I met Donna Rapaccioli about seven years ago, during an event on the campus of Fordham University’s Gabelli School of Business. I was very proud of her career as the dean of this impressive business school. As a chef and restauranteur, I realized early in my career that if my passion for cooking was to grow and flourish, I needed to be a good businesswoman, knowing how to balance numbers as well as balance flavors in a sauté pan. It seems that Donna has a gift for both. In her new cookbook, When Life Hands You Lemons, Throw Tomatoes, she ventures into the history of her Italian-American family while offering over one hundred recipes that kept that family happy and fed. I found the book utterly charming, with recipes ranging from true Italian to Italian American to personal renditions, along with some of the different ethnic neighborhood flavors thrown in. A fun read with some great recipes to bring it all to the table!