Amy Zavatto is the daughter of an old school Italian butcher who used to sell bay scallops alongside steaks, and is also the former Deputy Editor of Edible Brooklyn and Edible Manhattan. She holds her Level III Certification in Wine and Spirits from the WSET, and contributes to Imbibe, Whisky Advocate, SOMMJournal,, and others. She is the author of Forager's Cocktails: Botanical Mixology with Fresh, Natural Ingredients and The Architecture of the Cocktail. She's stomped around vineyards from the Finger Lakes to the Loire Valley and toured distilleries everywhere from Kentucky to Jalisco to the Highlands of Scotland. When not doing all those other things, Amy is the Director of the Long Island Merlot Alliance.

Facebook/Marcella Hazan

My Facebook Friend, Marcella Hazan

My one and only experience with Marcella Hazan was on Facebook. In a fit of desperate writerly need, I brazenly reached out to her via an IM. To my enormous surprise, she responded straight away.

I, Basil Hoarder

It’s almost Friday — so here’s a garden-fresh basil-based cocktail for your Thursday night drinking pleasure.