MY BOOK (“EATING WITH POPE FRANCIS”) IN THE FINAL 6 OF “BANCARELLA AWARD COOKING”

Worldwide success book “Eating with Pope Francis“, that I had the honour to write, has been voted among the 6 Best Books for Bancarella Award Cooking section! 

The Bancarella Award is very close to the heart of Italian booksellers because the Prize is closely related to them;  they choose both the candidates and the winner. Booksellers are the ring of the chain correlating the publisher and the reader: they know best.  And worldwide success “Eating with Pope Francis” (over 150K copies, translated in 14 languages so far) has made it to the final 6 of Cooking section. We’re so proud!  Final result the 21st October. Can’t wait for it! 

The book has been published in Italy by Mondadori in collaboration with Food-Dalcò; the international editions have been published, among others, by Bayard, Larousse, Sudwest Verlag, Novalis aso.

A BIOGRAPHY UNDER A NEW PERSPECTIVE

“Enjoy your meal!” These are the words with which Pope Francis greets the worshippers in his speeches. Few knows the deeper meaning: before becoming Pope, he graduated in Food Chemistry and inherited the passion for food from his mother, grandmother and relatives who owned a restaurant in Piedmont, Italy.
In this book (208 pages, large format, with great photos) you’ll discover the milestones of the Pope’s life and the dishes related to this main events: you can replicate them at home following the original recipes in the book. A volume that gives a new perspective on the beloved, charismatic figure of Pope Francis, recounted by the Pope’s biographer, Roberto Alborghetti. The volume contains 36 special and illustrated recipes inspired to the life of Pope.

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LE NOUVEL OBSERVATEUR (FRANCE): AN INTERVIEW ABOUT MY NEW BOOK

NOUVEL OBS maggio 2018 2My book “A la table du pape François”  (Dining with Pope Francis) also released in France for Bayard editions, is at the center of an interview published by the prestigious LE NOUVEL OBSERVATEUR, the most important weekly magazine in France (about 550,000 copies sold). The interview – whose title is “For Pope Francis a meal succeeds when it is shared” – is edited by the journalist Alice Tixier.

This is the link to the Nouvel Observateur page:
https://o.nouvelobs.com/food/20180509.OBS6427/pour-le-pape-francois-un-repas-est-reussi-lorsqu-il-est-partage.html#

Alice Tixier’s interview, as seen on the Nouvel Observateur site, is among the most widely read articles ever.

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TALKIN’ ABOUT MY NEW BOOK: INTERVIEW AT TV 2000

Roberto Alborghetti, giornalista e scrittore, è stato ospite di Lucia Ascione, a TV2000,  nel programma “Bel tempo si spera”, dove ha parlato diffusamente del suo nuovo libro “A tavola con Papa Francesco / Il cibo nella vita di Jorge Mario Bergoglio” (pubblicato da Mondadori, in Italia). L’importanza di vivere la tavola come condivisione.

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Roberto Alborghetti, journalist and writer, has participated as a special guest at TV2000, in the program “Bel tempo si spera” led by Lucia Ascione. He was interviewed  about his new book, “Dining with Pope Francis / The food in the life of Jorge Mario Bergoglio”. The importance of living food and cooking as an experience of meeting and sharing between people.

“Enjoy your meal!” These are the words with which Pope Francis greets the worshippers in his speeches. Few knows the deeper meaning: before becoming Pope, he graduated in Food Chemistry and inherited the passion for food from his mother, grandmother and relatives who owned a restaurant in Piedmont, Italy. In this new book you’ll discover the milestones of the Pope’s life and the dishes related to this main events: you can replicate them at home following the original recipes in the book. A volume that gives a new perspective on the beloved, charismatic figure of Pope Francis.

Lucia Ascione interviews Roberto Alborghetti , TV 2000.

ROME: THE OFFICIAL PRESENTATION OF MY NEW BOOK IN THIS WONDERFUL BAROQUE BASILICA

 

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© Roberto Alborghetti Photos

© Roberto Alborghetti Photos

In this beautiful basilica in the very heart of Rome will be held next Friday, January 13, 2017 (6 pm) the official launch of my new book, published by Velar, entitled “Come Chicchi in Una Spiga di Grano” (it’s my fourth book about Pope Francis). The basilica is dedicated to Sant’Andrea della Valle and it is officiated by the Teatini Fathers founded by San Gaetano Thiene. With me will be: Father Salvador Rodea González, General Superior of Theatines and Father Carlos Gomez-Ruiz, Rector of the Basilica of Sant’Andrea della Valle. Paolo Sandini and Anna Scaglione ( Velar Publishing) will take care of the informations and sales service.

When visitors step into this soaring Baroque church, many of them are struck by the light; the whole interior seems to glow a magical greenish-gold. Others are stunned by the height of the dome, which in Rome is second only to St. Peter’s. Still others are drawn in by the large frescoes in the apse, particularly the crucifixion of St. Andrew (painted by Mattia Preti).

