Cristian Marino

Executive Italian Chef | Culinary Consultant

The Black and White “Smile”: Special edition of The Recipes of my Smile

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Special edition of the book – The “Recipes” of my Smile –
totally in black and white .

A strong story that tells one of the side effects of Covid-19 and how important it is to maintain an optimistic approach to life, always and in any case.
365 days of pandemic experienced by chef and traveler Cristian Marino.

This book is not intended to be a cookbook, but rather a way to share my learning of this unusual year and confirming that optimistic life approach has helped me a lot and this could help you too.
I am aware that we all faced difficult situations last year, but we have also learned a lot. Moreover, I am convinced that my story will also motivate or at least give you the clue to look at things from a different perspective and why not you will also have the chance to learn some of my culinary secrets.
In the first part of the book, I decided to tell about my misadventure locked up in a secret room-prison at the airport in Kuala Lumpur due to Covid-19 and of the longest 24 hours of my life.Next, I tell how my optimistic outlook on life reinforced by the recent work experience I had in Indonesia helped me stay fit.
The 7 benefits I have had by totally eliminating alcohol from my diet.

In the middle of the book, I describe 12 recipes, that I cooked during lockdown as you may have seen on the videos published last year on my social media channels.

Where you will learn among other things:

  • My secret to lemon and prawn risotto (on the cover)
  • The recipe of my favorite whole wheat pizza
  • Healthy version of eggplant parmigiana
  • How to make homemade gnocchi
  • How to cook (double fried) French fries like a professional
  • The secret to prepare homemade mayonnaise in 3 minutes
  • How to cook the perfect seafood spaghetti
  • How to obtain a perfect poached egg.


As you can see dear reader friends, I did not miss almost anything and all the recipes in this book were done not in a professional kitchen but in a simple home kitchen during the quarantine time in Bucharest.
Mine is pure personal testimony of the benefits I have had during the year thanks to
three simple habits:

  1. A balanced diet
  2. No Alcoholic drinks
  3. A little of physical activity in my daily routine (No hard work)

Which helped me stay calm, keep an optimistic outlook on life and then focus on reinventing myself once again in my work.
You are now ready to enter my personal world through this book,let’s go and find out together:

The “Recipes” of my Smile in black and white !

The Black and White “Smile”