This is the story of one man's journey to achieve a better life for his family...but it actually began generations before the man you know today. Buddy Valastro is the face of the TLC show, Cake Boss, and although he is the "Cake Boss" of this generation, he was not the first per se; that honor and title goes to his father, Bartolo. Picture it...Sicily 1939 (sorry for the Golden Girls flashback style, just couldn't resist). Antonio Valastro, is a man on a mission. He seeks to go to America and one day bring his wife and children to the land of opportunity. He leaves them with hearts full of love and hope...only to deliver utter disappointment. Eventually through the years, his daughters appeals to his kinder side brought the invitation they were originally promised and America was to be their new home...but a home is only made by the love that inhabits it and after the tearful trails of dishonesty and lies, Grace (their mother) could not bear the site of Antonio any longer. The family was broken beyond repair. Taking her children with her, they embarked on new lives of their own in the land of the free.
Recommended reading for all ages as there is a something to be taken away from this book for one and all. For the little ones, the truth in the saying, "you can achieve whatever you put your mind to" echoes clearly from every page; for teens, the value and honesty in a days work and the importance of family. For adults, all of the above and more...plus if you are the least bit adept at cooking, the chance to try out a few of the recipes that made Carlo's famous is right in your grasp. I know I'll be trying out a few of them very soon...now how to decide which one!
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