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The Arcaini Bookshelf

After retiring from the corporate world, I have dedicated most of my time to the passion I had set aside for so many years, i.e., writing and publishing about my experience and topics that are near to my heart.

 

My journey began with a book series entitled "Italy Then and Now," an exploration of each of Italy's twenty regions. Each volume delves into the region's historical significance, historical and contemporary celebrities, unique cuisines and wines, must-visit cities and landmarks, and traditional festivals. 

Recently, I authored two distinctive cookbooks, each featuring iconic recipes from Italy's diverse regions. The first book is a celebration of traditional Italian cuisine, while the second delves into the rich world of Italy's emerging vegan gastronomy.

My publications also include the translation of my father's autobiography, "Curly der Professor," from its original Italian language to English. Additionally, I penned "Confession of Your 18-Year-Old Son," a must-read offering invaluable insights for parents of teenage boys. 

Another surprising yet personal project is "Monkey Business," which discusses the pros and cons of owning or caring for a squirrel monkey. As a child growing up, our family always included two squirrel monkeys, which were considered an important part of our lives; after immigrating to the United States, I  added one of these beautiful creatures to my own family, and finally, my daughter recently expanded her family with two adorable pet squirrel monkeys. This book aims to educate potential owners about the significant responsibilities of caring for these exotic pets.

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TUSCANY

Gianni, a passionate cultural enthusiast, has returned to his roots in Italy and embarked on a mission to showcase the evolution of each region that has contributed to the beautiful country we know and love today. In this first installment of his series "Italy Then and Now," Gianni takes readers on a journey through the breathtaking region of Tuscany. Tuscany is home to some of the world's most renowned visionaries, including Leonardo Da Vinci, whose legacy inspires generations. The region is also famous for its wine and food, boasting some of the most delectable flavors in the world. Furthermore, Tuscany is the birthplace of the Italian language as we know it today, making it an essential stop for language enthusiasts. Through the pages of this book, readers will be transported to Tuscany's greatest cities, sites, and events, where the past and present coalesce to create the region's splendor. From the awe-inspiring art and architecture to the fascinating history and culture, Gianni captures the essence of Tuscany, taking readers on a journey of discovery.

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LIGURIA

This book highlights Italy's Ligurian region and discusses Famous Ligurians, Liguria through the Ages, Ligurian Dialect, Ligurian Food specialties with detailed recipes, and regional wines. The book also contains each of the Ligurian provinces with their major cities, landmarks, and historical and current traditional events.

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PIEDMONT & THE AOSTA VALLEY

This book is part of Gianni Arcaini's series entitled Italy Then and Now, which showcases how each region in Italy has evolved over time to create the beautiful country that is so beloved today. This book highlights the wonders and history of two very special regions– Piedmont and The Aosta Valley. From developing their own languages to playing important roles in Italy’s unification, these two regions truly helped make the country what it is today. Dive into Piedmont and Aosta’s greatest Celebrities, foods and exquisite wines, cities, sites, and events, and see foryourself how its past and present weave together to create the splendors that are Piemonte & Valle d’Aosta.

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LOMBARDY

Introducing the captivating fourth installment of the enthralling series "Italy Then and Now" - a collection that takes readers on an unforgettable journey through the diverse regions of Italy. In this remarkable volume, we delve into the rich tapestry of Lombardy, unveiling its fascinating evolution over time, celebrating its notable historical and contemporary figures, and indulging in the region's unique culinary delights and exquisite wines. Lombardy, known as the beating heart of northern Italy, boasts a profound legacy that has shaped the nation's history and culture. Within its boundaries lies the magnificent Lombardy Region, home to the illustrious province of Milan, a city renowned worldwide for its architectural wonders, fashion prowess, and its prestigious status as Italy's financial epicenter. At the core of Milan stands the awe-inspiring masterpiece, the "Duomo di Milano," a symbol of human dedication and craftsmanship. For nearly seven centuries, this majestic cathedral has been under construction, standing today as an architectural marvel that rivals the grandeur of any major capital in the world. The allure of Lombardy extends far beyond its capital, captivating visitors with its abundant cultural treasures and captivating landscapes. As the birthplace of countless visionaries, Lombardy has fostered renowned figures whose contributions have left an indelible mark on history. From iconic artists and influential intellectuals to revolutionary thinkers and groundbreaking scientists, the region's legacy is steeped in brilliance. Beyond its cultural and historical significance, Lombardy beckons gastronomic enthusiasts with its enticing regional cuisine. Each bite tells a story of culinary traditions passed down through generations, with a tantalizing blend of flavors and textures that reflect the region's diverse landscapes. From hearty risottos and delectable osso buco to creamy Gorgonzola cheese and delicate panettone, Lombardy's culinary repertoire is a feast for the senses. Furthermore, no exploration of Lombardy would be complete without immersing oneself in the region's celebrated wine culture. Nestled among rolling vineyards and picturesque hillsides, Lombardy offers oenophiles a treasure trove of wine specialties. From the sparkling effervescence of Franciacorta to the elegant richness of Valtellina's Nebbiolo, the region's vineyards produce nectars that embody the passion and artistry of the Lombard winemakers. Moreover, Lombardy's influence stretches far beyond the borders of Italy, reaching even the iconic cityscape of New York. The architecture that first emerged from Italy found its way across the Atlantic, leaving an indelible mark on the skyline of the bustling metropolis. The echoes of Lombardian artistry can be seen in the towering structures that grace the streets of New York, a testament to the enduring impact of Lombardy's architectural heritage. Join us as we embark on an enchanting expedition through Lombardy, discovering its multifaceted allure that seamlessly weaves together history, art, cuisine, and architecture. "Italy Then and Now: Lombardy" is a compelling tribute to this captivating region, offering readers a deeper understanding and appreciation of its extraordinary past, vibrant present, and promising future.

