Marjorie has been cooking since age 10,
learning to recreate her Italian family's favorite dishes at
the side of her mother and father, Rachel and Salvatore Mauriello.
There were no recipes to follow. Marjorie was taught to cook
by instinct, measuring ingredients in the palm of her hand, just
as her parents had done.
As a young adult, she began to write down just lists of ingredients
for several of the family creations. The marinara recipe, for
example, read: oil, garlic, salt, pepper, forte (red pepper),
oregano, and a can of crushed tomatoes. That and her taste buds
were all she had to go on.
In 1999, she began in earnest to preserve
the family legacy, resulting in her book "I'm So
Hungry, Even You’re
Startin' to Look Good," a nod to one of her father’s
playful remarks to her mother when dinner was a few minutes late.
It took two years to develop the recipe collection,
preparing dishes over and over until every ingredient was properly
measured. During this time, Marjorie began informal cooking classes
in her home for family and friends, and on occasion served as
a guest chef at dinner parties. In 2002, she penned a feature
on her family’s traditional Italian Christmas celebration,
which appeared in the Los Angeles Times Magazine.
Marjorie now writes about and teaches Southern
Italian cooking through her Los Angeles-based company, My Neapolitan
Kitchen. She is also partnered
in a Los Angeles-based production company, Three of a Kind
Productions, focusing on food, travel and lifestyle programming.
In 2004, she attended cooking school in Sorrento,
Italy, to broaden her repertoire of Neapolitan cooking. Upon
her return, Marjorie edited the school’s teaching materials, containing
some 130 recipes. She is currently
collaborating on a book with the school’s head chef. She
wrote an article about her experience at cooking school, which
appeared in the Los Angeles Times Travel Section.
Though cooking has long been her avocation, Marjorie
was for 25 years one of Los Angeles' most versatile entertainment
publicists. She has held a variety of staff positions, including
director of publicity for 20th Century Fox Television, Corporate
Communications and Fox Licensing. She has also worked as an independent
consultant for various studios and production companies. Prior
to her career in entertainment, Marjorie worked at newspapers
and in radio as a writer and news editor.