The name chosen for the manuscript is in honor of another dear friend who is also from Naples and has the same soothing, down-to-earth attitude as the woman depicted in the manuscript. "Marilena" is still married to her "beanpole" husband, has two children, and will always be one of the most amazing cooks with whom Kathleen has had the pleasure of sharing a meal. Her recipes continue to hold an honored place in Kathleen's collection.


"Marilena" currently lives near Naples, Italy.



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