Carol Field took a flying leap and wrote a novel, Mangoes and Quince, after writing about Italy and Italian food since 1972 when she spent three months in Italy working on a film for PBS. In the ensuing years she wrote six other books, all about Italy:

  • In Nonna’s Kitchen: Recipes and Traditions from Italy’s Grandmothers, HarperCollins, May 1997, winner of the Jacob’s Creek World Food Awards, Australia, 1999
  • Focaccia: Simple Breads from the Italian Oven, Chronicle Books, 1994
  • Italy in Small Bites, William Morrow, 1993, Winner, James Beard Book Award, 1994
  • Celebrating Italy, William Morrow, 1990, Winner, Julia Child Cookbook Award, Barbi Colombini Prize, Italy, and the Silver Medal of the Commonwealth Club of California
  • The Italian Baker, Harper and Row, 1985; Winner, IACP Book Award
  • The Hill Towns of Italy, E. P. Dutton, 1983; paperback, 1989; new edition Chronicle Books, 1997. Winner, Commonwealth Club of California Literary Award, 1984
  • She has contributed chapters to In Julia’s Kitchen with Master Chefs, Alfred A. Knopf, 1995 and Savoring Italy, HarperCollins, 1992.

She was elected to membership in the Accademia Italiana della Cucina in 1993.

She has lectured at the Smithsonian Institute, Washington, D.C., Schlesinger Library at Radcliffe College, Cambridge, Mass.; the California Academy of Sciences, and Oldways Preservation & Exchange Trust International Congresses in Greece, Spain, Italy, and America, among many others.

Her television appearances include being featured with Mario Batali on his series,Ciao America and baking bread with Julia Child on her series, In Julia’s Kitchen with Master Chefs. She appeared on Lorenza de’Medici’s Public Television series with her arms full of Italian breads to talk about the amazing diversity of regional and specialty loaves. Carol has taught cooking at many schools in America and at various sites in Italy, including the Cipriani Hotel in Venice and Badia a Coltibuono and Avignonesi Wineries in Tuscany.

She is on the editorial board of Gastronomia, a journal published by the University of California Press and is the American editor of the Oxford Companion to Italian Food (Oxford University Press, 2004).


  • Elected to 2005 James Beard Foundation Who’s Who of Food and Beverage in America
  • Awarded Knight in the Order of Merit of the Italian Republic by the President of the Italian Republic, 2004
  • Italian National Journalism Award, “Vanghetto d’Or”, 1997
  • Barbi Colombini Literary Award, 1991
  • International Journalism Award, Maria Luigia, Duchessa di Parma Competition, Parma, Italy, 1987

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