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Amy Riolo is an internationally recognized expert known for fusing the worlds of cuisine, culture, and history in her work. An award - winning author, popular lecturer, food historian, food writer, culinary consultant, and cooking instructor, she was dubbed the "Cook to the Kings" by a Cairo newspaper in 2008.
Her first book, Arabian Delights; Recipes & Princely Entertaining Ideas from the Arabian Peninsula has received rave reviews (Capital Books). Her second book Nile Style; Egyptian Cuisine and Culture (Hippocrene Books) won the World Gourmand Award for "Best Arab Cuisine Book" in the United States in 2009. Her most recent book, The Mediterranean Diabetes Cookbook, (American Diabetes Association) was released in March 2010. Her work also appears in Aliza Green's The Fishmonger's Apprentice and Sheilah Kaufman's Upper Crusts, and The Canola Gourmet.
Amy's popular lectures range in topics and include everything from Middle Eastern business and dining etiquette to the history of all Mediterranean cuisines, and understanding cultures through cuisine.
She has been an invited guest speaker for Georgetown University, The Smithsonian Institution, The National Museum of African Art, The Walters Art Museum, The Kennedy Center, The Textile Museum, The Embassy of the Arab Republic of Egypt, The Embassy of Yemen, Welcome to Washington International, Montgomery College, Les Dames D'Escoffier, The Culinary Historians of Washington, Montgomery College, The Bibliotecha Alexandrina, The Egyptian Cultural and Education Bureau, The Baltimore-Luxor-Alexandria Sister City Committee and the Mycological Association of Washington, DC.
Amy also makes frequent appearances on numerous television and radio programs both in the United States and abroad including Fox TV, CBS, Montgomery and Fairfax County TV, Nile TV, The Travel Channel, Martha Stewart Living Radio, WHYY, and many others. She also develops recipes, writes content, and hosts instructional cooking videos for Harris Teeter, US Apple Association, and others.
Amy writes freelance articles for Cooking Light Magazine and her work has appeared in the Washington Post, Wall Street Journal, Cornell Alumni Magazine, Popular Anthropology Magazine, and Egyptian newspapers and hundreds of blogs. She is also the author of a blog called Dining with Diplomats (www.diningwithdiplomats.blogspot.com).
A graduate of Cornell University, Amy has experience in vocational, recreational, and children's instruction, as well as corporate team building and cultural/culinary events. Her knowledge of the Italian, French, Spanish, and Arabic languages has enabled her to interpret many cultures and cuisines with intimacy and ease. Her goal is to teach her philosophy of cooking and dining with both pleasure and health in mind. She regularly teaches cooking classes at Sur la Table in Arlington, Virginia, CulinAerie in Washington, DC, and for private organizations and parties.
A successful culinary consultant, Amy enjoys developing menus, recipes, training seminars, and themes for corporations, restaurants, and hotels. Amy is also a Guest Curator for museums where she incorporates sensory components like scent, touch, and taste into exhibits. She also works with curators to create menus and décor which represent the theme of new collections.
Amy is a member of The International Association of Culinary Professionals, Culinary Historians of Washington, Les Dames d'Escoffier (Global Culinary Initiative), Cornell Club of Washington (Restaurant Ser
ies Planning Committee), Baltimore - Luxor - Alexandria Sister City Committee (chairperson), and the World Digital Organization in Luxor, Egypt (Honorary Member). Amy is based in the Washington DC, area and leads culinary tours to both the Mediterranean and Middle East.