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

Forget the Wings: This Year, Make a Rib Roast For the Super Bowl

By Tuesday, September 19th, 2017 154 comments Permalink

It takes a certain kind of confidence to give yourself an honorary doctorate, but after 15 years of barbecue cookoffs as a hobbyist, Ray Lampe earned the title of Dr. BBQ. He even looks the part: a badass Colonel Sanders type, with squared-off beard and spikey hair (think of Guy Fieri’s really cool uncle). In 2000, after…

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A Less Intimidating Feast of the Seven Fishes

By Wednesday, December 14th, 2016 202 comments Permalink

Credit: Josephine Estelle (New Orleans) “The Feast of Seven Fishes” is among the many Italian culinary customs and traditions that immigrated from the Old World and have remained relevant in modern America. While the meal takes place officially on Christmas Eve, certain Italian-inspired restaurants around the country offer it up at various times this month….

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7 Recipes to Give Your Thanksgiving An Italian Kick

By Friday, November 11th, 2016 61 comments Permalink

Your Thanksgiving meal is tired, unchanged, and uninspired. Sure, that’s part of the tradition: The first Thanksgiving, after all, was dedicated to the fact that the pilgrims had food to eat at all. But why let that stop you from trying something different? Our vote would be to look to Italy for inspiration, a country…

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Dear College Students (And Recent Grads)

By Tuesday, September 27th, 2016 57 comments Permalink

Danielfela via Getty Images Dear College Students (and Recent Grads), Please take 10 minutes to read these 1,200 words about the upcoming presidential election. It matters. I swear. You don’t know me; but I know you. Sort of. I’m a professor of English in New York City. My students, from all over the city and…

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Sisterhood on Wheels: Bushwick’s Rugged Roller Derby Girls

By Sunday, July 17th, 2016 87 comments Permalink

Chang W. Lee/The New York Times Blossom Bettles is 12 years old and lives on a tree-lined street in Brooklyn. Her father, who is British, is a photographer; her mother is a meditation and mindfulness teacher from New Zealand. She has a little brother named Sunny. Blossom is petite, with blue eyes and a dimpled…

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