Sant’Andrea della Valle dates back to 1650 and is the burial site of two popes, Pius II and Pius III. Another distinction: it’s the setting of the opening act of Puccini’s opera “Tosca.” The church is just a few blocks from the Pantheon, Piazza Navona, Campo de’ Fiori and the palaces of Italian Government and Parliament (it is located at the intersection of Corso Vittorio Emanuele II and Corso Rinascimento, in Piazza Vidoni 6).

 

AND LOOK AT THE LONELY ANGEL…

The angel of Sant’Andrea della Valle church, realized by the architect Carlo Rainaldi in the years 1655 to 1665, fulfilling the designs of Carlo Maderno, is a special case of Rome’s lonely angel. Looking at the Baroque facade of the church,  one notices an angel suspended on the left cornice. While on the opposite side to the right, there is an empty space, proving to be quite asymmetric. The angel’s sculptor seems to be Ercole Ferrata, also the author of some statues of saints on the façade, (although it must be said that other scholars attribute it to Fancelli). The angel is carved into a particular pose, with one wing stretched up that seems to lean (some say support) the wall, and the other wing kept behind his back, as if he were injured or suffered from human frailty. Some believe that the statue is an allegory of the winged goddess of Fame. It would seem that even Pope Alexander VII did not like that angel and denied funding for the completion of the non-existent second one.

 

 

 

THE MAKING OF “FRANCESCO”, MY BEST SELLING BOOK… GREAT EVENT IN TRANI-BARLETTA-BISCEGLIE FOR THE NEW UPDATED EDITION

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By VELAR Publishing – PRESS OFFICE

“A great team for a great work”: this video shows some images about the making of “Francesco” (“Francis”) the first illustrated and historical biography – written by journalist and author Roberto Alborghetti for Velar-Elledici Publishing – about Pope Francis. This work is the result of the wonderful participation of about 30 professionals to whom we want to dedicate this videoclip. Without them, without the precious collaboration of each of them, we could never accomplish and complete this important and best selling book. The work (in Italian language) was carried out in two versions: a single volume (380 pages) and a special edition in 3 volumes + slipcase, now published in a new and updated edition. All the volumes are in a great format (sizes: cms 23 x 29,5).
Over 800,000 lines of text, 21 chapters, 450 photographs, months and months of work and researches: these are the numbers that define the “first historical and illustrated biography” about Pope Jorge Mario Bergoglio, the 266 th Pope of history, the first to assume the name of Francis, the first South American Pope.
“Francis” helps us to know a “son of Italian immigrants” who became the leader of the Roman Catholic Church. The volumes – “the most-awaited event for Italian publishing industry” as media stated – dig deep into the historical records and documents starting from the news about the Pope’s family, reconstructing moments and facts concerning the emigration from Italy to Argentina, specifying dates, times and procedures.
The new updated edition, together with the new book by Roberto Alborghetti (title: “Nessuno resti indietro”) will be presented in a special event next Friday, February 26, 2016, in Barletta, for the whole country of Trani-Barletta-Bisceglie. It’s a new meeting in addition to the many who have been held around Italy (in the photo below: the audience at the book launch in Bitonto, Bari).

Bitonto Bari

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A cura di VELAR – Ufficio Comunicazione

“Una grande squadra per una grande opera”: il video mostra alcune immagini relative alla realizzazione di “Francesco” la prima biografia storica illustrata su Papa Francesco – scritta dal giornalista e scrittore Roberto Alborghetti per Velar-Elledici. Questa opera editoriale è il risultato della meravigliosa partecipazione di circa 30 professionisti a cui vogliamo dedicare questo videoclip. Senza di loro, senza la preziosa collaborazione di ciascuno di essi, non avremmo mai potuto realizzare e completare questa importante iniziativa. L’opera (in lingua italiana) è stata realizzata in due versioni: un unico volume (380 pagine) e una speciale edizione in 3 volumi + cofanetto ora pubblicati in una edizione nuova e aggiornata (dimensioni dei volumi: cm 23 x 29,5).
Oltre 800.000 righe di testo, 21 capitoli, 450 fotografie, mesi e mesi di lavoro e di ricerca: questi sono i numeri che definiscono la “prima biografia storica e illustrato” su Papa Jorge Mario Bergoglio, il 266 ° Papa della storia, il primo a assumere il nome di Francesco, il primo Papa sudamericano.
“Francesco” ci aiuta a conoscere un “figlio di immigrati italiani” diventato il capo della Chiesa cattolica romana. I volumi – “l’evento più atteso per l’industria dell’editoria italiana”, come i media hanno scritto – scavano in profondità nei documenti storici e documenti a partire dalle notizie sulla famiglia del Papa, ricostruendo momenti e fatti, specificando date, tempi e modalità, con rigorose ricostruzioni storiche.
La nuova edizione aggiornata, insieme con il nuovo libro di Roberto Alborghetti (titolo: “Nessuno Resti indietro”) saranno al centro di un evento speciale il prossimo Venerdì 26 febbraio 2016, a Barletta, per tutto il territorio diocesano di Trani-Barletta-Bisceglie. E’ un nuovo appuntamento che si aggiunge ai tanti che si sono tenuti in giro per l’Italia (nella foto qui sotto: il pubblico presente all’evento di Bitonto, Bari).