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Best of Book Banter S2 EP 102: Michele Di Pietro

Hello My Happy People,

Our Holiday break is quickly coming to the end and we will have new shows coming soon when we begin season three February 7th. In the meantime, we are sharing some of our best episodes from season two while we gear up for our Love Fest coming this February and March on Book Banter with Dianne Burckhardt and Book Banter Magazine.

We are celebrating love for Valentine's Day and beyond, because love is too important to just focus on for one day of the year, it should be everyday. We are going to feature authors who write on all aspects of love: self-love, romantic love, dealing with loss of love or a loved one, love of life, and more. So mark your calendars, the Love Fest begins here on Feb. 7, 2024!

In today's The Best of Book Banter with Dianne Burckhardt, Dianne rebroadcasts her chat with the incredible chef, Michele Di Pietro. She a cookbook author, food writer, menu and recipe developer, professional chef, culinary consultant, a budding food photographer, and just a truly fantastic person. Somehow she managed to find time in her busy career to talk with Dianne about her cookbook, SOUPified.  Michele began her professional career in a much different field. After graduating college, Michele didn't head to the kitchen but instead started working in finance as a Certified Public Accountant with a top firm in NYC. However, her life was meant to take a different path.

After leaving the financial world behind, Michele graduated culinary school and created a new career path for herself in what would turn out to be a deeply satisfying move. Michele spent years working for others in the food industry as a cook, recipe and menu developer and eventually becoming a culinary director for one of the world’s largest natural foods retailers. It wasn't long before Michele decided to take the next natural step and start her own business, It’s All About The Food LLC.

As her professional success continued, Michele expanded with the creation of Mangia With Michele in 2017. This new venture was the culmination of her lifelong passion for Italian ingredients, foods, recipes, culture, and traditions.Be sure to check out Michele in the November issue of Book Banter Magazine where she shares her recipe for Twice-Baked, Loaded Potato Soup With Bacon from her cookbook, SOUPified. The perfect comfort soup to warm you up on a chilly fall evening!

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Time for More Dad Jokes!

Q: What kind of drink is bitter and sweet?

A: A Reali-tea.

Q: Why did the lobster blush?

A: It saw the ocean's bare bottom!

Q: What do you call the Terminator after he retires?

A: The Ex-terminator.

Q: What did Tennessee?

A: The same thing Arkansas.

Q: How do you row a canoe full of puppies?

A: Use a doggy paddle.

Q: What's a dancer's favorite crafty hobby?

A: Cutting a rug.

Q: What does a penguin use to build his house?

A: Igloos it together.

Q: What kind of music do chiropractors love best?

A: Hip pop.

Q: Where can you learn to make ice cream?

A: In sundae school.

Q: How can you identify dogwood trees?

A: By their bark.

Q: Our vacuum cleaner is getting old.

A: It's just gathering dust.

And last but not least . . .

Q: When does a joke become a “dad joke?”

A: When the punchline is apparent.


New Issue coming in February!

Going forward, Book Banter Magazine will be published every other month beginning in February with the start of season 3 of Book Banter with Dianne Burckhardt - Book Talk Podcast. We will also have the Year End Book Buying Guide in November for holiday shopping with every author guest from season 3. Follow us on social media to stay up to date on all our coming issues.

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The Into the West Saga Serial is Complete!

Check out the award-winning, historical fiction, family saga, Into the West Saga Serial. All the books, one through seven, are available now on Amazon. Click here to order your copy of each of the seven novellas in this serial today or you can read them all for free with Kindle

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Season three Episode Archive coming soon

Special Episode January 10th, 2024 Celebrating Our 100th Broadcast:

Special Guest: Pedro (P.R.) Burckhardt

Producer for Book Banter with Dianne Burckhardt Podcast and Book Banter Magazine

Season Three Begins February 7th with Two Months of Love Fest:

February 7th, S3 EP104: Romantic Love

Susan Horsnell, USA Today Bestselling Romance Author of A Cowboy for Corrine. Mail-Order Papa Series

February 14th, S3 EP105: Love of Film and Female Comedians

Elizabeth Teets, Author of Isn't She Great: Writers on Women Led Comedies from 9 to 5 to Booksmart

Elizabeth's Website

 February 21st, S3 EP106: Romantic Love

Terreece Clarke, Romance Author of The Courageous Love Series

Terreece's Website

February 28th, S3 EP107: Surviving Loss of a Loved One *Trigger Warnings*

La Toya Bond, Baker, Creator, Podcastor, Sui©ide Prevention Advocate and Author of Speaking of Love and Please Pass the Love Cookbook


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