story and books with such acceptance and warm emotion.   Thanks also to Sharon Z. who recommended me to the Library and to her book clubs that have read my book and loved it.

Read the review of my novel by Story Circle reviewer Mary Jo Doig

ORANGE PEELS AND COBBLESTONES by Rose Marie Dunphy; rev/Mary Jo Doig. A poignant, memorable story set in Italy.
Orange Peels and Cobblestones: by Rose Marie Dunphy: Story Circle Book Reviews

September 08, 2014

The Scent of Italian Cooking

My new cookbook THE SCENT of ITALIAN COOKING is published

My new cookbook THE SCENT of ITALIAN COOKING  (ISBN 9781500915674) is published. You can see it and get all the details by going to and typing the title with my name and it will appear. Below is a News Release on it. 

What’s the Sense of the Mediterranean Diet?

The newly-published cookbook, THE SCENT of ITALIAN COOKING by Italian-born author and expert cook Rose Marie Calicchio Dunphy, offers just that. The authentic Italian and Italian-American recipes are easy to read and prepare. Not only are they nutritious, but they create the most wonderful scents in your home.

A new study shows that cooking shows on TV have grown in number as more and more people sit down to watch them. Why only watch a cooking show when you can create one yourself in your own kitchen quickly and easily? Why not stir up your senses with all the scents and flavors that you and your family can experience through the joy of cooking and eating the freshest, healthiest and most delicious foods the earth provides? Italians have been doing this for centuries.

THE SCENT of ITALIAN COOKING is a cookbook of Italian and Italian-American recipes passed down to the author from her grandmother, mother and other Italian relatives in Italy that delight everyone's nostrils and palates. It also includes recipes the author created on her own by experimenting with different foods and flavors to produce in her home, and hopefully in yours, the wonderful scent of Italian cooking. The recipes are easy to understand and to use. The author wishes to display a love of cooking that she hopes is contagious. The book contains photos of foods with many of the recipes, a section on how to shop for foods, a Table of Contents, an Index for quick access to each recipe as well as photos of the Italian landscape.
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August 12, 2014

Been Busy Working on a Cookbook

I have been busy working on a cookbook of my favorite Italian and American recipes, so have not had much time to post. But below is the Prologue to my novel, ORANGE PEELS and COBBLESTONES, for those of you who have not read the book. 
“You better not wait any longer,” John said to his friend after an hour had elapsed. They’ve just posted another delay.” The friend had driven John and his wife Marietta to Kennedy Airport. At the gate Marietta sank down with their one year-old baby in the only seat available while John went to check once more on the status of the flight to Los Angeles.
                   “The problem is mechanical. They don’t know how long it’ll be before it’s fixed.” John was clearly frustrated but Marietta didn’t mind the extra time on the ground. She dreaded what might be in store for her once she was up in the air. Her first flight, when she was ten, had been traumatic, and she was afraid of the memories left within the clouds. Would they come to haunt her, knowing what she planned to do? Or would they come to her aid, give her the courage not to be afraid and not fail?
She also worried about the plane crashing. She cringed at the thought that her daughter might not have a full life. And the idea of dying before she saw her mother and sister again was too painful to bear. She’d never be able to ask the questions she’d been rehearsing for months, the ones that had plagued her ever since she was a little girl. They pestered her at every significant event in her young life. She knew it was no way to live – happy and sad at the same time. The vast emptiness she felt inside her was the worst. It masked the past where those questions lay buried like soldiers in unmarked graves. Someone had to come forward and identify them in order to grieve properly. 
When Marietta married John he’d filled a part of that hole. But since giving birth to Anna, the questions surfaced with a vengeance. Hard questions. Not the kind you’d normally ask others, certainly not the kind you could ask your mother. How would Stella react when Marietta confronted her? They were family, but... 
                     Family – Marietta smiled warmly at the sound of the word. In California she had the beautiful promise of family, her family. But then, family had torn her apart. She no longer trusted it. Would it betray her again as it had once before? Or would it welcome her back permanently, the way she had hoped for all these years?
The announcement to board finally came. The young parents gathered their sleeping child along with their belongings and entered the long corridor that led into the plane. With the engines roaring and the lights dimmed, Marietta leaned her head on John’s shoulder and instantly fell asleep. She dreamed not of her mother Stella but of her grandmother handing her a slice of bread spread with olive oil, of her cousin Lucia waving her orange peel in the air urging her to come out and play. She dreamed of her lost childhood a world away.

