Rochester, New York: Offset by East Ridge Quickprint, 1982. Barbara Cirillo. Twenty-Fourth Printing. Comb-Bound. 208 pp. plus index, glossary and order forms. White card covers with a few surface scuffs and some stray cookie dough (?!) to back card cover. Red plastic comb binding means you can easily keep the book open while following one of the fabulous recipes. Book divided into five main sections: 1) Wedding Cookie Cake; 2) Italian Table Cookies; 3) Italian Pastries; 4) Italian Bread Dough Recipes; and 5) Other Authentic Recipes. VERY GOOD. Item #84432
Even though through at least twenty-five printings (this is the 25th such), this book
has reached mythological status in certain circles and is for some reason, still nearly impossible to locate. The author, Lee Mangione Cirillo, grew up in a family that owned and operated a bakery in Rochester, New York, and in Toronto, Canada. She became a Food Service teacher and taught adult education classes in Gourmet Baking. This is the UR text for which savvy wedding planners awaken at 2:00 a.m. and comb the internet for a chance copy to appear, so that they can sink the 8 ball, place it into the hands of a curated and storied baker, and deliver a dessert coup to their clients, on that biggest day of days. Scarce, rare, expensive (but this one, not too!).