When Zia Donatella comes to live with the Bertolizzi family, little do Alfie and his older sister Emilia know what's in store for them. Zia Donatella is determined to show the kids how a home-cooked meal is better than even the best take-out pizza or burrito. And when Zia's plan actually transports Alfie and Emilia to famous food cities around the world, they learn first-hand how food cannot only take you places but can also bring you back home.

In the third book in the series, Zia's secret ingredient takes Alfie and Emilia to the other side of the world - Hong Kong! Ying and her family are convinced that Alfie and Emilia are the foreign exchange students scheduled to visit them, and the siblings soon find themselves helping out with the opening of the family's new restaurant. Between shopping at the markets, assisting in the kitchen, and trying to get back home, Alfie and Emilia discover the sights and sounds of the exotic and bustling city.

When Zia Donatella comes to live with the Bertolizzi family, little do Alfie and his older sister Emilia know what's in store for them. Zia Dontella is determined to show the kids how a home-cooked meal is better than even the best take-out pizza or burrito. And when Zia's plan actually transports Alfie and Emilia to famous food cities around the world, they learn first-hand how food can not only take you places but can also bring you back home.

Alfie and Emilia are transported to Paris, where a case of mistaken identity finds them caught up in the behind the scenes drama at a traditional French cooking school. As they explore the beautiful city of light and try to figure out how to get back home, they meet an incredible cast of French characters, as well as sample some of the best pastries and real hot chocolate that Paris has to offer.

When Zia Donatella comes to live with the Bertolizzi family, little do Alfie and his older sister Emilia know what's in store for them. Zia Donatella is determined to show the kids how a home-cooked meal is better than even the best take-out pizza or burrito. And when Zia's plan actually transports Alfie and Emilia to famous food cities around the world, they learn first-hand how food cannot only take you places but can also bring you home again.

In Book 1, Alfie and Emilia find themselves transported to Naples, where they meet Marco, a young Italian boy on a very important mission to shop for the essential ingredients for his family's entry in the city's annual Pizzafest contest.

About the Author

Giada De Laurentiis is the star of Food Network’s Everyday Italian and Giada at Home, a judge on Food Network Star, a contributing correspondent for NBC’s Today Show, and the author of six New York Times bestselling cookbooks. She has three new books coming out this fall: Giada De Laurentiis's Recipe for Adventure: Naples! and Paris! (September 2013), the first two books in a new children’s chapter book series that transports readers to famous food cities around the world; and Giada's Feel Good Food (November 2013), a collection of Giada's secrets for staying fit and her healthy recipes. She attended the Cordon Bleu in Paris and worked at Wolfgang Puck’s Spago restaurant in Los Angeles before starting her own catering company, GDL Foods. Born in Rome, she grew up in Los Angeles, where she now lives with her husband, Todd, and their daughter, Jade.

Giada's Tour Info

  • Thursday, September 5th

    Today show appearance

    Signing at NBC Store
    30 Rockefeller Plaza
    New York, NY
    Signing at 11 am

    Barnes & Noble, Union Square
    33 E 17th St
    New York, NY 10003
    Signing at 6 pm

  • Friday, September 6

    New York and New Jersey

    Rachel Ray appearance

    Wegman’s
    724 Route 202 South
    Bridgewater, NJ 08807
    Ticketed talk and signing, 6-8 pm

  • Saturday, September 7

    Northvale, NJ
    Books and Greetings
    271G Livingston St
    Northvale, NJ 07647
    Ticketed signing at 12 pm

  • Monday, September 9

    Naperville, IL
    Anderson’s Bookshop Off-site ticketed event
    Pfeiffer Hall, North Central College
    310 E. Benton Ave Naperville, IL 60540
    Ticketed signing at 7 pm

  • Wednesday, September 11

    Austin, TX
    Signing at BookPeople
    603 N Lamar Blvd, Austin, TX 78703
    Signing at 7 pm

  • Thursday, September 12

    Miami, FL
    Signing at Books & Books Bal Harbour
    9700 Collins Avenue, Bal Harbour, FL 33154
    Ticketed signing at 6 pm

  • Sunday, September 22

    Washington DC
    National Book Festival
    Washington Mall
    Presentation and signing at 12 pm