Breaking Bread in L’Aquila Breaks Bread with George Clooney’s The American

August 30, 2010

Breaking Bread in L’Aquila Breaks Bread with George Clooney’s The American!

Maria Filice, food stylist and author of Breaking Bread in L’Aquila, contributes three regional recipes to the website of Focus Features’ new film The American, in advance of the September 1 release of the George Clooney thriller.

With the film set in the Abruzzo region of Italy, Focus Features asked Ms. Filice to provide three recipes that exemplify the cuisine that Clooney’s character might have enjoyed. “I was thrilled to be contacted by Focus Features and asked to contribute to the movie in some way—especially when the earthquake-ravaged region deserves so much attention. Abruzzo is unusually rustic and beautiful, with the sophistication and Baroque elegance of L’Aquila at its center.”

Filice’s book Breaking Bread in L’Aquila is the perfect companion to the Clooney film. Its regional recipes are both classic and contemporary. The Canadian-American author was inspired to write about this untouched region during her years of extensive travel through Abruzzo’s communities, where she experienced first hand its delicious food, lively culture, and beautiful music.

To view Filice’s recipes, please visit the Focus Features website:

The cookbook was published on April 6, 2010, on the first anniversary of the earthquake that devastated the Abruzzo region. Releasing the book on the earthquake’s anniversary was a message to the people of the region that “we have not forgotten.” Additionally, the author is donating the book’s net proceeds to the restoration efforts and the assistance still desperately needed in L’Aquila.

First-time author Filice considers herself an honorary “L’Aquilana.” Her book has received abundant praise from print and online reviewers, including the Library Journal, i-Italy, and Le Cordon Bleu Institute of Culinary Arts. She writes a lively and entertaining blog from her kitchen at

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Maria Filice, Breaking Bread in L’Aquila
ISBN: 978-0-914386-43-8
Price: $29.95

Buy directly from the publisher at, or from Baker & Taylor, Follet, Coutts, Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Midwest, or YBP.

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