Fair Winds Author to be Featured at Library of Congress Book Signing

February 11, 2015
Amy Riolo, author of the Fair Winds title The Ultimate Mediterranean Diet Cookbook, will be featured at a lecture and book signing at the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C., on May 13.

Riolo is an internationally recognized expert known for fusing the worlds of cuisine, culture, and history in her work. An award-winning author, popular lecturer, food historian, food writer, culinary consultant, and cooking instructor, she was dubbed the "Cook to the Kings" by a Cairo newspaper in 2008.

Her first book, "Arabian Delights: Recipes & Princely Entertaining Ideas from the Arabian Peninsula" (Capital Books), received rave reviews. Her second book "Nile Style; Egyptian Cuisine and Culture" (Hippocrene Books), won the World Gourmand Award for "Best Arab Cuisine Book" in the United States in 2009. Prior to "The Mediterranean Diabetes Cookbook," (American Diabetes Association) was released in March 2010, and "The Ultimate Mediterranean Diet Cookbook" (Fair Winds Press), will be published in April 2015. Her work also appears in Aliza Green's "The Fishmonger's Apprentice" and Sheilah Kaufman's "Upper Crusts" and "The Canola Gourmet."

Amy writes freelance articles for Cooking Light Magazine and her work has appeared in the Washington Post, Wall Street Journal, Cornell Alumni Magazine, Popular Anthropology Magazine, and Egyptian newspapers and hundreds of blogs. She is also the author of a blog called Dining with Diplomats (www.diningwithdiplomats.blogspot.com).

A successful culinary consultant, Amy enjoys developing menus, recipes, training seminars, and themes for corporations, restaurants, and hotels. Amy is also a guest curator for museums where she incorporates sensory components like scent, touch, and taste into exhibits. She also works with curators to create menus and decor which represent the theme of new collections.