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MARCHE & UMBRIA

In his latest series, Gianni delves deep into Italy's diverse regions, capturing their evolution and rich heritage. This edition spotlights the regions of Marche and Umbria, blending tales of historical significance with modern-day marvels. These regions, celebrated for their distinct cuisines and wines, have been pivotal in shaping Italy's economic and political landscapes. Experience the vibrant cities, iconic sites, and momentous events that intertwine Marche and Umbria's past and present epitomizing the beauty and essence of Italy. Dive in and discover the tapestry of stories that make these regions truly exceptional.

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ABRUZZO & MOLISE

In his latest series, Gianni delves deep into Italy's diverse regions, capturing their evolution and rich heritage. This edition spotlights the regions of Abruzzo and Molise, blending tales of historical significance with modern-day marvels. These regions, celebrated for their distinct cuisines and wines, have been pivotal in shaping Italy's economic and political landscapes. Experience the vibrant cities, iconic sites, and momentous events that intertwine Abruzzo and Molise's past and present, symbolizing the beauty and essence of Italy. Dive in and discover the tapestry of stories that make these regions worthy to be included in your next travel to Italy.

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EMILIA ROMAGNA

This book highlights the wonders and history of a very special region, Emilia-Romagna. From developing one of the strongest economies in the country to playing an important role in developing Italy’s politics, this region has truly helped make the country what it is today. Dive into the region’s greatest cities, sites, and events and see for yourself how Its past and present weave together to create the splendor that is Emilia-Romagna.

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TRENTINO & FRIULI VENEZIA

This is the fifth of a series of books I have or will be released titled "Italy Then and Now," each dedicated to one of the twenty Italian regions. This book showcases both the Trentino-Alto Adige as well as the Friuli-Venezia Giulia regions' evolution, notable historical and contemporary figures, and unique regional cuisines and wine specialties. Given the relatively small size of the Trentino-Alto Adige and Friuli-Venezia Giulia regions, this book, as an exception, includes both regions.

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VENETO

This book is part of the series "Italy Then and Now," which sheds light on the unique development of each of Italy's twenty regions. Focusing on Veneto, this particular volume uncovers its wonders and heritage. The book reveals Veneto's significant contributions to Italy's language, art, and culture, showcasing its profound influence on the nation's identity. The narrative takes readers through Veneto's historical journey, with a special focus on urban landscapes, landmarks, celebrities, wines, and culinary specialties, highlighting the blending of its rich history with its contemporary spirit. This journey culminates in the splendor of La Serenissima.

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APULIA (Puglia)

In his latest publication, Gianni delves deep into Southern Italy's region of Apulia (Puglia in Italian), blending tales of historical significance with modern-day marvels. This region, celebrated for its distinct cuisine and wines, has been and continues to be pivotal in shaping Italy's economic and political landscapes. Experience the vibrant cities, iconic sites, and momentous events that intertwine Apulia’s past and present, symbolizing the beauty and essence of Italy. Dive in and discover the tapestry of stories that make this region worthy to be included in your next travel to Italy

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LAZIO (Rome and Vatican City)

In his latest publication, Gianni delves deep into Italy's region of Lazio, home to the historic city of Rome and the Vatican city state. This region and in partricular Rome and the Vatican have shaped the world both politically as well as spiritually. The book highlights the region's historical evolution and past and present customs, famous personalities, regional cuisine and wines, as well as important cities, landmarks and annual events. Most importantly, you will learn that there is much more to the region than just Rome or the Vatican.