July 22, 2014


NEWS RELEASE! My memoir piece titled The Commodore's Ball, will be published in THE EAST HAMPTON STAR this coming Thursday, July 24, 2014. The paper sells throughout the Hamptons and NYC, if anyone wishes to read it. The piece will also be online.

June 23, 2014

Invited by Hofstra University for a Book Talk/Signing, Tues. Oct. 7, 2014, 7-8:30 PM

I have been invited to speak at Hofstra University's Italian-American Experience Lecture Series on Oct. 7, 2014, 7-8:30 PM.  Hofstra University, Hempstead, NY 11549.  Free and Open to the Public.  All are welcome.

Book Talk/Signing in Mt. Sinai

This Friday, the 27th of June, at 9:30 am, I will be giving an Author Talk at the Acampora Center at Mt. Sinai. The address there is 739 Route 25A, Mt. Sinai.

Book Talk/Signing at the Dolphin Bookshop

On June 14, I had a Book Talk/Signing at the Dolphin Bookshop and Cafe in Port Washington, NY.  My books were on display one week prior to the event and continue to be on sale there today.  

May 26, 2014

Book Talk/Signing at The Dolphin Book Shop and Cafe, Port Washington, NY, 2-4 PM, Sat. June 14, 2014

Won't you join me for a book talk/signing at The Dolphin Book Shop and Cafe in Port Washington, NY?
Date: Sat. June 14, 2014
Time: 2-4pm
Free and Open to the Public

Happy Memorial Day!

A big Salute to all the men and women who fought and continue to fight and die for us so that we may live in peace and freedom.  We are indebted to you and your families for your sacrifice.

Author Visit with Sharon Zollenberg's Book Club, May 19, 2014

It was a pleasure to visit and share dinner with Sharon and her Book Club members who had read Orange Peels and Cobblestones as their monthly selection.  Their questions showed that they were deeply affected and emotionally involved with the book's story.  Thank you so much for your positive support.  Sharon booked me for two other events that she runs: a book talk/signing in Mt. Sinai Senior Center on June 27, 2014 and another with the Port Jefferson Library book club on Oct. 14, 2014.

Delray Beach Library Book Talk/Signing, Delray Beach, Florida April 10, 2014

The event was a great success.  About 40 people attended and all were intrigued by the story of my book.  Many asked questions that lasted longer than I expected and bought copies of my book, which I gladly signed for them.  The event was even more successful in that a member of the audience asked me to be a speaker at one of their group meeting for the 2015 winter season.

April 02, 2014

2 Future Book Talk/Signings

Am looking forward to my book talk/signings with the Council for Catholic Women in Ascension Church on Wed. April 9th, 7 PM and at the Delray Beach, FL library on Thurs. April 10th, 2 PM.

March 07, 2014

The Palm Beach interview of me by Linda Haase, Feb. 27, 2014

This is the photo that appeared along with The Palm Beach Post interview of me by Linda Haase, Thurs. Feb. 27, 2014, titled "Unanswered questions lead author to confront demons."

Thank you St. Jude's Columbiettes in Boca Raton, FL

A big thank you to St. Jude's Columbiettes for the wonderful reception and welcome they gave me during my book talk last night and for so many buying ORANGE PEELS and COBBLESTONES. Mille grazie also to the members of the Italian class next door who chose to join us to hear me speak and for buying the Italian translation of my book, CIOTTOLI e BUCCE D'ARANCIA.

February 20, 2014

Upcoming Book Talk/Signings

Please join me if you can.
Thurs. March 6th, 6:45 P.M. St. Jude's Columbiettes in Boca Raton, FL
Thurs. April 10th, 2 P.M. Delray Beach Public Library in Delray Beach, FL
Sat. April 19th, 10 A.M. to 1 P.M. Islip International Airport in Ronkonkoma, NY

Book Talk/signing

Thank you St. Vincent Ferrer Columbiettes in Delray Beach, FL for welcoming me warmly during my book talk last night, for gifting me the lovely daffodil plant and for buying my books.

Thanks also go to St. Jude's Council of Catholic Women in Boca Raton, FL for also welcoming me warmly during my book talk  and for buying my books on Jan. 23rd.