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Julia della Croce is one of America’s foremost authorities on Italian food. Born in New York from Sardinian and Apulian parents, she has traveled widely in Italy since she was a child. The author of over 14 cooking and travel books, she is concerned with the preservation of traditional cuisine through her books, culinary tours, and her blog, Forktales. Her titles have been translated into 13 languages and distributed worldwide. Her latest work is Tasting Italy (October, 2018), a collaboration with National Geographic Books and America's Test Kitchen for which she co-authored essays and collateral material about the history, culture, agriculture, cuisine, and typical products of the country’s 20 regions. Her books have been translated into 13 languages and distributed around the world. She is presently incubating a memoire about Sardinia.

Distinguished by the James Beard Foundation for her teaching, she is also the recipient of awards for her food and travel books from the James Beard Foundation, IACP, the Salon International du Livre Gourmand Périgueux of France, the World Cookbook Awards, and from the Italian government. She has also written for many prominent U.S. publications and been broadcast extensively on national radio and television.

The author divides her time between New York and Italy, where, partnering with Venetian host Mauro Stoppa, she conducts internationally acclaimed tours of lost Venice and its lagoon onboard Stoppa’s restored sailing vessel, along with land tours of the culturally and gastronomically rich Veneto region.

"Julia della Croce is my favorite
Italian cookbook author."
-- Julia Child --

Julia della Croce’s honors and affiliations include:

  • James Beard Foundation, “One of America’s Best Cooking Teachers,” 1992
  • Co-honoree for contribution to the literature of Italian cuisine, Italian Embassy, 2003
  • James Beard Foundation nomination for The Vegetarian Table: Italy, 1995 
  • Diplome D’Honneur of France for French language translation, La bonne cuisine italienne (Solar, Paris), 1996
  • Salon International du Livre Gourmand, World Cookbook Awards, “Best Italian Cuisine Book,” 2003
  • Distinguished Service Award, Italian Trade Commission, 2010
  • M.F.K Fischer Award for Excellence, 2015