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Basilicata & Calabria

This book highlights the wonders and history of two very special regions– Basilicata and Calabria. From developing their own languages to playing important roles in Italy’s unification, these two regions truly helped make the country what it is today. Dive into Basilicata's and Calabria's greatest Celebrities, foods and exquisite wines, cities, sites, and events, and see foryourself how their past and present weave together to create the splendors that are Basilicata and Calabria..

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Campania

In this remarkable volume, I delve into the rich tapestry of Campania, unveiling its fascinating evolution over time, celebrating its notable historical and contemporary figures, and indulging in the region's unique culinary delights and exquisite wines. Campania, known as the beating heart of southern Italy, boasts a profound legacy that has shaped the nation's history and culture. Within its boundaries lie the magnificent territories that include its capital, Naples, Capri, the Amalfi Coast, and several less-known local treasures. One of the most fascinating landmarks of the region is the Vesuvius, a stratovolcano located on the Gulf of Naples. It is most famous for its eruption in 79 AD, which buried the Roman cities of Pompeii and Herculaneum under a thick layer of volcanic ash and pumice. This eruption was one of the most catastrophic in European history and has left a lasting impact on the region. Vesuvius is still an active volcano, with its last eruption occurring in 1944. It is closely monitored due to the threat it poses to the surrounding area, which is densely populated. The allure of Campania extends far beyond its capital, captivating visitors with its abundant cultural treasures and captivating landscapes. As the birthplace of countless visionaries, Campania has fostered renowned figures whose contributions have left an indelible mark on history. From iconic artists and influential intellectuals to revolutionary thinkers and groundbreaking scientists, the region's legacy is steeped in brilliance. Beyond its cultural and historical significance, Campania beckons gastronomic enthusiasts with its enticing regional cuisine. Each bite tells a story of culinary traditions passed down through generations, with an irresistible blend of flavors and textures that reflect the region's diverse landscapes. Nestled among rolling vineyards and picturesque hillsides, Campania offers oenophiles a treasure trove of wine specialties. "Italy Then and Now: Campania" is a compelling tribute to this captivating region, offering readers a deeper understanding and appreciation of its extraordinary past, vibrant present, and promising future.

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Become a Master of Italian Cooking

Step into the alluring world of authentic Italian cuisine! Within the pages of this culinary odyssey, you are on the brink of embarking on a captivating journey that will not only elevate your culinary prowess but also deepen your appreciation for the diverse wonders of Italian gastronomy. Welcome to 'Become a Master of Italian Cooking,' subtitled 'Wow your Family and Friends,' your exclusive key to unlocking the cherished secrets of these timeless culinary traditions. I am delighted to serve as your guide on this delectable adventure. As the author of the book series 'Italy Then and Now,' available on Amazon, I have delved into the rich tapestry of Italian culture, covering a spectrum of topics ranging from celebrities, customs, historical evolution, provinces, landmarks, famous events, to delectable food recipes and wines hailing from regions across Italy.

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Italian Vegan Cuisine

In this book, Gianni casts a spotlight on Italian plant-based cuisine's depth and diversity. Building upon his "Italy Then and Now" series, available on Amazon, he explores how Italy’s culture has shaped its cuisine into what we cherish now. Gianni shares secrets of genuine Italian vegan cooking, providing numerous recipes for a wholesome lifestyle. This book is an invitation to replicate Italy’s most renowned culinary experiences. Transform your meals into gateways that transport you and your guests to the bustling streets of Milan, Florence, or Rome. Dive into these pages and let the simple, elegant spirit of “Vegan Italy” come to life.

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CURLY DER PROFESSOR

This is a translation of my Father's autobiography, describing the eventful life of an Italian boy, a musician who matured early, and who fought a solitary war against Nazi Germany. During WW2, he struggled to keep food on his family's table and risked his life helping Jewish families and regime dissenters flee Nazi Germany. His code name was "Curly der Professor." He narrowly escaped the death penalty as he was hiding in the woods. He survived the war and Nazi Germany thanks to the rescue of Europe by American troops.

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CONFESSIONS OF YOUR 18-YEAR-OLD SON

This book explores the challenges faced by parents of 18-year-old boys, delving into their deepest secrets and struggles. It provides insight into what hides behind their seemingly happy facades, addressing topics such as mental health, social pressures, and technology's impact. Employing a developmentally-focused approach, the book offers practical advice and guidance to help parents better understand and support their sons during this critical stage of their lives. Featuring real-life stories while maintaining privacy, this book is an essential resource for parents, educators, and anyone working with adolescent boys.

MONKEY BUSINESS

This book discusses the Pros and Cons of owning a squirrel monkey in the United States. How to care for a pet squirrel monkey, the necessary living environment, the types of food, and how to ensure the health and wellness of a squirrel monkey.  They are VERY cute, but before letting your emotion drive your decision to adopt this cute creature, you should read this book.

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