Cooking up sales in SL: Maria Liberati and The Basic Art of Italian Cooking

Maria Liberati - SL Writers Club RoundtableLate last year, writers of the motion picture Beowulf stopped by Second Life to promote their up-coming film. This time around, Maria Liberati, former super-model, now celebrity chef, stopped by Athena Isle, as guest speaker for the Writers Club weekly meeting. She has just launched her second book, The Basic Art of Italian Cooking, available in stores and online at Amazon.

The format of a roundtable made this particularly enjoyable. Before long, there were quite a few of us sitting around Cybergrrl Oh’s magical table (a new chair appears every time someone sits on one). Maria proved to be very comfortable fielding questions and moving around. Considering this was her first time in Second  Life, I was impressed. We touched on various topics, from the use of fresh ingredients as the key to Italian cooking, to the Slow Food movement, very common in Europe, and now gaining a foothold in North America. Maria explained that her book is not so much a collection of recipes, as a story, or a collection of stories related to various dishes and foods in Italy.

Maria has a few plans in store, including a podcast and a television series featuring celebrities talking about what they like to eat and favorite recipes. The full transcript of the chat will be available a little later this week on the Second Life Writers Club website. You can join the SL Writers Life Club, free of charge, to get notified of upcoming guests. Just look up the name in the Groups tab in SL.

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