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An award-winning journalist whose work has appeared in leading national magazines and newspapers, Mary Ann Castronovo Fusco developed an expertise in food writing and penned the weekly “In Season” column for the Savor food section of The Star-Ledger, NJ’s largest daily newspaper, for 12 years.

Besides food, the subjects of her magazine cover stories have included celebrities, sports, and social issues. For The New York Times, she wrote numerous “In Person” profiles on individuals ranging from a Catholic archbishop to an Olympic fencer. She has also written on fashion, travel, health, interior design, entertainment, education, and employment.

Her freelance articles have been published in Ambassador, Bridal Guide, The Carriage Journal, Center, Child, Compassion, Consumers Digest, Cosmopolitan, Creative Ideas for Living, Diversion Vacation Planner, Employment Relations Today, Garden State Report, Glamour, Graduating Engineer, Home, House Beautiful, Italian America, The Jersey Journal, Kick, McCall’s, Men’s Guide to Fashion, Metropolitan Home, New Jersey Monthly, New York Daily News, Pastry Art & Design, The Record, Redbook, The SoHo Weekly News, 3-2-1 Contact, Travel & Leisure, Working Mother, and Working Woman.

She is a member of the American Society of Journalists and Authors and the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators.


New Jersey Monthly

Alexander Hamilton Was Here and Here And… (online article)
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History is happening in New Jersey, and we just happen to be in the greatest state in the world.

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The Star-Ledger

"In Season"
Selections from the weekly “In Season” column, Savor food section.

Luigi’s Jazz Centre

The New York Times

IN PERSON: 'Never Stop Moving' (online article) – or – download PDF.
What do you call an entertainer who is paralyzed at 21 but goes on to dance in 40 films and to teach John Travolta, Michael Bennett, Susan Stroman, Madonna, Barbra Streisand, Elliot Gould, Liza Minnelli, Twyla Tharp, Robert Morse and countless others his unique dance style? The dance world calls him Luigi -- the name bestowed on Eugene Louis Faccuito by Gene Kelly.

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Choice Selections

  Nico Kitchen + Bar: Chef Ryan DePersio's hard work pays off with NJPAC's new restaurant (online article) – or – download PDF
Ryan DePersio, one of the brightest stars on the local gastronomy scene, kicks off Act Three of his career by headlining the new restaurant at the NJPAC in Newark.

  Sage Advice on Thanksgiving Recipes with Sage (online article) – or – download PDF
Traditionally used in turkey stuffing recipes, fresh sage imparts full-bodied fragrance and flavor when tucked under the skin of any bird, or even placed atop pork or veal.


Newark's Rich Restaurant Heritage (Quciktime 8-minute inverview segment) – or – (WOR podcast of full 38-minute program)
As editor of Zagat New Jersey, Mary Ann Fusco discusses Newark's restaurants as guest 9/30/2010 on The Joan Hamburg Show on WOR NewsTalk Radio.


Timeless Sardines (online article)– or – download PDF. Low in cost and high nutritional value, versatile and sustainable, sardines are making a splash on the American dining scene. Learn how to give them expert Mediterranean treatment.

American Society of Journalists and Authors Award Winner

  “Batter’s Up—in the Kitchen” (online article) – or – download PDF. How to make sweet and savory fritters without frittering away a lot of time.

  Authentic Neapolitan Pizza (online article) – or – download PDF. Find one (and learn how to make one for yourself).


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