Andrew Cotto is the award-winning author of three novels and a regular contributor to The New York Times. Andrew has also written for Parade, Men’s Journal, Rolling Stone, The Huffington Post, Condé Nast Traveler, Italy magazine, Maxim, and more. He lives in Brooklyn, New York.

Blog: Our Italian Year

Cucina Tipica – An Italian Adventure

Cucina Tipica: An Italian Adventure is the story of Jacoby Pines, a disheartened American who arrives in Italy on holiday

Outerborough Blues

OUTERBOROUGH BLUES: A BROOKLYN MYSTERY is an unconventional noir that takes place on the dawn of urban gentrification. Lyrical, atmospheric

The Domino Effect

THE DOMINO EFFECT is award-winning story of Danny Rorro, a charismatic kid from Queens poisoned by the past. A series of painful

Brownsville’s Unlikely Rugby Dynasty

By Friday, June 12th, 2015 27 comments Permalink

As the physical education teacher at I.S. 392, where he began in the school’s second year, 2005, Mr. Grozav attended a professional development workshop featuring Play Rugby USA. Curious, he studied the game, introduced flag rugby into gym classes and then, during the 2007-8 school year, started the school’s coeducational rugby team. (All the school-age…

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A Little Off the Sides, Camaraderie on Top

By Friday, April 17th, 2015 27 comments Permalink

You would have a hard time finding a better representative of Old Brooklyn than Frank Codispoti. A barber who immigrated to New York when he was 18 from the town of Sant’Andrea in the southern Italian region of Calabria, Mr. Codispoti has cut hair in Brooklyn for more than 40 years. So it might seem…

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How to Get the Most Flavor Out of Chicken Thighs

By Monday, April 13th, 2015 35 comments Permalink

Chickens don’t use their wings much beyond pageantry and the occasional flutter. The job of keeping their bulbous bodies off the ground rests primarily on two little feet buttressed by thighs which do most of the heavy lifting. The result is a part of the body defined by muscle of activity and the various chemicals, proteins…

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Roast Pork with Honey and Sage

By Sunday, April 5th, 2015 29 comments Permalink

Roast Pork with Honey and Sage …

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Cooking with Anchovies, the World’s Healthiest, Most Versatile Fish

By Wednesday, April 1st, 2015 28 comments Permalink

Anchovies has more Omega-3s and calcium than any other fish. Credit: Patrizia Savarese / Getty Images Anchovies get a bad rap. It’s not their fault; in fact, it’s really the fault of pizza, or — more appropriately — the pizzaiolo who thought that draping pungent little fish fillets, dripping in oil over the surface of one of…

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