About Donna’s Latest Book

A culinary journey

Part cookbook and part memoir, When Life Hands You Lemons, Throw Tomatoes takes you on a culinary journey while highlighting the ties among business, everyday life, and, of course, cooking. Within these pages, you’ll find more than 100 recipes to create multi-course, delicious meals to share with your family and friends.

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When Life Hands You Lemons, Throw Tomatoes: Lessons in Life and Leadership

Beautiful recipes

Each chapter includes foolproof recipes for at-home meals, from appetizers (try the
Salty Guacamole) and main courses (a warming winter Chicken Cacciatore), to side dishes (always-a-hit Syracuse Salt Potatoes and Classic Tomato Salad), desserts (a super-simple Affogato alongside some complicated cookies), and even savory cocktails (the best Espresso Martini you’ll ever have). Hungry yet?

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Beautiful in its words, lessons, and recipes, this wonderful book takes you on a journey of family, food, and life. You will relish every page and every dish!

CHESTER ELTON, author of the New York Times bestseller The Carrot Principle

More than just a cookbook, this is a manual for living a life of resilience, passion, and purpose.

LERZON AKSOY, PHD, dean and George N. Jean PhD chair, Gabelli School of Business, Fordham University

“Utterly charming.”

LIDIA BASTIANICH, Emmy award–winning television host, bestselling cookbook author, and restaurateur

A love letter to the art of cooking, a testament to the power of nostalgia, and a source of inspiration for anyone seeking comfort, connection, and a deeper understanding of life’s simple pleasures.

MANDELL CRAWLEY, chief human resources officer, Morgan Stanley

Donna serves up stories from her life—some about her large, loving (and loud!) New York Italian family, and others that highlight key attributes of successful leadership.

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